I remember a remarkable conversation I had with one very bright friend of mine who, after much prodding, finally admitted to me he still believed in socialism (properly implemented, of course). Just as I'd suspected, old habits die hard, even if they have to go into hiding or change names for a while. Over time, people seemed to become more comfortable being socialists again, but I'm not sure how far that trend has gone.
Now I'm pretty far removed from the academy, and I'm unsure what the climate is these days. So I suppose I have a two-pronged question for us to consider. First, is socialism still alive on the intellectual left? If so, what forms and/or names has it taken? Second, what do you think? Is socialism still viable as a political movement? As a means of arranging an economy? Or has global capitalism simply won?