Erik Olin Wright devoted his life to figuring out ways the world could finally leave capitalism behind. His final book holds crucial lessons about which strategies belong to the past and which ones can build the bridge to a socialist future.
Vivek Chibber is a professor of sociology at New York University. He is the editor of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy.
Erik Olin Wright was radicalized in the 1960s and remained a Marxist because his moral compass simply wouldn't allow him to drift away. With his death, the Left has lost one of its most brilliant intellectuals.
Class struggle and running for office often pull in opposite directions. But we can’t build a socialist politics without navigating those waters.
The twentieth century left socialists plenty of lessons. Will we heed them?
Despite the threat of automation and the weakness of organized labor, workers still hold the key to winning social change.
Socialists focus on the working class because of our diagnosis of what's wrong with society and our prognosis of how to fix it.
Workers are at the heart of the capitalist system. And that's why they are at the center of socialist politics.
Ellen Meiksins Wood showed so many of us what it means to be a committed intellectual.
Capitalists are interested in profit, not development. Only workers can empower the Global South.
Postcolonial theorists have to stop insisting we choose between the universal and the particular.
Postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril.