It Didn't Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United by Seymour Martin Lipset, Gary Marks

By Seymour Martin Lipset, Gary Marks

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Why socialism has did not play an important position within the United States--the so much built capitalist commercial society and accordingly, ostensibly, fertile flooring for socialism--has been a serious query of yankee historical past and political improvement. Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks "survey with subtlety and intelligent judgment a few of the explanations" (Wall road magazine) for this phenomenon of yank political exceptionalism. "Clearly written, clever, full of new information" (Times Literary Supplement), this "splendidly convincing" (Michael Kazin, Georgetown collage) paintings eschews traditional arguments approximately socialism's dying to offer a fuller figuring out of ways a number of factors--political constitution, American values, immigration, and the cut up among the Socialist get together and mainstream unions--combined to seal socialism's destiny. "In top shape, grasp political sociologists supply a must-read synthesis."--Theda Skocpol, Harvard college

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There were early strikes of coopers, butchers, bakers, protesting against government control of the fees they charged. " In 1741, bakers combined to refuse to bake because they had to pay such high prices for wheat. " Andrew Belcher, a wealthy merchant, was exporting grain to the Caribbean because the profit was greater there. On May 19, two hundred people rioted on the Boston Common. They attacked Belchers ships, broke into his warehouses looking for corn, and shot the lieutenant governor when he tried to interfere.

Bacon's Rebellion began with conflict over how to deal with the Indians, who were close by, on the western frontier, constantly threatening. Whites who had been ignored when huge land grants around Jamestown were given away had gone west to find land, and there they encountered Indians. Were those frontier Virginians resentful that the politicos and landed aristocrats who controlled the colony's government in Jamestown first pushed them westward into Indian territory, and then seemed indecisive in fighting the Indians?

The question is important, not just as a matter of historical accuracy, but because any emphasis on "natural" racism lightens the responsibility of the social system. If racism can't be shown to be natural, then it is the result of certain conditions, and we are impelled to eliminate those conditions. We have no way of testing the behavior of whites and blacks toward one another under favorable conditions-with no history of subordination, no money incentive for exploitation and enslavement, no desperation for survival requiring forced labor.

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