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About the Author

Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor of Jacobin, which he launched in 2010 as an undergraduate at George Washington University. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, VICE, and the Washington Post. Sunkara is also the publisher of Catalyst and the UK-based Tribune. He Lives in mostrar mais New York. mostrar menos


Obras por Bhaskar Sunkara

The ABCs of Socialism (2016) 170 exemplares
The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century (2015) — Editor. — 61 exemplares
Jacobin 17: Ours to Master (2015) — Editor — 36 exemplares
Jacobin 24: Journey to the Dark Side (2016) — Editor — 7 exemplares
Jacobin Magazine — Editor — 5 exemplares
Jacobin 25: By Taking Power (2017) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Jacobin 21: Between The Risings (2016) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Jacobin 23 (2016) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Jacobin 3 exemplares
Jacobin 27: The First Red Century — Editor — 3 exemplares
Jacobin 26 (2017) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Jacobin 19: Uneven and Combined (2015) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Jacobin 20: Up From Liberalism — Editor — 2 exemplares


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The ABCs of Socialism is an introductory primer on the main ideas of Marxist socialism. Coming into this, I really only knew the bare minimum about socialism. It’s something I’m determined to know more about in 2021. This collection of essays was recommended online for dipping my toes into the concept, in a format more accessible than The Communist Manifesto or Capital right off the bat.

This primer is presented through essays prompted by common criticizing questions of the movement, such as, “But at least capitalism is free and democratic, right?”, “Don’t the rich deserve to keep most of their money?, or “Doesn’t socialism always end up in dictatorship?” Each essay is set up based off of questions such as these, and then refuted.

I found the setup intriguing especially because some of these questions were almost word-for-word critiques (propaganda?) that I was taught growing up about the “Red Menace” and how socialism/communism is doomed to fail.

With my newborn knowledge on the topic, The ABCs of Socialism does indeed seem like a good starting point - it has accessible language and was written recently, so the politics are more relatable to right now. (Though it was written before Trump was elected, so I’d be curious about a new edition.)

I had main two problems with the book – namely, a lot of the same concepts are repeated. The answers to some of the questions - though the questions appear very different - are much the same. Secondly, it feels almost too much for beginners. There were some topics that I wish the authors had delved a little deeper into. It felt like they were oversimplifying at times. It’s clear I need to do more reading and research.

Regardless, coming out of this book I feel already better versed in the topic - like I finally say “I’m interested in socialism”, or, “it seems like I’m meant to do more in life than work and spend my free time getting ready for work” - and articulate why exactly I feel that way. Not to mention I’m better prepared to contest my boomer relatives next time they tell me how evil universal healthcare is because communism.

Overall, from a beginner’s perspective, this seems to be a pretty good starting point for learning more about socialism.

3.5 Stars.
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escapinginpaper | 2 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
Armas da Crítica 03 - Janeiro de 2021
HelioKonishi | 2 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2022 |
Please see my review essay of this book, together with Robinson's 'Why You Should Be A Socialist,' here:

If you only read one of these books, make it Robinson's. Despite a horrific introduction, this is a nice book. The best thing in Sunkara's book, on the contrary, is the excellent introduction.
stillatim | 2 outras críticas | Oct 23, 2020 |
Part I is a history of socialism and took some work to get through. There are a lot of factions that are all interrelated, which makes it somewhat complicated and difficult to follow.

Part II is about what has happened since 2000 and the possibilities for the future. A much easier read and very hopeful.
grandpahobo | 2 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2019 |


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