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Reflections on the Failure of Socialism

  • Reflections on the Failure of Socialism by Max Eastman

Tags World HistoryOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

03/26/1955Max Eastman

From the author:

This present book contains my principal conclusions, or the principal things I have learned politically, since making the decision to denounce socialism. I imagine some of its readers will echo the remark of Upton Sinclair in a recent letter, that I have merely "gone from one extreme to the other." I think, on the contrary, that the step is shorter from hard-headed class-struggle socialism to a firm defense of the free-market economy than to the old wishful notion of a highminded slide into utopia.It is a straighter step to take. The struggle is still for freedom; the main facts are still economic; the arch-enemy is still the soft-headed idealist who refuses to face facts.


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The Devon-Adair Company, New York, 1955

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