While some conclude from the revolutions of 1989 that socialism is dead, interest in socialism continues because of persisting problems of contemporary capitalism. In this exciting text, Michael W. Howard offers critiques of liberal, communitarian, postmodern and some Marxist perspectives in order to develop a 'left-liberal' defense of a model of self-managed market socialism that includes a basic income for all. Specific applications of his view include analyses of its implications for the global marketplace, the changing nature of workplaces, and media restructuring and ownership. This work is sure to be of interest to social scientists, public policy makers, and economists as well as to feminists, ecologists, and others concerned with how market socialism is relevant to their social issues.
If you do not think [the new millennium] is yours, but belongs to transnational corporations, Michael Howard offers fresh hope and a grounded vision to reclaim what is rightfully ours. If you feel like the fist of the present is tightening and your breath is getting shorter, read this challenging book to rekindle your utopian visions and to sharpen your thinking about what is possible. Though Howard's vision comes with no guarantees, it is precisely because it is grounded in real world examples that is rises above idealistic solutions and false hopes. . . . Howard's proposal is just far enough outside the range of current possibilities to be visionary, but not so far removed from current experience as to be utopian. It is compelling to me when anyone dares to reach for this type of middle ground.--Ken Estey, Union Theological Seminary in New York