Book Launch & Discussion: IMAGINE: Living in a Socialist USA: Edited by Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith

Thu, May 29, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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The provocative and auspicious book, IMAGINE: Living In a Socialist USA is a ground-breaking anthology of original essays that seek to correct 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 launch of this book at Alwan will be followed by a panel discussion with the authors Mat Callahan, Ron Reosti, editors Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith and speacial guest Clifford D. Conner.

Free and open to the public

(Suggested contribution $5)


Mat Callahan is a musician and author from San Francisco now residing in Bern, Switzerland. He composed and performed music with seminal world-beat band the Looters, whose success led to the founding of the artists' collective Komotion International. For eleven years, Komotion was a center of radical art-making and revolutionary politics in San Francisco. Its performance space, art gallery, and sound magazine brought together artists and activists from around the world. He is the author of three books: Sex, Death and the Angry Young Man; Testimony; and The Trouble with Music.

Clifford D. Conner is on the faculty of the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he teaches history. He is the author of A People's History of Science (Nation Books, 2005) and has written biographies of two eighteenth-century Irish revolutionaries, Colonel Despard (2000) and Arthur O'Connor (2009) as well as Jean Paul Marat (Pluto Press, 2012). He is currently on the editorial board of The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest.

Frances Goldin is a socialist whose activism began at 18 and hasn’t stopped yet, at age 89. She founded the Frances Goldin literary agency in 1977 which represents books with a progressive political orientation. She is an American institution.

Ronald Reost is a retired attoney and lifelong socialist Detroiter who has spent his career working on civil rights and labor cases. He embraced socialism in his early teens, during the McCarthy era, and has remained committed to its principles. For the last forty-eight years he has practiced law and been part of the radical community in Detroit. He looks forward to a vibrant socialist movement to win the millions yearning for an alternative to the inequitable and destructive capitalist system.

Debby Smith worked full-time for the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Kent State Legal Defense Fund, the feminist union, and a number of socialist movements. She participates in the anti-capitalist and pro-democracy groups that are currently growing rapidly in the United States and worldwide.

Michael Steven Smith is aNew York City attorney and co-author of, Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder, written with Michael Ratner. 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.


“IMAGINE: Living in a Socialist USA is the book so many of us have been waiting for. What are the possibilities inherent in Socialism? What is it? What can it mean to humanity’s future? What would it look like in the U.S.A.? These are the questions raised in this exquisitely timely book. We must profoundly change the way we live, or we will not survive.

A Socialism that we make ourselves could be the answer.”

—Alice Walker

Last updated: 2014-05-15 15:55:24

IMAGINE: Living in a Socialist USA
IMAGINE: Living in a Socialist USA

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