Democracy, Freedom and the Realisation of the Imagination

Article – Joel Cosgrove We spent last week talking about capitalism (a social/economic structure which is based on the production of things for profit). The flip side of a discussion of capitalism is a discussion of socialism. Democracy, Freedom and the Realisation of the Imagination – or ‘What is Socialism’ By Joel Cosgrove (Fightback – Wellington) (Notes from a talk in the “Introduction to Marxism” series) May 7, 2014 http://fightback.org.nz/2014/05/07/democracy-freedom-and-the-realisation-of-the-imagination-or-what-is-socialism/ We spent last week talking about capitalism (a social/economic structure which is based on the production of things for profit). The flip side of a discussion of capitalism is a discussion of socialism. Clearly this is an hour long discussion so I’m not interested in stating a definitive answer to this question. But I am keen to start a discussion, because to be honest, I’ve been a revolutionary socialist since 2005 and I’m still learning, still pondering this question. Let’s start with three points to build a discussion around. • Democracy • Freedom • Imagination Outside of the fact that things are good grouped in threes (which we all know people work well with), these are points that I think are important within my conception of Socialism. Democracy First off, I think this is a useful place to start. I think we can agree that there is more than one idea of democracy, a word which comes from Dēmokratía...

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