Socialist Optimism

An Alternative Political Economy for the Twenty-First Century

  • Paul Auerbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Paul Auerbach
      Pages 1-13
  3. Socialism and Central Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
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      Pages 17-36
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      Pages 37-65
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      Pages 97-125
  4. Human and Economic Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-159
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      Pages 191-224
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      Pages 225-248
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      Pages 249-276
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      Pages 277-315
  5. Socialism and Human Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-318
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      Pages 319-363
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      Pages 364-421
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      Pages 422-431
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 432-522

About this book


Paul Auerbach's Socialist Optimism offers an alternative political economy for the twenty-first century. Present-day capitalism has generated growing inequality of income and wealth, persistent high levels of unemployment and ever-diminishing prospects for young people. But in the absence of a positive vision of how society and the economy might develop in the future, the present trajectory of capitalism will never be derailed, no matter how acute the critique of present-day developments.

The detailed blueprint presented here focuses upon the education and upbringing of children in the context of social equality and household security. It yields a well-defined path to human development and liberation, as well as democratic control of working life and public affairs. Socialism as human development gives a unity and direction to progressive policies that are otherwise seen to be a form of pragmatic tinkering in the context of a pervasive capitalist reality.


Socialism democratic socialism education equality equality of opportunity inequality capitalism competition economic development economic growth economics growth macroeconomics political economy unemployment

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Auerbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUK

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