Whether classified as a “promising prophet” or a “spectre of horror”, journalists from TAZ to Zeit to FAZ seem to agree that the “red spirit” called socialism is back. In the mother countries of neoliberalism, the USA and Great Britain, politicians* who openly plead for “democratic socialism” and “real change” can mobilize broad masses. In political Berlin, housing policy has become an occasion to pose the system question anew. And in the academic world, there is a conjuncture of debates that newly address the concept of socialism. It is undisputed that any revival of the concept must critically reflect the history of real socialism. How exactly a socialist future can be understood and realized and which social areas it should cover, however, is the more controversial question: What exactly is meant by “socialism”?
The Center for Humanities and Social Change is taking these new political and academic affirmations of socialism as an occasion for a series of topics in the coming semesters with the common goal of Re-Thinking Socialism.
What is the problem for which socialism is the solution? What would be the economic choices of a socialist order? How does the relationship between market-shaped and non-market-shaped elements present itself in a future socialism? How does socialism present itself as a political and social order? How do democracy and socialism relate to each other? And finally: What should we do? How do we get from here to there?
We have started to discuss these questions with Lea Ypi (London School of Economics), Giacomo Corneo (Freie Universität Berlin) and Michael Brie (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation) on December 12, 2019, at Vierte Welt.
The following links contain articles by Lea Ypi, Giacomo Corneo and Michael Brie on this topic: