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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Michael Dahlen
- Audible.com Release Date: March 14, 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B06XJ628VS
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Socialism, Fascism, and the Tyranny of Big Government Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Totalitarianism refers to an authoritarian political system or state that regulates and controls nearly every aspect of the public and private sectors. This would describe both fascist Nazi Germany and the communist Soviet Union. It should be obvious that both socialism and capitalism are economic systems, not political systems, and either can be subjugated to the state. Today we have millions of people who live quite happily in democratic socialist countries that, by the way, have better quality of life and standard of living than democratic capitalist countries. Even the great capitalist countries have adopted many or most of the national social policies and programs of socialist countries such as national health care, national social security after retirement, national child care, national food supplements, etc. to different degrees. This is true whether the countries are democracies, authoritarian, or totalitarian.
As for "big government," it should be obvious that the bigger and more complex the country, the bigger and more complex the government it requires. The author is falsely presuming that "big government" is synonymous for an authoritarian government or its extreme, the totalitarian state, and that's the tyranny we would get if we moved to fascism or socialism. This doesn't have to be the case and is not the case for many large and complex countries in the world. It's true for fascism or communism which are synonymous with state authority, but not for socialism, which is an alternative economic system to capitalism.
Readers should beware. Just the confusing title and false premises that misrepresent and conflate political and economic systems suggests that the author has an agenda, one that probably intends to disparage socialism in favor of capitalism. Trying to persuade readers by fooling them about facts and logic is a common tactic of the far right (and far left, for that matter). Perhaps the author should try to distinguish societies and countries that exhibit state capitalism, democratic capitalism, state socialism, and democratic socialism. We have many examples of these on the planet right now and some are doing better than others.