Remember when socialism was a dirty word? Now students at America's elite universities are parroting socialist talking points and "sure thing" Hillary Clinton is struggling to win the Democratic nomination against a 74-year-old avowed socialist who promises to make the nation more like Europe. What's happened? Do Americans need a reminder about the dangers of socialist ideology and practices?
Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor and senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, deconstructs the retrograde ideology that has suddenly become disturbingly hip in The Problem with Socialism.
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Armed with the knowledge in this book, you'll be able to debate any of your leftist friends. He sites all kinds of examples of where socialism has ruined societies. Making the main claim among other well founded claims, that socialism hurts there very people it declares to help.
Fantastic easy to understand book on the why socialism fails and is a harmful political ideology. must read for those that want to understand many problems facing the world today
Sound economic logic is paramount in today's society. Thomas Di Larenzo masterfully exposes the real motivations behind a planned economy. America is in danger of falling further into this trap. Educating yourself with the real problems of socialism is necessary.
DiLorenzo's book succinctly exemplifies the teachings of Hayek, Rothbard and Von Mises while using examples from the last 40 years, including the current presidency. It only confirms my reading/listening of these fine authors and provides the argumentative bases for discussions of socialism with the Social Justice Warriors of today. Use this audiobook to convince others that we are truly on the Road to Serfdom.
Interested in keeping it interesting, leadership, theology and business.
I really like how succinct this audio is. It is very timely and relevant.
DiLorenzo hits the right topics, explains them quickly and moves on. I also liked his reference points; Lappin, Bastiat, Mises, Stalin. He uses History in conjunction with these other authors as authority to further his already well made points.
I liked everything about this book, DiLorenzo provides good info and methodically shows "The Problem with Socialism" and will alert those that may be asleep to the Socialist policies that have already been enacted and in place in the US for many years.
He makes clear what the natural conclusion of where these socialist policies have taken other countries in the last 150 years and where the Socialist policies in the US will also eventually lead.
Book provides the feeling and facts and the moral positioning needed to have intelligent conversation for those who may be trying to find their way to Liberty.
I have 130 non fiction titles. I wrote reviews for only 5 or 6 others. I'll be listening again soon!
This book condensed a lot of important information into a relatively small book that will be an easy read for those new to the topic. It should become a classic first read recommendation for those discovering what liberty really means, alongside Bastiat's "The Law", Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson" and Rothbard's "What Has Government Done To Our Money" and "Anatomy of The State".
It keeps the reader engaged, as all great writers do. Even someone who is well versed on the topic should learn quite a bit.
An outstanding job.
I was thrilled about this new book and plan to buy several hard copies to give away to people I know who are misinformed about the nature of socialism.
Thomas DiLorenzo has earned a prominent place in history with this masterpiece.
Having lived 8 years under National Socialism and having escaped from the Socialist "Workers Paradise" of East Germany in 1953, I have to congratulate the author on a job well done. I have never seen or read a better description of what Socialism is, how it works and what it does to the people.
Unfortunately, the people, who are steering this country towards Socialism, are unlikely to read this book. History repeats itself, because most of us are ignorant of it.
I love reading/listening to books! Favs are by Reformed authors. I'm always looking for good biographies, and accurate Church history.
This book was a real eye opener. I really thought I understood Socialism, but Thomas DiLorenzo has written a book that gets deep into the different types of Socialism and makes it easy for the general public to understand. I had no idea about some of the hideous things that have come about because of Socialism, I just knew the surface things that most Americans know. Because we have been free, we don't get it... we don't understand how Socialism really works. We don't understand what it's like to live in a country who murders millions of it's people... a Socialist county -- killing their people, taking their property, pillaging their bank accounts.... Americans don't get it because we have been blessed! But, it's coming and I appreciate Thomas DiLorenzo for digging in and delivering the facts. My family and I highly recommend this book. It's quite frightening, but America,... if this is coming here, we need to be ready to stop it!
HUGE Kudos to Bob Souer who did a stellar job narrating this with energy and passion. Mr. Souer is one of the best narrators in the field today! Great job Bob!
If you find yourself debating economics with leftists and socialists then you need this book. It very nicely summarizes some common socialist myths, provides counter examples, and lays out a case for why socialism always fails no matter how varied its implementation.
The public schoil system was very interesting. I especially liked the supermarket analogy.
The narrator was amazing.
The book is just non stop information. I love no fluff or filler just hard hitting facts. This was a great read.
"Every young person needs a copy of this book..."
For what this book may lack in length, it makes up for in sheer content. I've never come across such a wonderfully concise and easily followed critique on the short comings of socialism, combining theory with case study and opportunities for further reading. In a time where most younger people have a strange fascination and fondness for socialism, this book seems the ideal remedy. Buy it twice and pass it on.
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