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Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste: Barack Obama and the Evolution of American Socialism [Kindle Edition]

Bart DePalma , Kay Derochie
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Book Description

Majorities of Americans believe Barack Obama is a socialist and that the President's policies are moving the United States towards socialism. But very few can explain why they share this belief. 

Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste: Barack Obama and the Evolution of American Socialism demonstrates why the American people are right.

Author and attorney Bart DePalma explains how socialism evolved after the collapse of the Soviet Union from classical state ownership of the means of production into a new asymmetric form - using progressive tools to achieve socialist ends, while misrepresenting the result as pragmatic "reforms of capitalism."

After winning election as a post-political centrist, President Barack Obama ruthlessly put the full evolution of socialist theory into practice, from the classical socialism of his nationalization of Chrysler and General Motors to the new asymmetric approach of his "clean energy economy" and "Obamacare."

Taking readers on a fascinating journey through the shadowy world of Obama administration czars to the "Tea Party" demonstrations besieging Congress, DePalma builds a persuasive case that American socialism is not only alive and well, but is also challenging the very proposition of the American republic.

In Never Allow A Crisis Go To Waste, DePalma reveals:

* When he enjoyed the power to unilaterally set policy under the TARP program, President Obama's first instinct was to employ classical socialism. Among his first acts as president was to nationalize Chrysler and General Motors. As Obama repeatedly told the American people: "We have no intention of running General Motors," the president in fact took majority ownership of the automaker and handpicked nearly the entire board of directors, while his secretive Auto Team chose the electric vehicles GM would produce and imposed a new dealership model which destroyed thousands of jobs.

* When asking Congress to enact his policies, President Obama abandoned classical socialism and employed a new asymmetric socialism. Derived from the German Zwangswirtshaft ("controlled economy") of WWI and WWII and the theories of French Marxist philosopher Andre Gorz, asymmetric socialism reduces business to the status of civil servants and directs its fundamental functions, while misrepresenting its actions as innocent "reforms of capitalism."

* President Obama's "clean energy economy" initiative implemented and dramatically expanded a decade old plan by a "blue green alliance" of labor and environmentalists for the government to ration and tax the coal and oil industries out of business while redistributing their wealth to create a government subsidized and directed alternative energy industry.

* Socialists and progressives were disappointed that President Obama abandoned outlawing private health insurance in favor of a government operated "single payer" health insurance system. However, the President's "Obamacare" system grants the federal bureaucracy the power to make every substantive operating decision for the nominally private health insurers including setting coverage, determining administrative costs, directing marketing and establishing the venues for selling insurance.  In turn, the government directs all Americans to purchase the resulting government designed insurance. On the eve of Obamacare's enactment, Vice President Joe Biden reassured supporters: "You know we are going to control the insurance companies."

Readers can use the Kindle edition of Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste to follow hyperlinks to 750 endnotes and then to many of the source documents for the book.

Editorial Reviews


I have read David Freddoso's Gangster Government, and David Limbaugh's Crimes Against Liberty. Mr. DePalma's work is better in many respects....In short, this is one of the few books I would consider a "Must Read" for members of TEA Party organizations... - Steven D. Laib, Intellectual Conservative

About the Author

Bart DePalma was born in Endicott, New York and spent most of his childhood moving around the country with his family. He served two tours in the Army, the last as an infantry and intelligence officer, and is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Currently, DePalma balances a law practice in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with writing books and articles on the Citizen Pamphleteer blog. He and his wife Brenda live in Woodland Park, Colorado, where you might find them hiking with their dogs. Follow @BartDePalma

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B Squared Press, LLC (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0X5LM
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I received this book as a gift, along with Capitalism 101. Of the two I prefer this one.

On the positive side, both books represent a growing body of citizens who understand that big government is very much alike to central government, and both are forms of fascism / socialism that are bad for the majority.

On the negative side, neither book seems to appreciate the fact that the Republican Party is every bit as corrupt as the Democratic Party.

Being already predisposed to agree with the author on the fundamentals, I found the book interesting but disconnected from a great deal of what I have been working on, including transparency, truth, and trust. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are corrupt; both have been busy borrowing a trillion dollars a year in our name while seeking to regulate our lives into misery.

There is a place for limited government, and a vital role: keeping business honest. Trust lowers the cost of doing business. The two-party tyranny has corrupted America, turned America into The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead.

The books well researched with many interesting notes, and it has an index [the same is not true of Capitalism 101, which is more like a bunch of personal stories bundled together.]

