Debby & Michael Smith, authors of Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

Sure to be one of the most provocative and timely books you’ll read all year, IMAGINE: Living In a Socialist USA is a ground-breaking anthology of original essays that seek to right the misconceptions and fears about socialism by describing what it would look like in the USA and the better, more just society that could accompany it. This topic couldn’t be more urgent.

Capitalism is clearly broken, perhaps even on the brink of collapse. This is the right book at what is clearly the right time. The book paints a portrait of the many facets of life in a socialist society through a series of ruminations by prominent thinkers, activists, and artists, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s proposal for how to effectively continue the Occupy Wall Street movement; incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s look at alternative systems to capitalist injustice; New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez’s argument that immigrant workers have already proven that socialism provides a better life; and attorney Michael Ratner, who is representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the United States, explaining the steps he would take as attorney general, which include refusing to enforce criminal prosecution of undocumented immigrants and Internet activists like Assange, as well as ending all FBI surveillance measures. Other essays touch on the topics of gender equality in the workplace, an end to the war on drugs, how the arts and education would thrive in a socialist system, and, above all, make a case for how and why a socialist U.S.A could lead to a better world.

Author Bio FRANCES GOLDIN heard the word “socialist” when she was 18 and met her husband-to-be, Morris Goldin. It sounded like a great idea! She got married at 20, her activism started, and it hasn’t stopped yet, at age 89. She founded a literary agency almost 40 years ago, and it’s still going strong, favoring books that help change the world. She is not just a living legend, but an American institution.

DEBBY SMITH has worked full-time for the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Kent State Legal Defense Fund, and in the feminist, union, and socialist movements. She participates in the anti-
capitalist and pro-democracy movements that are growing so rapidly in the United States and worldwide.

MICHAEL STEVEN SMITH is a New York City attorney and author. His most recent book, written with Michael Ratner, is Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder. He cohosts the radio show “Law and Disorder” on WBAI-FM with Michael Ratner and Heidi Boghosian. He lives with his wife, Debby, and talking parrot, Charlie Parker.

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ISBN: 9780062305572
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 21st, 2014