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  1. The Accumulation of Capital 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1913
    Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
  2. Alternate Societies
    A brief survey on intentional community in European history

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1993
    A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
  3. Callenbach, Ernest
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    American writer, known as an author of green books, namely as author of the ecological utopias Ecotopia (1975) and Ecotopia Emerging (1981). (Born 1929).
  4. Catch your dreams - utopia is possible!
    While Marinaleda has its flaws, it reminds us that alternative economic models are not only possible, they already exist.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democracy, cooperation and mutual aid.
  5. Charles Fourier Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    "Equality of rights is another chimera, praiseworthy when considered in the abstract and ridiculous from the standpoint of the means employed to introduce it in civilisation. The first right of men is the right to work and the right to a minimum [income]. This is precisely what has gone unrecognised in all the constitutions. Their primary concern is with favoured individuals who are not in need of work."
  6. The Commonwealth of Oceana
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1656
    James Harrington's Common-Wealth of Oceana (1656) was based on universal land-ownership and was a militant republic dedicated to spreading its democratic system to the rest of the world. Harrington's well-meaning vision almost landed him in prison and Cromwell banned it.
  7. Communes in America
    The Place Just Right

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    Traces the history of collective settlements in the United States and compares their organization and purpose with the communes of today.
  8. Communes USA
    A Personal Tour

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    An account of a variety of communes in the United States.
  9. The Communistic Societies of the United States 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1875   Published: 1965
    Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
  10. Community Dreams 
    Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1984
    A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
  11. The Ecology of Freedom 
    The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1982   Published: 2005
    Bookchin's synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future.
  12. Ecotopia
    The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1975
    A novel describing an ecological utopia.
  13. The Faber Book of Utopias
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1997
  14. Fourier, Charles
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    French utopian socialist and philosopher. Credited with having originated the word féminisme in 1837. (1772-1837).
  15. Herland
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1935
  16. Icarians
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A French utopian movement, founded by Étienne Cabet, who led his followers to America where they established a group of egalitarian communes during the period from 1848 through 1898.
  17. The Joy of Revolution 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1997   Published: 2007
    Knabb says "What is needed, I believe, is a worldwide participatory-democracy revolution that would abolish both capitalism and the state. This is admittedly a big order, but I'm afraid that nothing less can get to the root of our problems. It may seem absurd to talk about revolution; but all the alternatives assume the continuation of the present system, which is even more absurd."
  18. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution 
    Volume I: State and Bureaucracy

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1977
    A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
  19. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution 
    Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1990
    Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiques to illuminate what Marx's socialism was, as well as what it was not.
  20. The Law of Freedom in a Platform
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1652
  21. Manituana
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2009
    1775. The conflict between the British Empire and the American colonies erupts in all-out war. Meanwhile, in the secluded Mohawk Valley, a utopian community thrives: white Irish, Scots and Native Americans live harmoniously together in "Iroquireland."
  22. Marxists Internet Archive 
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  23. Marx's Vision of Communism
    A Reconstruction

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1977
    Ollman tries to reconstruct Marx's vision of communism from his writings of 1844, the year in which he set down the broad lines of his analysis, to the end of his life.
  24. Minimum Utopia: Ten Theses
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    One person's thoughts on the subject of utopias as we approach a new century and millennium.
  25. A Modern Utopia
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1905
  26. The New Atlantis
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1626
    Tells of a "lost civilisation" that lives in perfect harmony and peace. Their society is dedicated to the accumulation of knowledge and the study of science and nature.
  27. News from Nowhere 
    or An Epoch of Rest: Being Some Chapters From a Utopian Romance

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1890   Published: 1892
    A utopian novel by William Morris which combines a vision of working class revolution with a picture of a society that is primarily agricultural and based on handicraft production.
  28. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 19, 2015

