“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—a perfectly timed book that will appeal to a wide audience hungry for change.
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
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Joseph A. McCartin
Thomas J. Sugrue
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
20 Jay St #1010
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
Peter Dreier and Mijin Cha
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
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.
Atrium, Mandel Center for the Humanities
Waltham, MA 02453