From: Hans G. Ehrbar (ehrbar@LISTS.ECON.UTAH.EDU)
Date: Sun Mar 13 2005 - 17:52:14 EST
Announcement of mailing list about socialism. In light of the recent call by Hugo Chavez about the need to develop a socialism for the 21st Century, this seems like a particularly appropriate time to re-start an old project--- a new mailing list which will discuss: what do we want socialism to look like, and how can it be built? (1) We will not discuss the old canard whether it is legitimate to write cookbooks for the kitchens of the future. Socialism has been feasible for a long time, and even if it is not politically feasible in the USA right now, the time when it becomes feasible may arrive much more quickly than we all think. Even at the present moment it is politically feasible in a country like Venezuela and Cuba. (2) Rather we will discuss what we should have learned from the attempts to build socialism in the 20th century, what is not to be done and what must be done. (3) We live in a new century with a new global context. What does this mean for the socialism we are going to build? (4) Utopias are permitted. Many different kinds of socialism are possible, and we must know what our goal is in order to build it. A utopian idea of socialism cannot be refuted by a proof that it cannot be reached, but only by the development of better utopias or by the proof that what seems to be an utopia is really a nightmare. (5) Past experience shows that this discussion will not spontaneously evolve in a fruitful direction. Therefore it will be a moderated list in which all postings of new subscribers will be subject to moderation. At the beginning, Hans Ehrbar will be the moderator, in consultation with Al Campbell, Paul Cockshott and Mike Lebowitz. To subscribe, go to http://lists.econ.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/socialism or send an email to email@example.com which says "subscribe" in its header or body.
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