HEAVEN ON EARTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF SOCIALISM
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Karl Marx, author of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto
 
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Moshe Abbes  Moshe Abbes
In this interview, Abbes discusses life at Kibbutz Ginosar. As one of the early residents, Moshe has seen the kibbutz transform from a socialist community into a market-oriented town.
Sheri Berman  Sheri Berman
Looks at the roles of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in articulating core socialist beliefs. Examines the role Eduard Bernstein in defining a split between Marxism and the Social Democratic movement. Also discusses Mussoliniís political roots in socialism.
Konstantin Eggert  Konstantin Eggert
From an eyewitness perspective, describes the breakdown of Communism inside the Soviet Union. Looks at Gorbachevís attempts to reform socialism from within.
Daniel Gavron  Daniel Gavron
In this interview, Daniel Gavron discusses the emergence, importance and decline of the kibbutz.
Merle Goldman  Merle Goldman
Examines the evolution of Communism in China, from the ultimate centralized control of Mao Zedong to the quiet revolution of Deng Xiaopingís transition to a market-style economy.
Roy Hattersley  Roy Hattersley
Defends the importance of traditional socialist values in the British Labour Party constitution. Criticizes the philosophical direction of Tony Blairís New Labour as abandoning those core socialist principles.
Christopher Hitchens  Christopher Hitchens
Reflects on the intellectual underpinnings of socialism and discusses its evolution within the British Labour Party, from Clement Attleeís administration following World War II, to Margaret Thatcherís rise to power, and finally to Tony Blairís creation of New Labour.
Michael Kazin  Michael Kazin
Examines the complex relationship between American workers and socialist ideas. Discusses why Socialism never took hold as a major political force in the United States.
Xiaobo Lu  Xiaobo Lu
Describes firsthand the dramatic changes that took place in China during the 1980s.
Rev. Christopher Mtikila  Rev. Christopher Mtikila
Opposition party leader criticizes the socialist policies of Julius Nyerere in Tanzania from the 1960s to the present.
Richard Pipes  Richard Pipes
Discusses in a broad-ranging interview the long and violent history of communism around the world with a special focus on the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
Noa Shamir-Ronen  Noa Shamir-Ronen
In this interview, Noa, the daughter of Moshe Abbes, relates how she has observed changes in the attitudes of kibbutzim toward socialism and privatization.
Paul Sozigwa  Paul Sozigwa
Defends Julius Nyerereís socialist policies and describes the challenges of a developing nationís transition from colonialism to independence.
Gareth Stedman Jones  Gareth Stedman Jones
Explores the broader philosophical context of socialism and the relationship between workers and socialist ideals.
Manfred Steger  Manfred Steger
Examines the relationship between Marx and Engels in developing Marxism and the impact of Eduard Bernsteinís criticisms. Suggests how Bernsteinís ideas may help define socialismís future.
Nina Tumarkin  Nina Tumarkin
Describes Leninís rise to power and the Soviet revolution. Discusses Gorbachevís departure from the philosophy of Lenin.
Tony Wright  Tony Wright
As both a historian and a politician, Wright looks at the transition from Attleeís Labour Party to Tony Blairís New Labour. Defends New Labourís blend of social democratic philosophy with market-friendly policies.
Free Market Scholars  Free Market Scholars
Sponsored by the Stockholm Network, a group of free market-oriented European think tanks, the ď1st Annual Capitalist BallĒ was held in Brussels, Belgium. Free market scholars gathered to ask ďIs socialism dead?Ē Many concluded that although free market ideas seem to be spreading in the age of globalization, many of the eventís participants expressed doubt that socialist ideals will ever completely go away.
Socialist Scholars Conference  Socialist Scholars Conference
Every year, prominent socialist scholars gather in New York for a weekend of debate, dialogue, and solidarity. It has become the Leftís most important and stimulating event, an indispensable venue for activists seeking to explore their differences as well as share common ground. Some of the conference participants spoke with us about socialismís past, present and future.

 

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