The Hunger for a Bold Socialism

Source: Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, AUG 2, 2018

The political preferences of two college professors, writing in a prominent leftist journal, are informed by the belief that “making people’s lives materially better isn’t enough.” …. Of course, bold socialists intent on destroying rather than reforming capitalism have brought about some rather unpleasant historical outcomes. Lest anyone imagine that the authors are unaware, they include words nodding to potential pitfalls. Here is that unintentionally extraordinary passage: “Socialists don’t just want to replace private ownership with state ownership,” Desan and McCarthy argue. “In the same way we don’t believe that capitalists should be able to have disproportionate control over economic resources, we don’t think unaccountable state officials and bureaucrats should have the power to control investment and production through ‘socialism from above.’ In some cases, like the former Soviet Union,” they add, “the failings of such a system are nearly as deep as those of capitalism itself.” ….

Opinion: What should Democrats do to win? It’s time for them to bet on radicalism.
Source: Larry Beinhart, Al Jazeera, August 2, 2018