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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 15, Issue 1, 2012

Violence

Richard Schmitt
Pages 259-273
DOI: 10.5840/radphilrev201215118

Socialist Solidarity
How Can We Tell Whether It Is Possible?

The theme is socialist solidarity. Schmitt notes that efforts towards solidarity fail because we do not know how to put our ideals in practice. The example is taken from the early kibbutzim. The founders were clear about their socialist principles but did not know how to put those in practice in such simple situations as the distribution of clothing. Schmitt concludes from that example that efforts to build socialist solidarity are often impeded by our ignorance of concrete techniques and arrangements needed for a solidary socialist society.

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