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The Left at War$
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Michael F. Bérubé

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799840

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799840.001.0001

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Equality and Freedom

(p.249) Conclusion
The Left at War

Michael Bérubé

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues for a democratic-socialist, internationalist left that seeks not only to smash the state and crush capitalism but to pursue human equality and realize the four freedoms. It would not be a fully “socialist” left in the sense that it would not institute central economic planning; it would be aggressively redistributionist, and it would harbor no illusions about “free” markets. It would therefore establish an egalitarian, closely monitored and regulated market that fosters innovations and promotes policies that bring food, clean water, housing, schooling, and medicine to all, as well as establishing forms of political democracy that extend to every person born: male and female, straight and gay.

Keywords:   democratic-socialist, internationalist left, capitalism, human equality, four freedoms, redistributionist left, egalitarian market, political democracy

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