Denmark’s Frederik Borgbjerg Wanted to Win Democratic Socialism, Not Just the Welfare State
The Nordic social democracies are rightly praised for their robust welfare states and worker protections. But the aspirations of early Social Democrats like Denmark’s Frederik Borgbjerg went far beyond the welfare state: they wanted to liberate humanity from the shackles of capitalist domination.
Socialism Isn’t Just About State Ownership — It’s About Redistributing Power
Throughout decades of neoliberal counterreforms, the most resilient parts of the Nordic welfare state have been the ones under direct popular control. Their experience shows that the best way to push back against capital is to democratize power in society.
Karl Kautsky Was Once a Revolutionary
Lenin’s famous denunciation of Karl Kautsky as a “renegade” has long discouraged Marxists from actually engaging with the German-Austrian socialist’s writings. But if the Bolshevik leader sharply criticized Kautsky’s retreats, this was also because of his great admiration for his earlier work — a revolutionary Marxism that lay decisive stress on the battle for democracy.
C. B. Macpherson Wanted a Socialism That Didn’t Lose Sight of the Individual
Canadian thinker C. B. Macpherson insisted that capitalism’s “possessive individualism” constrained human flourishing. In its place, he wanted a democratic socialist society where people could build meaningful relationships and express the kaleidoscope of human individuality.
Javier Moreno Zacarés, Euphoria of the Rentier?, NLR 129, May–June 2021
Are bloated finance and the information economy signs of something other—and possibly worse—than capitalism? If the latter’s defining characteristic is growth, might an era typified by stagnation signal its supersession? An attempt to bring into dialogue the work of Brett Christophers, McKenzie Wark and Aaron Benanav.
'From each according to ability; to each according to need' – tracing the biblical roots of socialism's enduring slogan
At the height of Reaganism, close to half of Americans believed a phrase popularized by Karl Marx actually derived from the US Constitution. It doesn’t, but scholars have traced it to the Bible.
Sectoral Bargaining is Coming to New Zealand | OnLabor
There has, in recent times, been increasing support for sectoral collective bargaining among some labor law scholars, unions and activists across multiple jurisdictions who are concerned, among other things, with low wages and rising inequality. The peak union body in Australia has, for example, expressed strong support for a system of industry-wide bargaining. And the development and implementation of a system of sectoral bargaining in the United States was one of the primary ...