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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – January 10, 2011
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[This book will] ". . . sound the alarm to alert all patriots and arm them with the facts they need to fight the good fight."
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"Eviscerating. Williamson outlines the fine hashes socialism and Communism have made in the countries in which they have been imposed." --National Review
"Required reading." --Mark Levin Show
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The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism
This really should be required reading for those who think that socialism is a relic of a half forgotten past. Contrary to popular belief, the socialist impulse is alive and well. It’s been said that socialism would only work in Heaven—where it’s not needed—and in Hell—where they’ve already got it. With the cool detachment of an exorcist, Kevin Williamson methodically demolishes the allegedly angelic good intentions behind socialism to reveal the demonic consequences of its implementation.”
—Jonah Goldberg, editor at large of National Review Online and author of Liberal Fascism
Socialism isn’t dead—it’s just in disguise. From Lenin and Hugo Chavez to state–run industries and U. S. healthcare, Kevin Williamson puts his finger on what makes government planners’ dreams of running our lives not only ineffective, but dangerous: they don’t know half as much as they think they do. Exploring the socialists’ philosophy in their own words, Williamson shows why the problem with socialism isn’t just that it hurts the economy, but that it undermines all the institutions that allow a free society to function—and that is why it can’t co–exist with liberty.”
—Mark Levin, nationally syndicated talk radio host and author of Liberty and Tyranny
In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson cuts through the confusion about socialism, providing long overdue clarity and precision. In the process he exposes the insidious nature of the ideology, including its various American forms, and he drives a stake through the heart of today’s apologetics for this menace. The book is scholarly, informative, and absolutely fascinating.”
—David Limbaugh, author of Crimes Against Liberty
Kevin Williamson takes a look at socialism in all its forms, and he uncovers some facts that might make even would–be socialists wince: socialism isn’t just bad for business, but bad for the poor, bad for the environment, and bad for your health. If you want to understand the deeper ideological forces at work in our politics today, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism is a good place to start.”
—Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s the Kudlow Report
What’s the central characteristic of socialism? That’s easy—it’s failure.
From North Korea to the American public education system, from Venezuelan oil companies to ObamaCare, the reports of socialism’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Although the Soviet Union collapsed in ignominy, the central planning impulse that guided it endures in countless industries and government policies throughout the world. As Kevin Williamson explains in this myth–busting book, socialism never works because it can’t work. It assumes the authorities have all–knowing planning abilities that human beings don’t possess—and can’t possess. This central flaw has resulted in crushing poverty, devastating famine, and even mass murder. And yet the socialist dream” is spreading—including here in America.
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Read this before you go and make a fool of yourself by supporting Bernie Sanders.
Some on the specific things I really enjoyed in this book was the author showing that when socialism raises its ugly head it comes in the form of National Socialism, much like the Nazi's. Almost all of the socialist movements throughout history are completely or partially reliant on nationalist sentiments and not internationalism, most notably the United States being an exception to this fact. With that said the author does a fairly good job of showing that the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi's) are indeed socialists. Just between their leftist domestic and economic policies, as well as the secular and progressive beliefs that many Nazi leaders, including Hitler, expressed it is ridiculous to classify these guys as conservatives. I mean the old argument that they were racists and fighting communists makes them conservatives is dated and simply untrue. I don't believe there is some rule saying leftists can't be racist or can't fight between one another. To this fact, the author wisely points out the anti-Semitic attitudes demonstrated by those on the left, as well as cover the disagreements that can occur between two socialistic groups. I still hold out hope that much like the debunking of the "Darks Ages" and the myths surrounding the religion vs. science debate, that the Nazi's will be counted among the other mass murdering leftist movements of the 20th century.
In the end this book clearly shows that the only things that socialism can do well is produce mass murders, create overwhelming poverty and economic discontent, crush personal freedoms through regulation from gigantic totalitarian governments, and put a halt to human productivity and progress.
The only major criticism of the book I have is that I wish there was a little more history, since there are plenty of good examples of the failures of socialism, and a little less theory.