Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and Prospects by Stephen Eric Bronner

Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and Prospects

byStephen Eric Bronner, Dick Howard

Kobo ebook | November 22, 2011

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Published more than twenty years ago, Stephen Eric Bronner's bold defense of socialism remains a seminal text for our time. Treating socialism as an ethic, reinterpreting its core categories, and critically confronting its early foundations, Bronner's work offers a reinvigorated "class ideal" and a new perspective for progressive politics in the twentieth century.

Socialism Unbound is an extraordinary work of political history that revisits the pivotal figures of the labor movement: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Karl Kautsky, Vladimir Lenin, and Rosa Luxemburg. Examining their contributions as well as their flaws, Bronner shows how critical innovation gave way to dogma. New practical problems have arisen, and this volume engages with the relationship between class and social movements, institutional accountability and democratic participation, economic justice and market imperatives, and internationalism and identity. With a foreword by Dick Howard and a new introduction by the author, Bronner's classic study remains indispensable for scholars and activists alike.

Stephen Eric Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of civic diplomacy and human rights at the Institute for World Challenges, Rutgers University. Chair of the executive committee at U.S. Academics for Peace and senior editor of the internet journal Logos, he has published more than twenty-five books, in...
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Title:Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and ProspectsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 22, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231527357

ISBN - 13:9780231527354

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dick Howard
Preface to the New Second Edition
Acknowledgments
1. The Democratic Legacy of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
2. Karl Kautsky: The Rise and Fall of Orthodox Marxism
3. Eduard Bernstein and the Logic of Revisionism
4. Leninism and Beyond
5. A Bridge to the Present: Rosa Luxemburg and the Underground Tradition
6. Recasting the Project: Prologue for a Critical Theory of Socialism
Notes
Index

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Praise for the first edition:"A humane and erudite book. Bronner's bold analysis of the labor movement in theory and practice explores its past contributions and mistakes, reshapes its socialist legacy for the present, and illuminates the emancipatory project for the future."?Frances Fox Piven, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America"Provides one of the finest historical accounts of the socialist tradition yet written."? New Political Science"Bronner has written a book which helps prepare the groundwork for the realization of our collective dreams."? New Politics"An interesting, sophisticated, and deeply principled examination of socialism's past and future and will appeal to readers with a theoretical bent and an interest in its emancipatory project."? The American Political Science Review