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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895268159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895268150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Reed on February 27, 2009
However anarchical their rhetoric, triumphant socialists unfailingly turn totalitarian. This is the message of The Coercive Utopians: Social Deception by America's Power Players, by Rael Jean Isaac and Erich Isaac (Chicago: Regnery Gateway, c. 1983). They argue that "utopianism, by its inherent logic, leads to coercion" (p. 8). The book comes commended by one of America's preeminent philosophers, Sidney Hook, who said: "I have rarely read a book which has contained such challenging information, and which raises so many troubling questions about the good will and bona fides of many organizations soliciting public support. The Isaacs' book should be read by all intelligent laymen who are active in public affairs."
Illustrating one of the facts that elicited Hook's alarm was a 1980 decision of the General Conference of the Methodist Church to financially support communist regimes in Cuba and Vietnam as well as the PLO. Aligned with the National Council of Churches, which encouraged its functionaries to disguise how the organization's funds were spent, the Methodists were simply one of the mainline denominations supporting Marxist movements that promised to inaugurate perfect societies. To one Methodist spokesman, the church's mission was to establish "'solidarity with the poor and the powerless'" (p. 20). Church delegations visited Cuba and inevitably found what they hoped for--a wonderful, egalitarian society. Other representatives visited Vietnam and wrote glowing reports of the communist transformation taking place following the war. They found grounds for praising Pol Pot's movement in Cambodia and gave financial support to Robert Mugabe as he began his brutal rule in Zimbabwe.
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Wow! This is so current even though written 30 years ago. It all makes such good sense to me about the trend toward socialism that is happening today. The writing is so well done and meticulously explained with footnotes. I agree with another reviewer that this book should be read by everyone. From the global warming crowd to the redistribution of wealth group, it's all in this book. And it is a lot more than these. It explains how the New Agers got into Environmentalism. It goes further into how people got into power and proceeded to plan their dream of a utopia for the world. It gives names, places, dates, outcomes. It is an amazingly good read. I'm not quite finished reading. I may read it again. It is a treasure!
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