The “special edition” includes writings from many ‘liberal thinkers,’ and yes, the term seems to be an oxymoron.
The Nation, a magazine that has long stood as the standard-bearer for liberalism, has devoted a special issue to declaring that capitalism has failed and must be scrapped.
The issue includes a symposium of liberal thinkers on what system to adopt aside from capitalism, including one who offered qualified praise for Nazi Germany’s economic programs.
“Adolf Hitler practically abolished German unemployment within five years, and Franklin Roosevelt triggered a spectacular recovery and reindustrialization with the New Deal,” wrote British economist Paul Mason, author of the book PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, in a column for the magazine’s issue cover-dated May 22-29. The issue is headlined “Out From Under Capitalism.”….
He concluded his piece by arguing that the “one big cause” liberals must embrace is “a systemic project of transition beyond capitalism.” He said that this will require “using the existing, oppressive, imperfect state while simultaneously trying to democratize it. Street protests, mass resistance, strikes, and the occupation of squares are great ways to assemble the forces….
Joelle Gamble, a student activist and contributor to the symposium, similarly believes in taking complete control of the government and looks to Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, as a leader….