Arguing for socialism: a bibliography
by Mark C. Rosenzweig
A descriptive note from the author:
The idea of this bibliography is to provide a reading list for younger people, literate but not necessarily erudite,
leaning in an anarcho-road-to-disillusion direction, just to give life to the idea of the most general, coherent alternative
to capitalism: socialism in one form or another. It's not meant to show how many different types of socialism there are, or
be a "Socialism and..." type of thing (e.g. "Socialism and American Art" or "Socialism and Anarchism")
but just meant to reestablish, revitalize a little, the belief that there can be an alternative to capitalism which is not
just 'do your own thing and if we meet at a demo that's great.'
Some of these writings are only available through libraries, some at your B&N or thru Powell's. None of it is
"scholarly" but all of it is more than merely preachy. It's an arbitrary selection, but it was made to avoid presentations
of socialism meant to promote a particular brand-name (e.g. Trotskyism or Communism) as the only or best or genuine socialism.
None are canonical texts yet some are clasics, some brilliant; some are just effective, some aproach it from an interesting
angle. It's a small way of contributing to the idea of creating a broad left with a range of shared beliefs and plenty of
room to debate something which is feasible and worth working for.
Writings on the wall: a radical and socialist anthology 1215-1984 Benn, Tony ed. 318p Faber & Faber
A thousand years of campaigning for justice, freedom, equality, in an anthology of writings, speeches, songs. A book
to "Provide hope and courage and, above all, the certainty that we are not alone."(T.Benn)
Marxism & Democracy Aptheker, Herbert, ed. Monograph Series Number One 113p 1965 American Institute for Marxist Studies/
Humanities Press, New York
"How can the rights of the individual be protected..." . First in a series of dialogues held between Marxist
and non-Marxist thinkers. Symposium held in NYC Apr. 23rd 1964
Essays on Socialism Patsouras, Louis and Thomas, Jack Roy 409p 1992 Mellen Research University Press, San Francisco
A little-known, recent anthology of essays on ideas and figures in the many kinds of socialist tendencies -- utopian,
anarchist, Marxian, ethical, parliamentary, extra-parliamentary. Includes contributions on Christianity and socialism, on
Socialism and class, on socialist unity in practice and even on anti-socialist thought. A useful text
For socialism Landauer, Gustav (translated by David J. Parenrt) 150p 1978 Telos Press
A presentation of decentralized, libertarian socialism and a critique of social-democratic orthodoxies by a martyred revolutionary
of the failed uprising in Bavaria in 1919.
How to commit revolution, American style: an anthology [Bicentennial Declaration] Rifkin, Jeremy and Rossen, John 1973
Lyle Stuart, Inc. Secaucus, New Jersey
Reflections on the living significance of the American revolutionary tradition, origially written in the Bicentennial
Socialism and the limits of liberalism Osborne, Peter ,.ed 1991 Verso London
11 essays show that while appearing more besieged than ever before, socialism's classical critique of liberal ideas still
maintains its vitality and can fruitfully inform a number of practical perspectives, Rights, equality, difference, history,
feminism, ecology, identity -- all from a vigorous yet critical socialist point of view. Authors include: T. Furmiss, A,
Arblaster, R. Blackburn, J. Berstein, R. Norman, Anne Phillips, M. Rustin, P. Osborne, Gayatri Spivak, T. Benton, Kate Soper
Socialism on the threshold of the Twenty-first century/Cavtat Conference Nikolic, Milos ed. 311p 1985 Verso NY/London
10th Round Table of the "Socialism in the World" international conference, held shortly before the fate of socialism
was to experience a sea change of monumental proportions, shows the relative independence of the socialist project from the
fate of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc. The thread will be picked up again and re-woven in a tapestry which will be a testimony
to the indomitable will of peoples for peace, justice, security, equity, beauty, and human development and mutual appreciation
Socialism unbound Bronner, Stephen Eric 241p 1990 Routledge London
Especially see last chapter, p 146-187. 'Prolegomena to a Theory of Socialism.'
The Intelligent woman's guide to socialism, capitalism, sovietism & fascism Shaw, Bernard 524p First published 1928/Definitve
text 1965 Penguin Books Ltd London
A brilliant, political tour , urbane and full of wit and dialectic, which ends with a powerful presentation of the socialist
faith, based on the overwhelming idea that economic inequality perverts and distorts every aspect of modern life.
Socialism for students Cohen, Joseph E. 153p 1909
Charles H, Kerr & Company Chicago
Essays reprinted from the turn-of -the-century International Socialist Review with some insightful , compelling yet
accessible arguments and felicitous formulations of ideas.Includes as an appendix a very useful reading list with unusual
items supplementing each chapter.
Thinkers and Treasurers Dunham, Barrows Monthly Review Pamphlet Series -- no. 15 47p Monthly Review Press New York
Socialism explicated in the relation between two types, the Thinkers and the Treasurers: need they be in conflict? Written
by a philosopher entangled in the great congressional witch-hunt.
Socialism in the nuclear age Eaton, John 191p 1961 International Publishers/Lawrence & Wishart New York/London
A Britsh economist makes a case for the union of science and humanism in the struggle for socialism. Written from a Marxist
point of view but relatively jargon -free.
Why socialism? Einstein, Albert Monthly Review Pamphlet No. 1 10p 1958 Monthly Review Press New York
A landmark statement in defense of the necessity of socialism by the greatest scientist of the twentieth century. Voted
'Man of the Century' by Time magazine..Reprinted as pamphlet in 1958. Originally appeared in Volume One , Number One of "Monthly
Review: an independent socialist magazine"
Triumph of the market: essays on economics, politics and the media Herman, Edward S. 276 1995 South End Press
A compilation of Wharton School, Professor Emeritus of Finance Edward Herman's writings, displaying in detail the effects
of the hard-sell of market ideology on human welfare, analyzing and debunking, with incisiveness and wit, the myths of the
neutrality of the 'science of 'economics', a highly politicized discipline, in rationalizing the literal rape of the earth
and humanity by its drive towards global corporatization.
The truth about socialism Huberman, Leo 153p 1950 Lear Publishers New York
An ABC of Socialism, an introduction and a sketch, by the author's own admission. An over-looked book by a highly regarded
author it is actually much more than he modestly proclaims and is a wonderful tool in the socialist's toolbox for counter-education
about capitalism and socialism.
Marxism in the United States: history before the Russian Revolution Johnson, Oakley (1976-1919) American Institute for
Marxist Studies Series no. 9 196p 1974 Humanities Press New York
While dealing with the narrower question of the origins of specifically Marxian socialism, it is nonetheless an illuminating
account of the relevance of socialism to the USA and its first exponents in its Marxian form. Explores early roots of systematic
socialist thought, organization and practice in the USA.
Helen Keller: Her socialist years Keller, Helen Foner, Philip S ed, 128p 1967 International Publishers New York
"Helen Keller is blind, deaf and dumb, yet in her blindness she sees oppression, in her deafness she hears the cry
of outraged humanity, in her speechlessness she voices the demand for justice ." (Frederick Upham Adams, Cleveland Press
Red hunting in the promised land Kovel, Joel 331p 1994 Basic Books
A depth psycho-history of mass irrational hostilty to left political radicalism in America, which shows "red-hunting"
to be deeply ingrained in what Kovel calls 'America's civil religion.' and in some of the deeper structures of Western civilization.
Freedom is as Freedom Does Lamont, Corliss 327p 1990 Continuum/Ungar
The relation between the fight for the right to argue and organize for socialism and fundamental change to the defense
of the Bill of Rights and the expansion of the sphere of intellectual freedom and other civil liberties, by a veteran of the
ACLU, the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee and an honorary President of the American Humanist Association.. Forward
by Bertrand Russell
Jack London/American rebel London, Jack Foner, Philip S. ed. 553p 1947 Citadel Press
A collection of his social writings. Powerful. Extensive biographical introduction by P. S, Foner
Philosophy of world revolution [translation of "Philosophie von Weltrevolutionen,Beitrag zu einer Anthologie der
Revolutionstheorien". /Wien 1966) Marek, Franz 138p 1969 Lawrence & Wishart Ltd London 1969
An intelligent , informed, critical, relatively independent Communist contribution into issues in revolutionary theory,
with erudite but accessible discussion of issues in the matter of the international character of revolutionary processes.Not
non-sectarian, but little known today and worth noting as peculiarly valuable in questioning the general issue of 'historical
inevitability' once a mainstay of marxian thought. (trans. Daphne Smith)
Socialism or barbarism: from the "American Century" to the crossroads
Meszaros, Istvan 126p 2001 Monthly Review Press NY
Detailed analysis of development of US global power shows how supremacy has come at the cost of exhausting the universalizing
pretensions of capitalism. Capitalist globalism poses greater threats to humanity than ever before.
