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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – January 10, 2011
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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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This large 304 page soft cover book is organized into 15 informative chapters. They are as follows: Fresh Fruit for rotting vegetables, yes, real socialism has been tried and it has failed, the price of being wrong, India: a case study in socialist failure, the Prussian roots of American socialism, socialist education and the problem of incentives, why Sweden stinks, North Korea: fighting for a failed system, socialism is dirty, Venezuela: anatomy of a crackdown, Socialism and Nationalism: allies not rivals, U.S. energy independence and central planning, Eugene V. Debs and Woodrow Wilson, Socialist Internationalism and the United States and yes, Obama care is socialism.
This very interesting and informative book provides a more objective approach to the subject of socialism as compared to the “blame and hate capitalism” historians which seem to dominate our colleges and universities today.
If you are seeking a more politically incorrect but more balanced and objective view of the failed political system of Socialism this book is for you. I found it a great read.
Rating: 5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical view of politics and politicians).
Read this before you go and make a fool of yourself by supporting Bernie Sanders.
Socialism in Russia is different from socialism in Sweden but when socialism is compared across cultures commonalities appear. He addresses the issue of sorting out what is local or cultural vs. what is tied to socialism itself regardless of the culture that socialism is applied in.
This is our second copy; the first one went astray. : )
I can also recommend:
The Rational Optimist: how prosperity evolves by Matt Ridley
Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
Reinventing the Bazarr by John McMillan
Liberalism by Von Mises could be a good addition as well (Liberalism in the original sense of the term- it's not what you think.)
Human Action: The Scholar's Edition by Ludwig von Mises
If you start with Politically Incorrect and go down that list you will get a fair start on better understanding socialism, capitalism and free markets, appropriate/inappropriate regulation/intervention by government, and economic growth in both the developed part of the world and the third world, and a bit more besides.
Development as Freedom looks (in part) at freedom of action, and Human Action on the study of the actions people take. That's so simplified as to be misleading... you could say H.A. looks at economic choices as part of a wider framework. Development as Freedom also looks at economics in a broader framework; he examines the freedoms that help foster economic development and enable people to live the kind of lives they have reason to value - with economic growth providing some of the means to their ends.
Friedrich Hayek used the term catallaxy to describe "the order brought about by the mutual adjustment of many individual economies in a market." --You may want to look at some of his work as well.
If you are ready for something heavier, Prices and Production by Freidrich Hayek and The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig Von Mises are good choices. I found Von Mises rather hard to read in some sections, but well worth the effort.
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