Robert Heilbroner (1919-2005) was the most distinguished American academic socialist of the 20th century. He was a long-time professor of economics and author of the best-selling The Worldly Philosophers. In this article, written after the fall of the Soviet Union, Heilbroner argues as a social scientist that socialists must diagnose accurately the failings of socialist experiments in order to correct them.
Read Robert Heilbroner’s essay here. Summary by Stephen Hicks, 2020.