In a bit greater than a decade, economist Michael A. Lebowitz has written a number of significant works concerning the transition from socialism to capitalism: past Capital(winner of the Deutscher Prize), Build It Now, The Socialist Alternative, and The Contradictions of “Real Socialism.” right here, he develops and deepens the research contained in these pathbreaking works through tracing significant matters in socialist idea from the 19th century throughout the twenty-first.
Lebowitz explores the most obvious yet virtually universally overlooked indisputable fact that as people interact to supply society’s items and providers, we additionally “produce” anything else: specifically, ourselves. people are formed via situations, and any imaginative and prescient of socialism that ignores this truth is certain to fail, or, at top, reproduce the alienation of work that's endemic to capitalism. yet how can humans remodel their conditions in a fashion that permits them to re-organize creation and, while, satisfy their human strength? Lebowitz units out to reply to this question first through analyzing Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Programme, and from there investigates the studies of the Soviet Union and more moderen efforts to construct socialism in Venezuela. He argues that socialism within the twenty-first century needs to be lively through a valuable imaginative and prescient, in 3 components: social possession of the technique of construction, social creation prepared by way of employees, and the delight of communal wishes and communal reasons. those essays pay off cautious interpreting and mirrored image, and turn out Lebowitz to be one of many ultimate Marxist thinkers of this period.