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The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and the Conducted

The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
192 pp, $15.95 pbk, ISBN 9781583672563
By Michael A. Lebowitz

Reviewed by Russell Herman

“The leaders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, 1922-1991) used the terms ‘real socialism’ and ‘actually existing socialism’ to ‘distinguish their real experience from merely theoretical socialist ideas.’ Lebowitz asks how that system actually functioned, how it reproduced itself, and why it ‘yield[ed] to capitalism without resistance from the working classes who were presumably its beneficiaries’. (p. 7) ¶ Interesting questions. Especially to those of us who want to construct a more humane system than the capitalism that defeated the USSR….”

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