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This chapter is in two sections. The first section, after noting the severity of the environmental emergency and the need to go beyond capitalism in responding to it, addresses the different understandings of socialism. The second section discusses the changing political space occupied by socialist discourse in the US over the span of the author’s politically active life. Finally, the two Parts that comprise the body of the book—“Issues in Applied Marxist Theory” and “Social Movements and Political Leadership”—are summarized in a pair of paragraphs that indicate briefly the theme of each chapter.