A collection of essays from a revered member of the British Labour Party. What distinguished Cole was his distance from traditional marxist and bureaucratic labour approaches. Neither a Communist nor a Social Democrat (nowadays referred to as a Democratic Socialist a la Bernie Sanders) Cole desired a socialism that centered freedom for workers—an end to capitalist exploitation, workers’ management of production, and an expanding democracy in all realms of social life.
G.D.H. Cole: A Libertarian Trapped in the Labour Party (by David Goodway)
A Note on the Contents
1. Conflicting Social Obligations
3. For Democracy
4. G. D. H. Cole's Election Address
5. What Socialism Means to Me
6. Liberty in Retrospect and Prospect
7. The British Labour Movement: Retrospect and Prospect
8. The Development of Socialism during the Past Fifty Years
9. Education and Politics: A Socialist View
10. The Trade Union Outlook
11. What Is Socialism?
12. The Socialism of British Labour
13. British Labour’s Achievement after 1945: An Assessment
14. Is This Socialism?
15. What Next? Anarchists or Bureaucrats?
16. Socialism and the Welfare State
17. Reflections on Democratic Centralism
18. William Morris as a Socialist
19. Socialism and Social Democracy
20. How Far Must We Centralize?
21. Socialism, Centralist or Libertarian?