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How to Argue with a Liberal and Win! Paperback – April 25, 2010
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About the Author
Joel McDurmon, M.Div., Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored three books, Manifested in the Flesh: How the Historical Evidence of Jesus Refutes Modern Mystics and Skeptics, The Return of the Village Atheist, and Zeitgeist Refuted: Is Jesus an Astrological Myth? He also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to American Vision.
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But with that said, not only are these concise, sound answers to many of the socialistic formulas ammo for the liberty loving individual, they can also be a useful defense for ALL those who have fallen into the traps of socialism. I must admit, I have: At this stage I agree and support all the arguments in this valuable book, but what I discovered, is that unions were never noble, nor was the foundational power of statistics. So, I stand corrected and more learned. Maybe a better title would be, "How to make an argument for free market capitalism with someone who believes in a particular socialistic ideal."
This rendition has been left in the white, so to say, with the editor making updated changes where necessary. Even though written by various authors over sixty years ago it is actually more relevant at present, in fact, you may develop the illusion it was written today. Each saying (cliché), is answered purposely, using only a couple pages on average. Each argument supports a free market economy over the flawed, socialistic ideology.
We have now lived for about a century under some form of statism. How do we wean ourselves off of these comforts? Once something is socialized for a period of time we tend to believe there is no other way, thus disregarding what the free market has done to improve our lives. Socialism (let's call it what it is), in all of its guises, is immoral. And we don't need pure socialism to see the damage it does. Most of us realize socialism is evil, and doesn't work, why then would any of us want it for certain things. Social programs are easier to see because the results are immediate; although temporary, they are eventually destructive. Capitalism isn't as visible but is far more lasting and beneficial. Sadly, a percentage of us have fallen into the traps of socialism, which, is usually based on emotion and good intentions, as in the cliché, "I'm for free enterprise--but". Either our rights come from the government or, some other source. Who is that source?
From the back cover...
"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 '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 on liberty that are the only effective displacement for the empty promises of socialism."
--From the Forward to the Original Edition
Get this book and read it!
The new title simply doesn't address the content of the book, which is really a bunch of pithy sayings followed by a paragraph of copy supporting the premise. It actually makes for some very dry reading and isn't written in a way to provoke, defend or win an argument.
It's also in desperate need of an update since, for example, our educational system is vastly different in the 2010s than it was 40 years ago.
And good luck "starting an argument" with statements such as:
"Man is born for cooperation, not competition" or "The idols of the marketplace must yield to those of humanity"