Video: “Socialist reconstruction in America”

Oct 30, 2022

Watch an insightful discussion about the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s latest book, Socialist Reconstruction in America: A Better Future for the United States!

The webinar, facilitated by Kym Smith, features contributors Ben Becker and Jodi Dean, as well as Vijay Prashad, the Director of TriContinental Institute for Social Research.

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What would it look like to build a socialist society in the United States? To end the U.S.’s imperialist exploits, eliminate poverty, racism and bigotry, and utilize the wealth and development of modern society for the good of the people?

Socialist Reconstruction: A Better Future for the United States envisions this future. It picks up in “the first decade of socialism in the United States,” and describes what socialism could mean for housing, healthcare, education, public safety, and many other aspects of US society. The goal of the book is to demonstrate, rather than just declare, that there is an alternative to capitalism in the United States, and to start a dialogue with all of society about what such a socialist society will look like.

As it says in the preface to Socialist Reconstruction: “If the ideas on the pages that follow entice and engage you—whether you are in total agreement or have another proposal for remedying the crises of capitalism—then you should consider yourself a socialist… In the capitalist present, such a world may seem like a dream. But it’s not. It can happen here.”

Featured speakers

Ben Becker is a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Jodi Dean is a Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith College, who has written or edited thirteen books, including Comrade, The Communist Horizon, and her latest book, co-edited with Charisse Burden-Stelly, Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Women’s Political Writing.

Vijay Prashad is the Director of TriContinental Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and the author of dozens of books, including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World.

Kym Smith is an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, outside liaison with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak SC, and co-founder of the Soda City Bail Fund.


“This courageous and visionary book provides a realistic and realizable socialist alternative to our decaying predatory capitalist civilization. It grounds a grand socialist reconstruction of the present US regime in our present sufferings and struggles, especially in the crucial role of an awakening of working peoples! Genuine hope trumps despair in this prophetic text!”

– Dr. Cornel West

“Every project that is fed up with the failed capitalist system must develop a vision for socialism that builds the confidence of people that such a post-capitalist world is possible. Sharp clarity of thought based on experiments by people around the world defines thsi crucial book, a roadmap for our work.”

– Vijay Prashad