— Among the individuals I’ve come to rely on for an understanding of “Liberalism” generally (as a political philosophy that provided essential philosophical premises for contemporary democratic theory and praxis) are Stephen Holmes, Ian Shapiro, Gerald Gaus...and Alan Ryan. Today I picked up the latter’s new book, which I look forward to with relish: Alan Ryan, The Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 2014). Incidentally, I've read a few wholesale critiques of Liberalism from both the Right and Left that fail to appreciate the progressive, emancipatory dimensions of this political philosophy, not a small part of which should be integral to any meaningful articulation of democratic socialism.
— While at one of our local and independent bookstores this morning, I came across this work, which looks quite good: Christian Welzel, Freedom Rising: Human Empowerment and the Quest for Emancipation (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
— Inspired by and in debt to Jon Elster, I rely on several proverbs in the following:
— Toward delineating the contours of economic democracy as part of the struggle for socialism:
- Bayat, Assaf. Work, Politics and Power: An International Perspective on Workers’ Control and Self-Management. Monthly Review Press, 1991.
- Case, John and Rosemary C. R. Taylor, eds. Co-ops, Communes and Collectives: Experiments in Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s. Pantheon Books, 1979.
- Cheney, George. Values at Work: Employee Participation Meets Market Pressures at Mondragon. ILR Press, 1999.
- Curl, John. For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America. PM Press, 2nd ed., 2009.
- Dahl, Robert A. A Preface to Economic Democracy. University of California Press, 1985.
- Dolgoff, Sam, ed. The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution, 1936-1939. Free Life Editions, 1974.
- Elster, Jon and Karl Ove Moene, eds. Alternatives to Capitalism. Cambridge University Press, 1989.
- Jackall, Robert and Henry M. Levin, eds. Worker Cooperatives in America. University of California Press, 1984.
- MacLeod, Greg. From Mondragon to America: Experiments in Community Economic Development. University College of Cape Breton Press, 1997.
- Malleson, Tom. After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the 21st Century. Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Morrison, Roy. We Build the Road as We Travel. New Society Publishers, 1991. [on the Mondragon cooperative experience up until 1987]
- Nembhard, Jessica Gordon. Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014.
- Ness, Immanuel, ed. New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism. PM Press, 2014.
- Ness, Immanuel and Dario Azzellini, eds. Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present. Haymarket Books, 2011.
- Santos, Boaventura de Sousa, ed. Another Production is Possible: Beyond the Capitalist Canon. Verso, 2007.
- Thomas H. and C. Logan. Mondragon: An Economic Analysis. Allen and Unwin, 1982.
- Whyte, William Foote and Kathleen King Whyte. Making Mondragon: The Growth and Dynamics of the Worker Cooperative Complex. Cornell University Press, 1988.
- Wolff, Richard. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. Haymarket Books, 2012.
- Wright, Erik Olin. Envisioning Real Utopias. Verso, 2010.