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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies.

With this monumental work, Mises laid the foundations for free society. Socialism has influenced scores of influential thinkers, including Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman. It is read over and over again today, all over the world, inspiring throngs of new defenders of freedom.

©1981 Margit von Mises (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“This book must rank as the most devastating analysis of socialism yet penned…An economic classic in our time.” (Henry Hazlitt)

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Required reading:

This book goes into extensive detail outlining the history of socialism and the economic reality compared to economic theory.

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Such an important subject!

What did you love best about Socialism?

The information that is contained in this book is really important, especially in today's political climate.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I'm interested in the information but it is hard to listen to.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bernard Mayes’s performances?

Not if they are like this performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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This performance was monotone and droning. It was hard to listen to to get the information from the book. I would rather have read it.

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The narrator mumbles horribly.

What would have made Socialism better?

I stopped listening after two hours. The presentation was more than I could stand.

How could the performance have been better?

Clearer diction would have helped immensely.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Socialism?

I would have fired the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry that I wasted my time and money.

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starts slow but good technical read

comprehensive, extensive study for those in the formal sociological or political study areas. good overall.

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Mises Crushes the Socialist Ideal

Loved it. It could have just as well been written yesterday. Mises crushes the Socialists with ease.

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Difficult, but good!

This is a very difficult book to read. Not only are a lot of the references 50ish years old, but the structure of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Still, the content, once penetrated, is very good!

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Required reading for every #AntiFa

If you believe in Class Warfare, you owe it to yourself to learn what a true progressive liberal country would look like. In my opinion, this book should be required reading to graduate from high school in America.

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I think he might be just plain wrong!

Surprisingly shallow unsupported assertions.
A good insight into his followers.
I was drawn to von Mises by those who quote him - libertarians.
I really had expected more substance. This book is more like a collection of paranoid ramblings.
The section on women actually caused my jaw to drop.
Well narrated with some amusing Americanism.

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boring not a lot of good information

struggled to finish, poorly written and researched. Do not waste the time and money on this book.

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Unconvincing

I bought this book and listened to it to balance my reading of Piketty. Von Mises is a free market luminary and his conclusions and recommendations would certainly contradict an author like Piketty. Mises' book, however, is extremely unconvincing. Despite the author's claims that he is scientific, there is no data contained in the book; it is entirely based on logical argumentation. While the arguments are mostly internally consistent they often are built on false premises or consist of straw man attacks on his opponents.

The reading style is appropriate to Mises' voice: pompous and over-the-top. It's s solid performance but there are serious issues with splicing one recording session into another; the audio quality varies widely at times.

I was struck by just how bigoted Von Mises was when it came to religion. His hatred of Christianity was certainly on display here. He was not above including long, and incompetently written, forays into theology to mock the faith.

I recommend people read this work to see the ideology that animates many American elites, such as the Koch brothers. If people knew exactly how these elites viewed them, essentially as stupid peasants with a pathetic faith in Christ, they would not enjoy the support that they have.

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