By Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jeffrey Paul

Twelve philosophers, historians, and political philosophers investigate points of socialism within the context of its fresh reversals. a few essays research the ethical and political values that made socialism attractive to intellectuals, or review no matter if elements of socialism could be preserved, corresponding to its quest for equality and neighborhood. Others study no matter if free-market structures have to be extra converted based on ongoing socialist opinions or attest to the ongoing validity of socialism by means of suggesting ways that it might nonetheless have a efficient destiny.

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Bourgeois careerism will be shattered and there will be a poetry, a novel, a theatre, a moral code, a language, a painting and a music peculiar to proletarian civilization, the flowering and ornament of proletarian social organization. What remains to be done? Nothing other than to destroy the present form of civilization. In this field, 'to destroy' does not mean the same as in the economic field. It does not mean to deprive humanity of the material products that it needs to subsist and to develop.

He wrote in 1925 that the Ordine Nuovo group's concentration on mass action had 'placed it in a position of inferiority within the general organization of the party'. He was also self-critical of the group for not having organized during the biennio rosso a national faction within the PSI which could have broken the grip of the reformists in the party and the trade unions and prevented its own political isolation (see SPW II, p. 189). He nevertheless asserted that there was an essential difference between factory councils and trade unions and repudiated Bordiga's emphasis on strict party leadership from above at the expense of the mobilization and organization of the working class from below.

By the end of 1919 the Ordine Nuovo proposals had been adopted by the 16,000-strong Turin branch of FlOM, the metalworkers' union, and by the local section of the PSI. ) frightened the employers into a lock-out in March 1920. The workers responded in April witha general strike involving over 200,000 people - the action, explicitly about the political principle of workers' control in the factories, was widely 76 77 considered to have been the high point in Turin of the 'two red years' (biennio rosso) of 1919-20.

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