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The Hunger for a Bold Socialism

The political preferences of two college professors, writing in a prominent leftist journal, are informed by the belief that “making people’s lives materially better isn’t enough.”
Source: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

“Socialism is having a moment in the sun,” claims a new article in the leftist magazine Jacobin. “It’s a chance to push a bold, transformative vision of what a society for the many rather than the few can look like.”

The article’s authors, the college professors Mathieu Desan and Michael A. McCarthy, are sympathetic to the Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s expressed beliefs that “health care is a human right,” that “every child no matter where you are born should have access to a college or trade-school education,” and that “no person should be homeless if we have public structures or public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life.”

However, they write, while those reforms “are crucial to countering the misery we face under capitalism,” her rhetoric “runs the risk of equating socialism with welfare liberalism or social democracy. But these things are not the same.” The authors socialism.

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