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- Frost, Jennifer. An Interracial Movement of the Poor: Community Organizing and the New Left in the 1960s. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
- Gendron, Richard and G. William Domhoff. The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2009.
- Hine, Robert V. California’s Utopian Colonies. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1983 ed.
- Jackall, Robert and Henry M. Levin, eds. Worker Cooperatives in America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984.
- Melville, Keith. Communes in the Counter Culture: Origins, Theories, Styles of Life. New York: Morrow Quill, 1972.
- Nichols, John. The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism. London: Verso, 2011. [This book contains much of the relevant literature in its notes from several chapters.]
- Nordhoff, Charles. The Communistic Societies of the United States. New York: Schocken Books, 1965 (originally published in 1875).
- Pitzer, Donald E., ed. America’s Communal Utopias. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
—at least not in formal sense. [....] Even if programs ‘organized along socialist lines’ do not make a country socialist, and even if America’s relationship with social democracy is more nuanced and more complicated than that of many other nations, the United States is a country that has always been and should continue to be informed by socialists, by socialist ideals and a socialist critique of public policies. That may read to some as a radical statement. It’s not, at least for those who choose to be realists about our history, about our moment, and about the future that has yet to be written.—John Nichols
* On Marx and Engels’ ambivalent relation to “utopian socialism,” see Vincent Geoghegan’s Utopianism and Marxism (London: Methuen & Co., 1987). On the continuing relevance of “utopian socialism” to socialist aspirations and experiments, see Michael Harrington’s Socialism: Past and Future (New York: Arcade Publishing, 1989). For those of you who may have forgotten, this is the same Michael Harrington who penned the classic, The Other America (1962). On what is meant by the term “utopian,” please see here and here.