The Renewing of Socialism

The Renewing of Socialism: An Introduction” [PDF], Monthly Review, vol. 57, no. 3 (July-August 2005), pp. 1-18.


  • Chinese translation by Zhuang Junju, Contemporary World and Socialism (China), no. 1 (2006).
  • Translated in Monthly Review, Turkish edition, no. 1 (2006), pp. 11-30
  • Greek translation published in Monthly Review (Greek edition, Athens, 2006), pp. 7-26.

Articles in Monthly Review often end by invoking the socialist alternative to capitalism. Readers in recent years have frequently asked us what this means. Didn’t socialism die in the twentieth century? Wasn’t it defeated by capitalism? More practically: if socialism is still being advocated what kind of socialism is it? Are we being utopian in the sense of advancing a pleasant but impossible dream?

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