It's a strange day when a New York Times conservative columnist is forced to admit that the left is winning, but as David Brooks wrote recently, "the American left is on the cusp of a great victory." Among Americans under thirty, 43 percent had a favorable view of socialism, while only 32 percent had a favorable view of capitalism. Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans questioned the fundamental tenets of capitalism and expressed openness to a socialist alternative.
We Own the Future offers a road map to making this alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The book includes a crash course in the history and practice of democratic socialism, a vivid picture of what democratic socialism in America might look like in practice, and compelling proposals for how to get there from the age of Trump and beyond. With contributions from some of the nation's leading political activists and analysts, We Own the Future articulates a clear and uncompromising view from the left--a perfectly timed book that will appeal to a wide audience hungry for change. (New Press)
Peter Dreier is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and the founding chair (1995-2018) of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. For more than three decades he has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, a government official, a journalist, and an activist and organizer. Professor Dreier has written widely on American politics and public policy, specializing in urban politics and policy, housing policy, community development, and community organizing. He is a frequent speaker on this topics to a wide variety of professional, scholarly, and civic organizations.
Mijin Cha is the Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of climate justice, environmental justice, labor movements, and the intersection of labor and climate justice. Mijin's current research agenda focuses on "just transition" - how to transition communities and workers economically dependent upon fossil fuel extraction and use into a low-carbon future in a way that is equitable and just.
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