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This new edition adds an in-depth interview to seven key essays. The interview asks: What impact is American imperialism having on left strategies in various parts of the world today? What common interests work for solidarity and against divisions of race, gender and class? As Green parties turn towards market socialism, what space is left for a red-green anti-capitalist coalition? Can new socialist parties avoid mistakes of communist and social democratic parties in the twentieth century? The essays address key questions of left strategy: rethinking revolutionary and reformist practices, the strengths and weaknesses of the old and new left; the fall of communist regimes (with personal observations from 1990); the dialogue between democracy and Marxism; Marx’s Manifesto in contemporary perspective; class analysis and new strategies for labour in the context of globalization; and the role of hope and imagination in envisioning a socialist future.
Reviews of the first edition: “A wonderful writer who bridges the disjuncture between theory and political praxis. This is an important book in both scholarly and political terms.”
— John C. Berg, Suffolk University
“Panitch’s work is consistently characterized by intelligence, rigor, and commitment. A highly original contribution.”
— David Abraham, University of Miami