Liberals scoff when conservatives denounce Obama and his policies as socialist. After all, they argue, Obama isn’t Stalin and America is nothing like the Soviet Union. But socialism doesn’t always resemble the Berlin Wall or the Iron Curtain, as National Review editor Kevin Williamson proves in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.
In this new P.I. Guide, Williamson reveals the truth: despite what the liberal politicians and leftist pundits would have you believe, the policies coming out of Washington today are nothing more than socialism disguised as equality and justice for all. Tracing socialism back to its roots, Williamson defines this misunderstood ideology, explains the different forms socialism takes on, and shows how it is thriving right here in the United States in the form of “Obamacare”, financial regulations, and more. Offering conservatives the political and rhetorical ammunition they need to combat the liberal lies about one of the most misunderstood ideologies in modern history, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism reveals why everything socialism purports to do, the free market does better.
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“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)
“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 coexist with liberty.” (Mark Levin)
“Kevin Williamson cuts through the confusion about socialism, providing long overdue clarity and precision.…[This] book is scholarly, informative, and absolutely fascinating.” (David Limbaugh, author of Crimes Against Liberty)
This book is an excellent history of socialism, its causes, and the US's century-long march down the path to it. Especially timely is the explanation of how England's national health "service" started out just as Obamacare is starting today - the economic destruction of WWII was the crisis that caused them to nationalize their healthcare, among other things. We won't need another war to cause ours. O'care itself will be the cause, and nationalization will be the socialists' remedy.
It's interesting to note that England still has a small private health industry, for those who can afford it - the rest are victims of the public "service".
I knew very little about Socialism going into this book, and thought it was very informative. in America, you get the idea that Socialist are these little heroes who defy the big bad capitalists but the book takes a sober look at how socialist schemes have ruined the environment worse than any BP oil spill or similar catastrophe. To balance, I think it is fair to also read the politically incorrect guide to capitalism so as to hear both sides and make a fair opinion. Socialism is not completely evil, nor is capitalism. The truth lies somewhere between the two, I feel.
Kevin Williamson is not fond of socialists and their friends. He makes it plain just why that is in this book.
avid book listener. the brain is my favorite body part. i am a Jesus follower... i miss a step quite often.
I was a socialist for many years. I based my ideology on "fairness, heart, and an dream of a perfectly designed world ". Subsequently I was challenged by an economist to truly research the science of economics and the historic facts of every form of socialism. I abandoned the ideology recognizing it as immoral and destructive to the most marginalized in the world. This book covered many of the areas of discovery I made in my extensive research. It's an excellent primer for people truly investigating socialism.
Kevin Williamson - yes, Tom Weiner - no
The content of the book.
It's read so flat that it gets very tedious to listen to.
I liked actually reading the book very much.
I've read this book and it is an excellent synopsis of the pitfalls of Socialism through various iterations in several nations. It is easy to understand and doesn't get bogged down in too much detail. Unfortunately, the narrator reads it very flat; as if he is just saying the words without understanding the concepts.
A great coverage of the fascistic (regulation-controlled) American industries and an explanation of the necessity of prices for prosperity and rational planning of the life of the individual. Essential reading.
One-stop overview of over a century of socialism's failures. Excellent, entertaining and very informative. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor as well as how accessible he made this historical review of a failed yet persistent governing method.
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