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2015
    Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to live in. Such dreams can inspire us and guide us, even if they are not always quite practical. This issue of Other Voices peers into the world of utopian visions, practical or otherwise.
  29. Our Generation
    Volume 17 Number 1

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1985
  30. A Paradise Built in Hell 
    The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2010
    The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides.
  31. Paths in Utopia
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1996
    In this work, Buber expounds upon and defends the Zionist experiment - a federal system of communities on a co-operative basis. He looks to the anarchists Proudhon, Kropotkin and Gustav Landauer, but selects only that part of their doctrines appropriate to his case.
  32. Paul Goodman: Writing on the Web
    Resource Type: Website
    Writings of the social critic Paul Goodman.
  33. Peace Utopias
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1911
    What is our task in the question of peace? It does not consist merely in vigorously demonstrating at all times the love of peace of the Social Democrats; but first and foremost our task is to make clear to the masses of people the nature of militarism and sharply and clearly to bring out the differences in principle between the standpoint of the Social Democrats and that of the bourgeois peace enthusiasts.
  34. The Post- Industrial Utopians
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1987
  35. Real Utopia 
    Participatory Society for the twenty-first century

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
    Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.
  36. Rebels, Reds, Radicals 
    Rethinking Canada's Left History

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2005
    McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capitalist order.
  37. Reclaiming Utopia: The Legacy of Ernst Bloch
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    Bloch's Marxism was from the start unorthodox as the result of his abiding interest in the notion of utopia. This notion was held in disdain by many orthodox Marxists.
  38. Risking Utopia
    On the Edge of a New Democracy

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1997
  39. Rosa Luxemburg Speaks
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1970
    A selection of speeches and writings by Rosa Luxemburg.
  40. Saint-Simon, Henri de
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    French utopian socialist thinker. (1760-1825).
  41. Selections from the Prison Notebooks 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1951   Published: 1973
    Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
  42. Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America
    Nineteenth-Century America

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1973
    A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing with the sexual life of the group as a whole.
  43. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1880
  44. Socialist Humanism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1965   Published: 1966
    An international symposium whose contributors explore the humanist essence of socialism. Among the contributors are Herbert Marcuse, Maximilien Rubel, Norman Thomas, T.B. Bottomore, Raya Dunayevskaya, Ernst Bloch, and Bertrand Russell.
  45. The Socialist Register 1978
    Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1978
  46. Socialist Register 1993
    Volume 29: Real Problems False Solutions

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1993
  47. Socialist Register 2000
    Volume 36: Necessary and Unnecessary Utopias

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2000
  48. Socialist Thought
    A Documentary History

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1964
    An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
  49. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and society – with Richard Swift.
  50. Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America
    Original title: History of American Socialisms

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1870   Published: 1966
    Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
  51. Thomas More and his Utopia
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1888
    More can only be understood in the light of his age, to comprehend which a knowledge of the beginnings of capitalism and the decline of feudalism, of the powerful part played by the Church on the one hand, and of world commerce on the other, is necessary.
  52. The Unknown Dimension 
    European Marxism Since Lenin

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Marxist tradition and to restore the centrality of Marxist revolutionary thought and practice.
  53. Utopia
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An ideal community or society.
  54. Utopia
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    Drawing on John Pilger's long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.
    Utopia tells a universal story of power and resistance in the media age driven by old imperatives and presented as liberalism.
  55. Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1951   Published: 1962
    Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman is animated by a vision of a good society, a coherent community, a style, and quality, of life that is fully human, and humanizes.
  56. Utopian Socialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Links to the writings and biographies of Utopians and Marxist commentaries on them, and material on 20th century utopian movements and the use of utopian and dystopian visions in literature and political polemics.
  57. The Utopists: Owen, Saint Simon, and Fourier
    Chapter 13 of Socialism From The Root Up

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1888
  58. Voyage en Icarie

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1842
  59. Voyages To Utopia
    From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1989
    The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
  60. Why Marx Was Right 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2011
    Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.

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