A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The “S” Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today.
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When I chose this book, for a class report, I fully expected to read and write about how socialism does not work, could not work and so on. After all, I'm a born citizen of the United States and capitalism is what makes us great right? Or is it? What did I really know about capitalism, or socialism for that matter? My knowledge and opinion have until I read this book been handed to me by mass media, text books and to some extent, my upbringing. My entire life I have listened to those I respected voice how they felt on topics, read text books written to sway my opinion and listened to mass media which endlessly told me how to feel about capitalism vs. socialism. Then I read the book, “The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism” I was blown away by what I learned and the vastness of information that I was wrong about, ideas that I had just come to accept that weren't really the truth. John Nichols thesis in this book as I came to...
For something that's considered a dirty word in the US and dismissed as the last resort of foolish radicals, there's a lot of American history tied to socialism! Gives an interesting and in-depth portrayal of some highlights of American Socialist history in a way that's typically missed in American education.
Understanding the role Socialism plays in the American mind and in our political expectations. It is only a word, but has been used against us too often and denied us, because it is the basis of humanism - of admitting to human needs.
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