This a chapter from retired Prof. Reitz's forthcoming book entitled Philosophy & Critical Pedagogy. As such it is written for a more academically oriented audience.
The 1 percent’s enormous accumulation of private property has not led to the self-actualization of the human species or its individual constituents, as the neoliberal business utopians assert, but to the continuation of war and poverty, and to the delusions of grandeur and self-destruction on the part of our current Masters of the Universe on Wall Street. The radical goal of socialism is to reclaim our common humanity through public work for the public good. Sensuous living labor, through its own agency and revolutionary humanism, has within its power the transformation of the social wealth production process into the production of our common wealth.
A commonwealth counter-offensive is the political challenge today.