The Long Detour
The History and Future of the American Left New edition
By (author) James Weinstein
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Long Detour by James Weinstein
Book DescriptionAn engaging account of American socialism, past and future, as witnessed by a key historian and founder of one of the modern left's most important news magazines, In These Times . The Long Detour is an intellectually engaging overview of the history of socialism in the United States and of the continuing relevance of socialist principles today. Historian and journalist James Weinstein, a lifelong socialist and one-time Communist, takes readers from the movement's early years of utopian communities, through the heyday of engagement with the makers of corporate America, and into the future of a de-industrializing era. He contends that socialism as a political movement was sidetracked when Communist domination of the American left stifled creative social thought and diverted the traditional left into sterile disputes over the true nature of the Soviet Union. And he argues that while "real existing socialism" - which is what the Soviets called their system - is dead, the humane social principles articulated by Marx and the leaders of the pre-1917 socialist movement remain vitally important to those on the left who seek to realize the promise of American democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813342511
(229mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Explores whether American free speech doctrine systematically discriminates against women and minorities.
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Author Biography - James Weinstein
James Weinstein is the founding editor and publisher of "In These Times" magazine, and was the founder of the "Socialist Review." He is the author of several books, including "The Decline of Socialism in America" and "The Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State." He lives in Chicago.
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