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Visions of the future – a socialist departure from gloom?

Peter Skott () and Paul Auerbach
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Paul Auerbach: Kingston University, http://socialistoptimism.com/

UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics

Abstract: A vision of universalised human freedom, equality, security and democracy emerged in the wake of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the British Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution. This vision, not even approximately practicable at the time, is now well within reach. A viable socialist strategy will not be oriented around an encompassing central plan, but rather an agenda of human-centered goals – the creation of preconditions for all individuals to fully realise their personal capacities and to function as free citizens, exercising control individually and collectively, at the workplace and in society. Central to the realisation of such a programme will be a focus on the crucial role played by the first years of life in shaping human development and in the formation of class hierarchies.

Keywords: Phillips curve; underemployment; distributional conáict; structuralist model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B51 H40 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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