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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Why Has Socialism Failed in America? {1985}

Why Has Socialism Failed in America? {1985}

(p.249) Why Has Socialism Failed in America? {1985}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1985 essay “Why Has Socialism Failed in America?” in which he examines the various reasons for socialism's failure in America. Howe begins by focusing on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, arguing that they anticipated many of the major themes in the discussions about the failure of socialism in the United States. He then turns to Werner Sombart's Why Is There No Socialism in the United States? and the reasons he put forward to explain the failure of American socialism.

Keywords:   socialism, Irving Howe, America, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Werner Sombart

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