Where I have a problem with books like this (agreeing with the author on the basics) is in the denial of the raw fact that the Republicans have done as much if not more than the Democrats to loot the Republic, they just work in a different way.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Book of the Last 18 Months! January 3, 2012
Length: 6:23 Mins
I was kind of worried about reading this book. I figured it would be old hat. It's actually superb and Bart DePalma does a sensational job in explaining contemporary socialist strategy. I never knew what asymmetrical socialism was, but after reading this it explains a great deal of what's going on in 2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Must read. Hard to put down. October 9, 2012
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It turned out to be great. Attorney Bart DePalma does a fantastic job explaining socialism, discussing full socialism, de facto socialism, and asymmetric socialism. He also explains the harm being done by the living wage, social justice, and eco-socialism. He does a wonderful job explaining the 2008 housing crisis. Best of all, I believe what he writes as he included 750 footnotes. He is as scientific and factual as you can get on these topics.
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
Physician & Economist
Author of Anthem against Obama
Anthem against Obama
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socialist Roots of Obama's Policies February 11, 2012
Barack Obama's presidency has been marked by controversy right from its beginning. Many in America and around the world had perceived Obama as a transformational candidate, one that will bring to an end partisan politics and reestablish America's credential and high reputation around the globe. After three years of his presidency it is possible to evaluate how far have these hopes been fulfilled, and what kind of president is Obama really. In "Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste" Bart DePalma makes a very detailed, well-supported, and convincing argument that Barack Obama is indeed what many of his critics, as well as many ardent supporters, have thought of him all along: a socialist.

DePalma goes into considerable detail exploring many of the Obama's moves and policies since taking office. He also explores Obama's previous connections, activities, and affiliations - that is, as much as those have been made available to the general public. The introductory parts of the book are dedicated to the general subject of socialism in the US, something that those both on the left and the right are not too familiar with. This is primarily due to the fact that unlike many other countries, socialism never really thrived in America. At least not in its most conspicuous and obvious form. To fully explore the reasons for this state of affairs would take as too far astray. The socialist leaning left has been aware of this situation for a while, and it has devised numerous strategies and tactics for introducing socialist policies into the mainstream of the US politics under the more acceptable names and labels ("social justice," "fairness," etc.) Viewed in this context, Obama is the perfect outgrowth of this particular strain of socialism adapted to the North American conditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obama's methods and goals explained April 6, 2012
Bart DePalma's "Never Allow a Crisis To Go To Waste," is named after the unintentionally illuminating post-election comments of President Obama's then chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago mayor. Emanuel was referring to the opportunity Obama had to remake America, as he said immediately following, crises, "...are opportunities to do big things."

Just what those "big things" are DePalma explores in gripping detail, taking the reader through the history of the President's mentors, from socialist goals, both hidden and open, and methods, both violent and working within "the system." Once the animating core philosophy of Obama and those closest to him are understood, DePalma's carefully-researched, lawyerlike book unfolds like a legal brief (there are 750 endnotes). He sets out each major administration initiative, how it fits within a worldview, how it was implemented, and what it will accomplish towards remaking America.

One key service DePalma does is to explain the nature of socialism and socialist objectives and political strategy. He debunks the notion that the only form of socialism is that of government ownership of the means of production, pointing out that even the Soviet Union under Lenin allowed a large degree of private ownership - while using taxes, regulation, and various means of government control to reduce owners and managers to the status of mere civil servants.

DePalma labels the achieving of socialist ends via non-socialist methods "Asymmetric Socialism." And, as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, DePalma certainly knows a thing or two about the effectiveness of asymmetric methods in winning any struggle. He opens the chapter on "Asymmetric Socialism" with a quote from Sun Tzu, "If (the enemy) is in superior strength, evade him...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disorienting and demagogic
This book is not intended to inform, but to serve a demagogic purpose. The writer has no understanding of socialism, or at least does not care to make it evident. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Think Twice
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Lacks a genuine depth of intellectual reasoning.
Published 3 months ago by 47songs
1.0 out of 5 stars Just more rigth wing drivel.
This book is a joke. The author doesn't have even a basic understanding of socialism. It's just more Obama bashing by a right wing ideologue.
Published 3 months ago by Robert M Flynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money.
This character has no clue what "socialism" is.
He is a right wing hack.
Published 3 months ago by K. L. Gallaher
1.0 out of 5 stars A joke of a book.
A joke of a book.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas T.
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY ENJOYABLE READ
Published 20 months ago by D A W ANDERSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars It draws you in
I just started reading the book today and it drew me in immediately. I like to think I am pretty savvy when it comes to politics and for the most part I am. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by C. Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
To me, this book solved the mystery of why Barack Obama acts the way he does. I highly recommend it to all America-loving patriots.
Published on May 26, 2012 by rexriley
5.0 out of 5 stars The rise of "asymmetric socialism"
"Socialist," like "fascist," has become a political smear-word for labeling (or libeling) ideological opponents. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Andrew S. Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Once a Socialist, always a Socialist
Mr. DePalma has done a great job in explaining in great detail about socialism. Many of us were unaware that Obama was always a marxist socialist and what he is doing to our... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by mrgriff757
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More About the Author

Bart DePalma was born in Endicott, New York and spent most of his childhood moving around the country with his family. He served two tours in the Army, the last as an infantry and intelligence officer, and is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Currently, DePalma balances a law practice in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with writing books and articles on the Citizen Pamphleteer blog. He and his wife Brenda live in Woodland Park, Colorado, where you might find them hiking with their dogs.


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