Is it possible to evolve a form of socialism which, while promoting industrial development, will be merciful to the ideals of democracy? This book attempts to answer this question: first the author deals with the differing conceptions of socialism and democracy and discusses co-operative socialism. The he turns to the problem of industrialization; the need for leadership in economic transition and the role of the concept of property; the capitalist solution; decentralization; and finally industrialization within the democratic framework.This book raises issues which are as important now as when it was first published in 1962.
Part 1: Socialism and Democracy 1. Two Conceptions of Socialism 2. Two Conceptions of Democracy or A Critique of Collectivist Democracy 3. Democracy and Freedom of Thought 4. The Spirit and Form of co-operative Socialism Part 2: Industrialization 1. Leadership in Economic Transition and the Concept of Property 2. Capitalism, Monopoly, Socialism 3. Industrialization and Decentralized Development 4. Industrialization and Democracy