We Own the Future

We Own the Future

A stunningly original and timely collection that makes the case for democratic socialism—American style.

“Bummed by the news? Beginning to think that even ‘the future’ is a foolishly utopian concept? This resoundingly hopeful book will hit you like a shot of espresso. Read it now!”—Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, and This Land Is Their Land

 

According to a 2019 Gallup poll, 43 percent of all Americans, and 58 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 years old, believe that socialism would be a good thing for the country. In the words of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity. There is no other force, there is no other party, there is no other real ideology . . . that is asserting the minimum elements necessary to lead a dignified American life.” Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans questioned the fundamental tenets of capitalism and expressed openness to a socialist alternative.

We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style, a new essay collection edited by Michael Kazin, Kate Aronoff, and Peter Dreier, offers a road map to making this alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The book includes a crash course in the history and practice of democratic socialism, a vivid picture of what democratic socialism in America might look like in practice, and compelling proposals for how to get there from the age of Trump and beyond.

With contributions from some of the nation’s leading political activists and analysts, We Own the Future articulates a clear and uncompromising view from the left.

The book can be purchased for $17.99 (plus shipping) directly from Dissent here.

You can access a free study guide companion to We Own the Future here.

 

“A vital collection of ideas for building a more humane society. If an American socialism is on the horizon, it will take coalitions of socialists and liberals to bring into view. Hopefully this book, and its insights, will shape the course they take.”—Jamelle Bouie, The New York Times

We Own the Future makes clear that democratic socialism brings essential contributions to the pursuit of a more perfect union in America today.”—Rev. William J. Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

“Aronoff, Dreier, and Kazin have brought together an exemplary set of essays that sparkle with insight and optimism. The news may be dark, but reading this book will lift your spirits.”—Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science emerita, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

This vital collection, available now for just $17.99, includes chapters by:

J. Mijin Cha
Michelle Chen
David Dayen
Francesca Fiorentini
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Andrea Flynn
Sarita Gupta
Darrick Hamilton
Susan Holmberg
Naomi Klein
Robert Kuttner
Sarah Leonard
Stephen Lerner
Joseph A. McCartin
Harold Meyerson
Tejasvi Nagaraja
Pedro Noguera
Dorothy Roberts
Aviva Stahl
Thomas J. Sugrue
Michael Walzer
Dorian Warren
Felicia Wong
David Zirin

Join the editors and contributors at events in New York, DC, and California:

Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin
Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
Kate Aronoff, Aviva Stahl, Tejasvi Nagaraja and Sarah Leonard [VIDEO]
Verso Books
20 Jay St #1010
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
Peter Dreier and Mijin Cha
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. [C-SPAN2 VIDEO]
Kate Aronoff and Mychal Denzel Smith
McNally Jackson Seaport
4 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038

Tuesday, February 25 at 12 p.m.
David Dayen, Michael Kazin, Robert Kuttner, and Harold Meyerson
The American Prospect
1225 I St NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005

Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
Peter Dreier
Brandeis University
Atrium, Mandel Center for the Humanities
Waltham, MA 02453

Wednesday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
Peter Dreier and Miles Rappaport
Land Hall, 4th Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA 02138


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