Socialism for a skeptical age Miliband, Ralph 211p 1994 Verso NY/London
Masterful defense of socialism by the late Ralph Miliband against all the developments in recent years which have called
into question the idea of the possibility, the necessity and the desirability of socialism as well as refuting all the traditional
arguments about human nature and political power. A political testament which still, even as his last work, asks the hard
questions and does not settle for easy answers.
Political writings of William Morris Morris, William Morton, A.L. ed. 245p 1973 International Publishers
William Morris (1834-1894), poet, novelist, essayist, artist, craftsman. For Morris socialism embraced the whole of human
life and was not just an economic or political system. Intro. by A.L. Morton
The making of a radical: a political autobiography Nearing, Scott 308p 1972 Harper Colophon Books
The autobiography of the forging of an independent American socialist. Includes a complete bibliography of this prolific
A Scott Nearing reader Nearing, Scott Sherman, Steve, ed 301 1989 Scarecrow Press, Inc Metuchen, NJ
Socialism and the good life, Yankee style. Passionate, independent-minded, intelligent, common sense. Brilliant at times.
Forward by Helen Nearing
The Economics of Feasible Socialism Nove, Alec 244p 1983
George Allen &Unwin
The possibility of an efficient and humane socialism, feasible in our lifetime, made by a socialist economist without
any Marxian assumptions.
Dreams Schreiner, Olive 163p 1939 Little, Brown & Co, Boston
A highly unusual, sensitive poetic argument for socialism, the liberation of women, and, through that, the liberation
of humanity. A feminist icon and socialist pioneer.
Socialisn and the New Life: The personal and sexual politics of Edward Carpenter and Havelock Ellis Rowbotham, Sheila/Weeks,Jeffrey
198p 1977 Pluto Press Ltd. Southhampton UK
Exploring nineteenth century British socialism's principal figures establishing the interconnection between personal and
sexual life and radical social reform through two figures who made the dream of a New Life part of the promise of socialist
Myth of the market: promises and illusions Seabrook, Jeremy 189p 1991 Black Rose Books
The forced feeding of market values is disintegrating the West and devastating the Third World, in the latter case also
eliminating the last vestiges of the last living signs that the market is not a 'natural 'phenomenon. An argument against
the dictatorship of the market, the basis for any effective program based on for the possibility and necessity of socialism
and of the need for a Red-Green alliance.
Has socialism failed? Slovo, Joe Umsebenzi Discussion Pamphlet 28p 1990 South African Communist Party
Probing, ruthlessly honest, controversial evaluation of the significance of the collapse of the Soviet Union, by the late
Chairman of the South African Communist Party. An argument for he possibility of a wiser, more just, more humane post-Soviet
communism and an analysis of the fall of 'actually-existing socialism.'
Socialism Sweezy, Paul M. Harris, Seymour H., series editor Ecocnomcs Handbook Series 276p 1949 McGraw-Hill New York
A remarkable and little-known textbook, which is both suitable in style for an introductory undergraduate course and well-argued
and comprehensive enough to answer the most sophisticated needs
"What is read and what should be" Szabo, Ervin Litvan, Gyorgy \Bak, Janos M. ed. in Socialism and Social Science:
Selected writings of Ervin Szabo 198-201 1911 trans. Routledge & Kegan Paul
A librarian socialist on libraries and socialism.
Arguments for a new left: answering the free-market right
Wainwright, Hilary 325p 1993 Blackwell Oxford, UK
"As disillusion sets in with the free-market right ...Hilary Wainwright retrieves and develps what was best in the
thinking and practice of the new left." ,,,"[T]ransformative political agency as self-consciously experimental and
involving a combination of representative and participatory forms of democracy." [from the book jacket]
The soul of man under socialism Wilde, Oscar. 2001 paperback Penguin USA.
Born in Ireland, he died in exile in Paris after being imprisoned for homosexuality in England. Wilde (1854-1900) wrote
a novel, many short stories and poems, volumes of criticism and, of course, plays. His vision of socialism in the suggested
essay, with its abhorrence of inequality, suffering, shabbiness, meaningless labor and violence, envisions a future in which
people can dream freely and create and enjoy beauty while an imagined automated industry takes care of the soul-crushing labor
which is the burden of the majority of mankind.
Socialist Reasoning: An inquiry into the political philosophy of scientific socialism Collier, Andrew. 184p. Pluto Press
A British philosopher examines the coherence and significance of the idea of politics involved in making the case for
socialism from the concrete analysis (science) of capitalist society, arguing for the continued relevance in this framework
of 'the Big Words of political philosophy, like 'liberty', 'justice', 'rights'...". Written with refreshing verve and
clarity, it ably explicates its theses in an almost conversational tone, with modesty and humor.