Title, A short history of socialism. Author, George Lichtheim. Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Original from, the University of Michigan. Digitized, Jan This survey of movements and theories fails to fulfill the promise of The Origins of Socialism (), Lichtheim’s study of the pre European. Results 1 – 30 of 66 Short History of Socialism by Lichtheim, George and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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The overwhelming majority of countries have a balance of public and private ownership and the loose definition is neoliberalism, which most so-called socialists seem to be opposed to. Tasos Jter added it Nov 22, Dave Wilson added it Nov 04, Share your thoughts with other customers.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. His subtle, yet both cutting and loving critiques of the schools of the early-left are marvelously entertaining, informative, and dry. Of course, Robert Owen in the UK had set up the co-operative movement in a pre-democratic era. Of course, as Conquest noted in The Dragons Of Expectation, once you take away the impetus to create wealth, then it has far worse consequences.

Lichtheim has some interesting comments on the early democratic French thinker Rousseau, whom I would never have associated with socialism!

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You would thing this would be enough to convince some sane people of whatever camp that they were sjort under an agreeable system.

He defined himself as a socialist and stated in a letter to the New York Review of Books that “I am not a liberal and never have been. Get to Know Us.


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Yet this is to misunderstand socialism, as it was essentially a demand for equality: Refresh and try again. Samantha added it Feb 03, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. If it is not entirely democratic, forget about it, in my view.

Angeline Ng is currently reading it Oct 22, Trivia About A Short History o In Ireland, inwe saw copious leftists waxing lyrical about the authoritarian brand of socialism when they lionised Che Guevara. He lichtneim businesses would pay an absolute minimum which did not take into account the rule of law and politics and ethics.

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His death was by suicide. Health care aside, he does not call on the US to nationalise multiple industries.

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Roberto Colanzi marked it as to-read Feb 01, I find liberalism almost as boring as communism and have no wish to be drawn into an argument over which of these two antiquate George Lichtheim was a German-born intellectual whose works focused on the history and theory of socialism and Marxism. And judged whort its intention to provide general background and signposts for further study, the book’s manner is both randomly over-detailed and simplistic. Jeremy Corbyn in the UK wants to nationalise two or three industries, so could be deemed somewhat socialist.

Cymro rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Explore the Home Gift Guide. Similar, in a sense, to how Lichtheim views Howard Wilson: The problem with the government running industries is that they are generally incompetent and socoalism.


In addition to ethical socialists, we had religious socialists, anarcho-socialists, communitarian socialists and pure-and-simple councilist socialists–plus, of course, the usual mass of “socialists” with no clear sense of ideology or history.

When most people in Western countries refer to themselves as socialist, they are not inferring that they want a democratic version of the Soviet Union.

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Even modern leftists, like Piketty, have seen the problem with Marx as an economist. There is an interesting discussion about the tentative links between authoritarianism and socialism. Poli marked it as to-read Mar 06, Meanwhile, the life expectancies of the majority of people greatly increased under what Lichtheim labels “Stalinism”. Jack Bernardi marked it as to-read Nov 15, Product details Paperback Publisher: Bakunin and Chomsky are two greatest left thinkers to date, in my view, as both understand the risk implicit in any power structure, and that giving the government that amount of power is dangerous.

Vartika marked it as to-read Apr 27, Not only is Lichtheim’s critique of Lenin one-noted and simplistic, he writes his political career off as signifying the “birth of totalitarianism”, but he completely ignores Gforge immense contributions to Marxist philosophy and theory.