Michael Kazin,Kate Aronoff,Peter Dreier

We Own the Future

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A stunningly original and timely collection that makes the case for “socialism, American style”
It’s a strange day when a New York Times conservative columnist is forced to admit that the left is winning, but as David Brooks wrote recently, “the American left is on the cusp of a great victory.” Among Americans under thirty, 43 percent had a favorable view of socialism, while only 32 percent had a favorable view of capitalism. Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans questioned the fundamental tenets of capitalism and expressed openness to a socialist alternative.
We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style offers a road map to making this alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The book includes a crash course in the history and practice of democratic socialism, a vivid picture of what democratic socialism in America might look like in practice, and compelling proposals for how to get there from the age of Trump and beyond.
With contributions from some of the nation’s leading political activists and analysts, We Own the Future articulates a clear and uncompromising view from the left—a perfectly timed book that will appeal to a wide audience hungry for change.
Table of Contents

Part I: Is a New America Possible?
Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin
How Socialists Changed America
Peter Dreier and Michael Kazin
Toward a Third Reconstruction
Andrea Flynn, Susan Holmberg, Dorian Warren, and Felicia Wong
A Three-Legged Stool for Racial and Economic Justice
Darrick Hamilton
Democratic Socialism for a Climate-Changed Century
Naomi Klein
Part II: Expanding Democracy
Governing Socialism
Bill Fletcher Jr.
We the People: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance, and Election Reform
J. Mijin Cha
Confronting Corporate Power
Robert Kuttner
Building the People’s Banks
David Dayen
Democracy, Equality, and the Future of Workers
Sarita Gupta, Stephen Lerner, and Joseph A. McCartin
Who Gets to Be Safe? Prisons, Police, and Terror
Aviva Stahl
On Immigration: A Socialist Case for Open Borders
Michelle Chen
On Foreign Policy: War from Above, Solidarity from Below
Tejasvi Nagaraja
Part III: The Right to a Good Life
Livable Cities
Thomas J. Sugrue
What Does Health Equity Require? Racism and the Limits of Medicare for All
Dorothy Roberts
The Family of the Future
Sarah Leonard
Defending and Improving Public Education
Pedro Noguera
Reclaiming Competition: Sports and Socialism
David Zirin 
What About a Well-Fed Artist? Imagining Cultural Work in a Democratic Socialist Society
Francesca Fiorentini
How Socialism Surged, and How It Can Go Further
Harold Meyerson
Afterword: A Day in the Life of a Socialist Citizen
Michael Walzer
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495 printed pages
Original publication
The New Press



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