Friday, February 20, 2009

The Undermining Social Democratic Downhill Slide...

"[Michael] Harrington was a 'democratic socialist', not a social democrat. Whereas social democracy endorsed the welfare state, democratic socialism expanded proletarian decision-making into every corner of society, including the workplace, thereby reversing capitalist priorites. In America, democratic socialism meant taking the New Deal beyond its first two stages [1930s and 1960s?]. By empowering workers, a 'Third New Deal' would complete the process begun in 1929, when control of key economic investments was passed from unfettered boardrooms to a capitalist-controlled welfare state." -- Robert A. Gorman, Michael Harrington: Speaking American, Routledge (1995)

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