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By Frances Goldin

The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and the earth's inhabitants is threatened through catastrophic weather swap. thousands of yank jobs were despatched in another country and are not coming again. younger African-American males make up the vast majority of America's criminal inhabitants. half the yank inhabitants are negative or close to negative, residing precariously at the breaking point, whereas the pinnacle one percentage personal up to the ground 80. govt police-state spying on its electorate is pervasive. therefore, as former President Jimmy Carter has stated, "we don't have any functioning democracy."

Imagine: residing In a Socialist U.S.A., edited by way of Francis Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, is instantaneously an indictment of yankee capitalism because the root reason behind our spreading dystopia and a cri de coeur for what lifestyles can be like within the usa if we had fiscal in addition to a true political democracy. This anthology positive factors essays by means of progressive thinkers, activists, and artists—including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff— addressing a variety of facets of a brand new society and, crucially, find out how to get from the place we're now to the place we wish to be, dwelling in a society that's really reasonable and just.

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