Politically Incorrect Guide To Socialism

Politically Incorrect Guide To Socialism

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Stalin's gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba...it's hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism-that efficient, complex economies simply can't be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn't stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central-planning effort of them all, Obama's healthcare plan.In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history-especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism. Williamson further demonstrates:Why, contrary to popular belief, socialism in theory is no better than socialism in practiceWhy socialism can't exist without capitalismHow the energy powerhouse of Venezuela, under socialism, has become an economic basket case subject to rationing and blackoutsHow socialism, not British colonialism, plunged the bountiful economy of India into stagnation and dysfunction-and how capitalism is rescuing itWhy socialism is inextricably linked to communismIf you thought socialism went into the dustbin of history with the collapse of the Soviet Union, think again. Socialism is alive and kicking, and it's already spread further than you know.
Publisher: [United States] : Regnery Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2010
ISBN: 9781596981744
1596981741
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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pm221
Jan 21, 2017

Even if you do not agree 100% with the author's positions, he makes his point extremely lucidly and deserves consideration. At no point does he descend to spouting ideology for its own sake, always having a valid argument. This book should be a valuable enabler of intelligent discussion.

hania4987 Dec 10, 2013

I wish this book had been around when I was taking my poli-sci classes. Williamson deconstructs the theory and gives real life, historical and contemporary examples of socialist thinking, enacted policies and their consequences.

Mee2 Mar 02, 2013

The author of this book, Kevin Williamson, is an economics professor. In one of my favorite chapters, “Why Sweden Stinks”, Williamson explains why the Liberal pipe-dream, Sweden, “is rapidly transforming itself into the sort of society that will not be able to support the relatively successful welfare-state arrangements that characterized it throughout most of the twentieth century.” This is a book that should be read especially by young people, who have been so brainwashed they don’t even know socialism, fascism and communism all stem from the Left. So, no “stable of Conservative talking-heads” (not that there is anything wrong with Conservatives!), but one economics professor telling the truth about this ghastly economic system.

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naturalist
Dec 24, 2012

The world according to right-wing Regnery Publishing, Inc. (Eagle Publishing) and their stable of conservative talking heads including such luminaries as: Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Dinesh D’Souza, Newt Gingrich, Mark Steyn, Mark Levin, Ed Klein, David Horowitz, Laura Ingraham, Donald Trump. Enjoy.

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darkmoonman
Sep 26, 2011

Sad that the Ultra Right still can't tell the difference between socialism and communism.

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