Reclaiming a Socialist Vision

Authors

  • Michael A. Lebowitz

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-053-02-2001-06_5

Keywords:

Marxism, Movements

Abstract

In the wake of Seattle and other dramatic displays of opposition to capitalist globalization, many people are now talking about capitalism and describing themselves as anticapitalist. Great! But what do they mean? That capital's international institutions are bad because they usurp the right of citizens to make democratic decisions? That financial speculation detracts from real, productive investment that creates real jobs? That the drive for profits on the part of transnational corporations has led them to ally with and strengthen authoritarian regimes that deny human rights? That neoliberal policies are producing a race to the bottom in terms of wages, working conditions, and environmental standards? These are all important to oppose—but in and by themselves these are objections to specific policies and practices of capitalism rather than to capitalism as such.

Published

2001-06-05

Issue

Section

Articles