- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Press (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
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Shakedown Socialism: Unions, Pitchforks, Collective Greed, The Fallacy of Economic Equality, and other Optical Illusions of "Redistributive Justice" Paperback – August 1, 2010
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Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from Ukraine, currently lives in New York. In the USSR he was a teacher, a translator, a worker, a freelance journalist, and at one time a propaganda artist, creating visual agitprop for the local Party committee in a Siberian town. He moved to the United States in 1994, hoping to forget about politics and enjoy life in a country that was ruled by reason and common sense, whose citizens were appreciative of constitutional rights, the rule of law, and the prosperity of free market capitalism. But what he found was a society deeply infected by the leftist disease of "progressivism" that was jeopardizing real societal progress. The result is this book, as well as many more essays, political parodies, and cartoons, published in various media in America and around the world. Most of it is collected at his satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com - a spoof of "progressive" ideology, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as "a Stalinist version of the Onion."
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If you are interested in this topic, also try Kevin Williamson's "Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism" The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (Politically Incorrect Guides) -- much longer and more widespread treatment.
Oleg Atbashian has a Breitbert-like approach -- ridiculing leftist Unionists and holding up a gigantic picture frame to accentuate their horrid ideas. He shows how American labor movements are mimicking the track of Eastern Europe labor unions of a few generations ago.
And the book is so quotable.
Takes a good hard look at the champions of global economic equality. Importantly, the book shows them as immoral and power-hungry useful idiots who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.
"Since economic equality can not be attained by bringing everyone up to the level of the achievers, the achievers will have to be brought down to the level of mediocrity, with most of their earnings and property taken by the government." p 86
"The yearning after equality is the offspring of envy and covetousness..." -- William Graham Sumner p 90
"The very notion of economic equality implies that our lives are determined solely by material factors and that nothing spiritual matters...[above a certain minimal level of creature comfort, to focus on economic equality]...we are, by implication, degrading free will, intellect, liberty, opportunity, and the greatness of the human spirit." p 100-101
"The only kind of equality that can be realistically achieved among humans is equality before the law, meaning equal rights and opportunities for all... Equality before the law is incompatible with forced economic equality, which rigs the game by infringing on the rights of the more productive in favor of the less productive, limiting opportunities for some to benefit others, and taking by force from one select group only to give unearned material gains to another select group." p 103
Teach your children well.
It wasn't long before Oleg Atbashian discovered that this country was fast becoming like the nation that he just left-----the former USSR. And in this book he describes often in very humorous, tongue in cheek descriptions how much of what is practiced here is not much different from the restricted economic system in Russia. The book is divided into seven chapters, and the first one is the chapter that keeps you wanting to read on. It's title is: Lenin: Trade Unions are the School of Communism. When I read this chapter, the rest of the book pretty much capitalizes on the same theme----economic equality and fairness. And that ultimately in the end neither one of these prevail. The little guys will always be holding up the wealthy union bosses and powerful politicos.
Here is a favorite passage from the first chapter: "No matter where I worked in the USSR, I was always a union member without so much as a formal notice--starting with the student union in college and then on to whatever union was assigned to the state-run enterprise that hired me, regardless of the job description. The only indicators of this one-sided relationship were the monthly union dues, automatically deducted from my measly wages. It was like paying alimony for a fling I never had."
There is an appendix at the end of the book titled: Obama the Pitchfork Operator: Remake of the Soviet Classic "It was often pointed out during the election that Obama lacked management experience. While having a president with no experience is bad, it's not nearly as bad as having a president with experience as a community organizer."
And from that appendix: "My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks," Barack Obama told the CEOs of the world's most powerful financial institutions on March 27, when they cited competition for talent in an international market as justification for paying higher salaries to their employees.
And the word "pitchforks" refers to a "vigorous campaign of threats and intimidation perpetrated by Obama-sponsored ACORN and union activists in conjunction with theatrical outrage from government officials, amplified by the complicit media, and coordinated from one political center, which has now moved to the White House."
Oleg Atbashian lived the experience of strict regulations, limited freedom, state run enterprises, official media, state "permitted" textbooks, and thus limited freedom. In his light hearted humor with many illustrations and photos in this small text, he is warning us that the America that we all know and love may become the USSA(United Socialist States of America) instead of the United States of America.
Oleg Atbashian is the ideal author to write this book due to his own experience with Unionist Socialism and its progression into a totalitarian government where the "rights" of the union members are completely destroyed.
It is ironic that those who call themselves "progressives", advocate a form of government that progresses into the complete loss of everything they believe in.
I wish that all Liberals and Progressives would read this book and take it to heart. But I fear that they will not, and we will continue to "progress" into tyranny with them blaming Capitalism for their own enslavement. - Such is the history of Socialism.
When they find themselves going to jail for missing a day of work, they will find someone else to blame it on.