Jacobin Magazine has the very interesting article John Dewey’s Experiments in Democratic Socialism.
While the Vermont product became one of the twentieth century’s most well-known philosophers, widely considered the philosopher of American democracy itself, his idiosyncratic thought earned him enemies across the political spectrum. The Right saw him as a Communist, the Communist Party saw him as a philosopher of reaction. As for Dewey, the only “ism” he could attach his name to was “experimentalism.”
I have been using the term “what works ism” to describe my philosophy. Dewey’s term is easier to pronounce, but mine has a different set of nuances than Dewey’s. I actually like both sets of nuances.
There is much more to this article than the little excerpt I chose above. It is interesting to think about his philosophy and what Richard Wolff describes at his web site Democracy At Work.