Popular Movements Toward Socialism
Their Unity and Diversity

Amin, Samir
http://monthlyreview.org/2014/06/01/popular-movements-toward-socialism

Publisher:  Monthly Review
Date Written:  01/06/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16464

The following reflections deal with a permanent and fundamental challenge that has confronted, and continues to confront, all popular movements struggling against capitalism. By this I mean both those of movements whose explicit radical aim is to abolish the system based on private proprietorship over the modern means of production in order to replace it with a system based on workers’ social proprietorship, and those of movements which, without going so far, involve mobilization aimed at real and significant transformation of the relations between labor and capital. Both sorts of movements can contribute, in varying degree, to calling capitalism into question; but they also might merely create the illusion of movement in that direction, although in fact only forcing capital to make the transformations it would need to co-opt a given set of working-class demands.

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