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on October 15, 2007
I picked up a copy of this book at Half Price Books. The back cover reads as follows:

"When a devotee of private property, free market, limited government principles states his position, he is inevitably confronted with a barrage of socialistic cliches. Failure to answer these has effectively silenced many a spokesman for freedom. Here are suggested answers to some of the most persistent of the "Cliches of Socialism." These are not the only answers or even the best possible answers; but they may help someone else develop better explanations of the ideas of liberty that are the only effective displacement for the empty promises of socialism."

This is a fantastic book, 303 pages of 76 short essays. Each essay breaks down a socialistic cliche. Some examples: "The more complex the society, the more government control we need," "If we had no social security, many people would go hungry," "The government should do for the people what the people are unable to do for themselves," "The free market ignores the poor," etc.

The book was published in 1970, but the essays are just as pertinent in 2007. As the United States is slowly becoming more and more socialist with hardly anyone realizing it and with hardly anyone knowing the dangers of socialism, you must read this book!!! The short essays get right to the point, very well-written and satisfying (totally puts socialism in its place). I never make recommendations, but this is a must read.
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on February 1, 2010
Both this 1970 and the original 1962 editions are hard to find or expensive. Thankfully American Vision has just published an updated version entitled "How to Argue With a Liberal...and Win!"
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direct from AV for $[...]

It's worth every penny. If you know a liberal that is willing to look past the book title and actually read this...get it. If they can read this book and still support their political opinions, then at least they will know they are indeed socialists, and not simply taken in by empty promises and rhetoric. Either way...get it for yourself. Everyone needs a better understanding of free-market capitalism!

JD
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on June 30, 2011
The various cliches or objections that liberals/ socialist bring to limited government and free markets have not changed much, they are the same as decades ago when this book was published. Some of the objections addressed are the following:

1. "The more complex the society, the more government control we need."
2. "If we had no social security, many people would go hungry."
3. "The government should do for the people what the people are unable to do for themselves."
4. "The right to strike is conceded, but . . ."
5. "Too much government? Just what would you cut out?"
6. "The size of the national debt doesn't matter because we owe it to ourselves."
7. "Why, you'd take us back to the horse and buggy."
8. "The free market ignores the poor."
9. "Man is born for cooperation, not for competition."
10. "Americans squander their incomes on themselves while public needs are neglected."
11. "Labor unions are too powerful today, but were useful in the past."
12. "We have learned to counteract and thus avoid any serious depression."
13. "Human rights are more important than property rights."
14. "Employees often lack reserves and are subject to "exploitation' by capitalist employers."
15. "Competition is fine, but not at the expense of human beings."
16. "We're paying for it, so we might as well get our share."
17. "I'm a political moderate."
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There are around 70 objections or cliches addressed in the book.

You may also like to look at a new printing of the exact book, with a new title, containing minor updates to statistics and similar items: How to Argue with a Liberal and Win!.
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