Utopian Socialism

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American Commune
Croshere, Mundo Rena (Director)
Film/Video
Sisters Rena and Nadine return to The Farm, the legendary hippie commune in Tennessee where they were raised, to tell the story of their alternative family and the rise and fall of America's largest u...
Catch your dreams - utopia is possible!: While Marinaleda has its flaws, it reminds us that alternative economic models are not only possible, they already exist.
Barrington-Bush, Liam; Wilton, Jen
Article
2014
Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democrac...
Charles Fourier Archive
Fourier, Charles
Website
"Equality of rights is another chimera, praiseworthy when considered in the abstract and ridiculous from the standpoint of the means employed to introduce it in civilisation. The first right of men is...
The Commonwealth of Oceana
Harrington, James
Book
1656
James Harrington's Common-Wealth of Oceana (1656) was based on universal land-ownership and was a militant republic dedicated to spreading its democratic system to the rest of the world. Harrington's ...
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Description of Recently Founded Communist Colonies Still in Existence
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1844
If the workers are united among themselves, hold together and pursue one purpose, they are infinitely stronger than the rich. And if, moreover, they have set their sights upon such a rational purpose,...
The Development of Utopian Socialism
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1880
The Utopians' mode of thought has for a long time governed the Socialist ideas of the 19th century, and still governs some of them. Until very recently, all French and English Socialists did homage to...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
The Dispossessed
Le Guin, Ursula
Book
1974
A 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set in the same fictional universe as that of The Left Hand of Darkness.
A Dream of John Ball
Morris, William
Book
1888
Morris' novel describes a dream and time travel leading to an encounter between the medieval and modern worlds. Morris describes a positive image of the Middle Ages, seeing it as a golden, if brief, p...
The Faber Book of Utopias
Carey, John (Ed).
Book
1997
Fourier, Charles: Connexipedia Article
Article
French utopian socialist and philosopher. Credited with having originated the word féminisme in 1837. (1772-1837).
Icarians: Connexipedia Article
Article
A French utopian movement, founded by Étienne Cabet, who led his followers to America where they established a group of egalitarian communes during the period from 1848 through 1898.
The Joy of Revolution
Knabb, Ken
Book
1997
Knabb says "What is needed, I believe, is a worldwide participatory-democracy revolution that would abolish both capitalism and the state. This is admittedly a big order, but I'm afraid that nothing l...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms
Draper, Hal
Book
1990
Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiq...
The Law of Freedom in a Platform
Winstanley, Gerrard
Book
1652
Letters from an Inhabitant of Geneva to His Contemporaries
Saint-Simon, Claude-Henri
Article
1803
I think that all classes of society would be happy in the following situation: spiritual power in the hands of the scientists; temporal power in those of the proprietors; power to nominate those calle...
Main Currents of Marxism: Volume 1: The Founders
Kolakowski, Leszek
Book
1978
Kolakowski gives his interpretation of the origins of Marxism, and analyses the development of Marx's thought and its divergence from other forms of socialism.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 24: Marx and Engels 1874 - 1883
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes the Critique of the Gotha Programme, and Socialism: Utopian and Scientific.
Minimum Utopia: Ten Theses
Geras, Norman
Article
2000
One person's thoughts on the subject of utopias as we approach a new century and millennium.
Necessary and Unneccessary Utopias
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin, eds.
Book
2000
Reasserts the need for a bold and revolutionary imagination, one aimed at saner ways of living and organizaing society.
News from Nowhere: or An Epoch of Rest: Being Some Chapters From a Utopian Romance
Morris, William
Book
1890
A utopian novel by William Morris which combines a vision of working class revolution with a picture of a society that is primarily agricultural and based on handicraft production.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Owen, Robert: Connexipedia Article
Article
English social reformer. (1771-1858).
Reclaiming Utopia: The Legacy of Ernst Bloch
Dayton, Tim
Article
2009
Bloch's Marxism was from the start unorthodox as the result of his abiding interest in the notion of utopia. This notion was held in disdain by many orthodox Marxists.
Saint-Simon, Henri de: Connexipedia Article
Article
French utopian socialist thinker. (1760-1825).
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Engels, Friedrich
Book
1880
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Socialist Humanism
Fromm, Erich (ed.)
Book
1965
An international symposium whose contributors explore the humanist essence of socialism. Among the contributors are Herbert Marcuse, Maximilien Rubel, Norman Thomas, T.B. Bottomore, Raya Dunayevskaya,...
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Socialist Register 1983: Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Socialist Register 2000: Volume 36: Necessary and Unnecessary Utopias
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Socialist Thought: A Documentary History
Fried, Albert; Sanders, Ronald (eds.)
Book
1964
An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
Bose, Rana; Swift, Richard
Article
2014
Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and socie...
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
Utopia: Connexipedia Article
Article
An ideal community or society.
Utopian Socialism
Article
Links to the writings and biographies of Utopians and Marxist commentaries on them, and material on 20th century utopian movements and the use of utopian and dystopian visions in literature and politi...
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.

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Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Socialism.ca
A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism, as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.

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Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.