Why We Still Need Socialism

Posted: 19/03/2017 by vequinox in Literature

The Champagne Epicurean

Not Communism. Not Marxism. Not Christianity.

I am the latest in a line of poets and writers enticed by the promise of Socialism in its many guises: Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, HG Wells, etc (no, it’s not a coincidence, that half of my list are Latin American writers: Latin America is the most poetic region on the face of our planet). Why is this?

Of course writers are a more political animal than most and Socialism (I use this as an umbrella term for moderate socialism to Communism to Marxism) was one of the most energetic, sweeping political movements of the last two centuries. It was born with the Industrial Revolution and this is as innate in our civilization as feudalism was to the post-Agricultural Revolution societies. Socialism will not go away. And writers will be doing, keep doing, their part to keep…

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