I have long argued for socialism as an attitude, rather than socialism as a program.
The late political philosopher G.A. Cohen is one of the most important socialist philosophical voices of the last 30 years. While Cohen wrote a grand treatise on Marx’s theory of history, he also engaged and criticized the libertarianism of Robert Nozick and the liberal egalitarianism of John Rawls.
In the following videos from 1986, Cohen outlines a critique of capitalism.
Cohen’s personality comes through in this rather serious video, much in the way it does in his writings, especially his more personal reflections on socialism found in his books If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re So Rich? and Why Not Socialism?
What are your thoughts about Cohen’s video essay? Please let me know in the comments below.
This post originally appeared here at Approaching Justice on March 7, 2014.