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Remembering Erik Olin Wright: A Model for Us All

The eminent Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright was serious about understanding and changing the world — and was generous, curious, and kind while doing it.

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Erik Olin Wright (1947–2019)

Erik Olin Wright was radicalized in the 1960s and remained a Marxist because his moral compass simply wouldn't allow him to drift away. With his death, the Left has lost one of its most brilliant intellectuals.

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Neoliberalism After Apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine/Israel

25 years after the end of apartheid, the lives of working-class black people remain extremely precarious in South Africa. What went wrong? And how can Palestinians avoid these pitfalls as they envision a post-apartheid future?

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Remembering Erik Olin Wright: A Real Utopian in Practice and Theory

Erik Olin Wright died just after midnight on January 23, in Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital. He was seventy-one years old. The world lost one of its great social scientists, practitioner as well as thinker. He died as he lived — to the fullest. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia the previous April, throughout the subsequent ten months, he exuded optimism about the world that he was devastatingly sad to leave.

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Why no socialism in Sweden?

The Wage-Earner Funds in Sweden is one of the few serious attempts in an advanced capitalist society to socialize the means of production. While it is commonly believed that the plan failed due to intransigent and well-coordinated capitalist opposition, its failure was primarily due to the high degree of centralization of the labor unions pushing it.

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