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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thought provoking, December 28, 2010
This review is from: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides) (Paperback)
Despite the treatise presented by the reviewer mianfei (who sounds like he has some dogma issues of his own), I wholeheartedly recommend this book. If you live in a world where your government delivers efficient, cost effective services with no unintended consequences you probably won't like this book, but if you live on planet Earth there is much insight to be gained from this book. Particularly for those of us who don't spend our lives studying political theory, this is a good primer that cuts through the clutter of the chattering heads on TV. It's easy to yell "Socialist!" at someone you view as too liberal, but it's not particularly useful, and most people don't understand what socialism really means. This book goes a long ways towards defining it, explaining its attraction to a certain class of people, and why socialism ultimately destroys those systems it seeks to perfect.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2013, 8:41:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2013, 8:53:59 PM PDT
mianfei says:
The issue is not dogma, it's that capitalism in Australia and Southern Africa has not succeeded at protecting environments that are of much greater fragility, greatly lower productivity (except in the Benguela Current) and higher species diversity than those in Eurasia and the extratropical Americas. Quite frankly, Australia and Southern Africa are the only genuine test of a political system's environmental record; see Global Runoff: Continental Comparisons of Annual Flows and Peak Discharges and The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People for details of just how unproductive and fragile Australia is.

Australia, as can be seen in the "Indian Ocean Climate Initiative" (see "http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/publications//doc_download/7994-indian-ocean-climate-initiative-stage-3-summary-for-policymakers.html") is faced with the loss of a uniquely large proportion of its biodiversity to a decline in rainfall of about 5 millimetres per annum over its southwest, which could turn formerly humid areas into a desert soon. Acceptable levels of pollution in Australia and Southern Africa are, owing to ultra-oligotrophic soils, likely much lower than in Eurasia or the Americas, yet Australia's per capita greenhouse emissions are five times those of the EU. Aside from greenhouse gas emissions, Australia has lost a larger proportion of its indigenous mammals than any other continent.

Further reading:
- McKenzie, N. J., D. Jacquier, R. F. Isbell, and K Brown. 2004; "Australian soils and landscapes: an illustrated compendium"; CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.
- Orians Gordon H. and Milewski, Antoni V.; "Ecology of Australia: the effects of nutrient-poor soils and intense fires" in Biological Reviews; volume 82, issue 3 (August 2007); pp. 393-423.
- Huston, Michael A. and Wolverton, Steve; "The global distribution of net primary production: resolving the paradox"; inEcological Monographs, 79(3), 2009, pp. 343-377. Published by the Ecological Society of America

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2014, 7:54:58 PM PDT
are you a driippy litttle pussfacee or you the skantumoaniuus fartwaffell..bring thewarm because you a'nt

Posted on Nov 15, 2015, 4:03:12 PM PST
SPF says:
You seem to have not read about (and this author chooses to ignore) the fabulous success of Socialist mayors and other office holders in the US. They brought us many innovative programs and did so in squeaky-clean, fiscally responsible administrations.
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