Silviu Brucan's World Socialism at the Crossroads: An Insider's View PDF

By Silviu Brucan

ISBN-10: 0275927822

ISBN-13: 9780275927820

Until the socialist societies of the East adapt their procedure to the scientific-technological revolution, because the West has performed, they'll stay stuck within the 20th century. this is often the subject of Silviu Brucan's e-book at the concern of worldwide socialism. He contends that those nations are on the crossroads and needs to make a few adjustments of their political ideology or they're going to perish. This insightful ebook written by way of a veteran communist dwelling within the East, will curiosity somebody serious about Soviet reports, Slavic stories, political financial system, Marxism, Communism, political sociology, and East-West relatives.

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For neo-liberals, the left incorporated not just the new or progressive liberalism of Britain and the United States, but also the fascism of Nazi Germany. Their clear-cut ideological confrontation between ‘true’ liberalism and collectivist socialism makes little or no distinction between socialism and social democracy, communism and fascism. As the next chapter will demonstrate, however, old liberal ideas did not disappear completely from the conceptual map. Neo-liberalism as a new political phenomenon arose during the second half of the twentieth century from the liberal traditions of the past, born out of frustrations of political exile since the beginning of the century.

Like Bentham, Mill opposed, in a liberal manner, all forms of government interference, yet his belief in representative government and his desire to see an educated democracy pushed him irrevocably towards a form of liberal interventionism. 13 While the state, according to Mill, had no right to interfere within the inner sphere of any individual’s life, it may have a conditional right to interfere in social affairs involving interactions between several persons where the principle of utility is the guiding principle.

64 As part of a progressive tradition, the new liberalism also became the guiding ideology behind the achievements of the post-war Labour government. Indeed, the Beveridge Report and its recommendation to share responsibility between the public and private sphere clearly ‘echoed no “essential sociability” doctrine of human nature’. Rather, the report was based on traditional liberal notions of contract and obligation. 65 Liberal notions had become central components of socialist ideas. 66 By 1880 this vision had slipped from view.

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