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1.0 out of 5 stars a book for true believers, January 17, 2011
This review is from: The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (Paperback)
Capitalism is Freedom.
Everything not Capitalist is Statist.
Statism is Slavery and Tyranny.
Every Capitalist action that ever failed was really Statist.
Capitalism wins forever, hooray! Viva Capitalism!!

A waste of paper and ink (unless you are a true believer who needs a 500 page fix, wherein the author successfully (especially if you believe all his historical references) slays the paper tiger he calls "Statism").

I am not a Socialist; I believe, like most Americans, that we are best served by a mix of Capitalism and Socialism (hmm, all of Europe seems to have discovered the same thing. Funny!). And, like most Americans, I believe the current mix is terrible.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2011 1:03:08 PM PDT
MJN76 says:
"I am not a Socialist; I believe, like most Americans, that we are best served by a mix of Capitalism and Socialism (hmm, all of Europe seems to have discovered the same thing. Funny!)."

No, not funny. Actually, "most Americans" have firmly rejected socialism and statism. You fail to understand both capitalism and socialism when you believe that we are in any way "served" by a mish mash of both.

Nothing personal, but to elevate Europe as an economic model is pure ignorance. Europe suffers consistently high unemployment and terrible health care systems and has a very high percentage of citizens on the dole. This is HARDLY something to emulate.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 3:08:15 AM PDT
Neil Baxter says:
Interesting, Mr. Abraham. I see that none of the book's references are refuted, and none of its arguments are addressed by you. Your belief in our interests being best served by a mixture of socialism and capitalism is quite an odd one, seeing as they are opposites - one being enabled by men being left free to act, and one by taking that freedom away. To me that sounds like mixing oil and water; which leaves us with water we can't drink and oil that does not lubricate.

Obviously, I shall have to buy the book to see why you attack in the manner that you do.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 1:20:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 1:24:23 AM PDT
David Two says:
Among the many unsupported and highly suspect assertions about the book is the reviewer's claim that according to Bernstein, "Every Capitalist action that ever failed was really Statist." So, Bernstein believes that it is impossible for a company to fail to turn a profit in a free-market economy? Or is it, rather, his view that failed capitalist ventures should not be propped up by government by taking capital away from businesses that succeed in productively satisfying consumer demand? Perhaps the reviewer can offer a citation from the book to substantiate his view.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2013 12:59:17 PM PDT
You said: Actually, "most Americans" have firmly rejected socialism and statism.

Have they really? Perhaps you have heard of Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, public libraries, who has the time to complete the list of government supported institutions, socialistic in their essence.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2013 1:03:49 PM PDT
No, you need not buy the book to see why I attack a book that takes on the paper tiger of American "statism." Whether you like it or not, it is water and oil all over the world. And you are clueless if you believe that (democratic) socialism is necessarily slavery, else why would so many people vote for it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2013 1:10:43 PM PDT
I wrote the review 2 1/2 years ago, perhaps had you written earlier.

The problem with these review commenters (and the author of the book I reviewed) is that they seem to believe that the world is divided into two camps; the virtuous and brilliant capitalists and the evil and stupid socialists. Somewhere along the line, they drank the "the world is easy to understand" kool-aid. Sigh.

In reality, EVERY developed nation mixes capitalist and socialist institutions. "Stop the world, these guys want to get off."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2014 3:37:19 AM PST
Boy Blue says:
Europeans have a higher standard than the US and six weeks vacation versus two weeks or none here. Bernstein is simply a Randroid hack.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2014 3:38:29 AM PST
Boy Blue says:
You might also buy Everything For Sale by Robert Kuttner for a different viewpoint.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2014 3:39:34 AM PST
Boy Blue says:
You need to read OTHER sources besides Randroid hacks. Do you want a list ?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2014 3:40:22 AM PST
Boy Blue says:
Well most Americans strongly support these 'socialist' programs.
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