An 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".
An engaging account of American socialism, past and future, as witnessed by a key historian and founder of one of the modern lefts 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.
Table of Contents
The First Round: A Home of Their Own 1 (16)
Birth Pangs: Socialism Enters the Real World 17 (28)
Limits of Growth: Principles Transcend Party 45 (32)
Good Intentions: The Russian Revolution As 77 (30)
an Act of War
Playing Catch-Up but Losing Ground 107(26)
Capitalism Collapses: Whatever Happened to 133(36)
Fronts, Decay, Amnesia, and a New Left 169(24)
Thigh Bone Connected to the Hip Bone: The 193(26)
Women's Movement, Civil Rights, and the War
The Hard Part: Socialist Principles in the 219(30)
Entering the Mainstream: What Is to Be Done? 249(16)