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Liberal Socialist Books?

I have become interested in Liberal Socialism recently but I want to read up more about it. Are there any good books about the subject as a whole rather than just one aspect of it?


When i say Liberal Socialist i dont mean Liberalism and Socialism chucked together. I mean a more liberal socialism where there is some elements of capitilism but is a mainly socialist society.

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  • Andy F
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Hmm. Not sure I quite understand what you want, but here are some ideas:

    (a) please check out Yugoslav economists writing about how the economy of Yugoslavia was supposed to work, anyway, under Tito's brand of "communism."

    The Yugoslav Communist sytem under Tito combined elements of the capitalist free market -- companies compete for the consumer's dollar, to a degree -- with state ownership of most large enterprises, with a system of "workers' control" that gave Yugoslavs the right to some say in the operation of their own workplaces.

    The system didn't work perfectly, but some writers think it was a creative compromise between socialism & capitalism that usually worked pretty well.

    Here are 2 web sites discussing Titoism; don't know if they're the best ones:

    (b) I've been reading up on the history & economy of Sweden, which is basically a capitalist society, but with a very strong union movement and a large cooperative sector, also as a generous welfare state. Swedish "social democracy" isn't real socialism in my view, but it has achieved good things in the way of low poverty rates, low unemployment and a high average standard of living for the Swedes.

    Can't suggest particular book titles for you, though - sorry.

    (c) for a surprisingly positive look at German social democracy, by an American labor lawyer who worries that the German system of "co-determination" may be in deep trouble, see Thomas Geoghegan, "Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life"

    (d) for visions of how a "market socialist" or socialist/ liberal capitalist mixture might work in the United States, see also

    Gar Alperovitz, "America Beyond Capitalism"

    David Schweickart, "After Capitalism"

    (e) for a look at how American environmentalists might work with other progressive groups to build a new economy somewhat resembling Swedish social democracy, but with a "post-growth" or "no growth" approach to resource use and the problem of climate change, see James Augustus or "Gus" Speth, "America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy" (Yales Univ. Press, 2012)

    (f) for a classic American novel on a possible socialist utopia, see Edward Bellamy, "Looking Backward," a science fiction treatment of this subject published in 1887.

    (g) Former revolutionary thinker and Green Economy radical Van Jones has joined with leftist economist Robert Borosage in a coalition called the "Center for American Progress" that is advocating a left-liberal, green alternative to our current form of capitalism. However Jones & Borosage have explicitly said that that alternative can't be "socialist," but will need to be capitalist to some degree.

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  • 8 years ago

    Sorry doesn't exist you are either liberal or socialist totally different

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Why are you continue to seeking to politicize it? Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Conservatism! p.s.: <<<<<<Obama mentioned we do not "precisely" recognize what brought about this, which appears like he's alluding, close to a wink and a nod, the the leftist media...>>>>>> You are surely delusional and waste an inordinate quantity of your lifestyles desperately digging for excuses to whine. Please get off your mommy's pc and cross get the scientific aid you want ASAP!

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  • 8 years ago

    Just stay in school - they'll get you "educated" right quick on those subjects.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I think their are conservative communist books....

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