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Opinion polls show that many people in the US prefer socialism to capitalism. But after being declared dead and buried for decades, socialism has come to mean little more than something vaguely less cruel and stupid than what we have now. That's not exactly going to inspire millions to storm the barricades.

Danny Katch brings together the two great Marxist traditions of Karl and Groucho to provide an entertaining and insightful introduction to what the socialist tradition has to say about democracy, economics, and the potential of human beings to be something more than bomb-dropping, planet-destroying, racist fools.

©2015 Danny Katch (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-20-16

Seriously Entertaining and Seriously Sincere

This is hands down the most entertaining socialist manifesto you will ever hear, well, since "Lenin's little known Big Bathroom Book of Bolshevik Jokes."

Danny Katch will do his best to persuade you that Socialism is not only a good system in theory, it's a real world alternative to capitalism. As a writer, he is bold and funny, and might convince "today's daydreamers and whiners" to embrace a different economic model.

Narrator, Dara Rosenberg delivers Danny's book with the comic timing of a seasoned stand-up comic. She hears every note of sarcasm and of real feeling. A+ job.

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Not so much about Socialism

I was searching for a book about Socialism which this book is not so much. It's more about being anti-capitalism and believing that just because Socialism is not capitalism, it would solve all its problems, and all other humans problems too. Like racism, sexism and such! To my opinion that's preposterous.
Most of the content of this book is just berating on the obvious problems of capitalism and almost nothing on how Socialism would work in a realistic environment. On the very contrary, when the book gets to that point, the author goes on telling a fantasy he imagines to be somewhat realistic, I think.
Maybe that's the pun in the title I didn't get before buying this book, but I don't think there's nothing serious here.

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A sloppy argument

To be up front I’m someone who believes in capitalism, but that is not why I was disappointed by this book. I had really hoped for a good exposition of what socialism was and why that system would be better than capitalism. But what I got was a book that just made vague claims of why capitalism was bad and socialism would be awesome. The author also claims that none of the attempts as socialism are real socialism and that is why they have failed. Yet he never sets out criteria for what real socialism would look like and how the problems that caused issues previous iterations would be resolved. I really was sad this book did not have more depth as I would love to read a more cogent argument as to why socialism is good to better understand my views.

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IM READY FOR THE REVOLUTION

Would you consider the audio edition of Socialism...Seriously to be better than the print version?

Read or listen its great

What other book might you compare Socialism...Seriously to and why?

The First I have read about socialism but I'm ready for more
Not a lot on audible though, I was looking for Trotsky history of the Russian revolution state of revolution by VL Lenin and women and socialism class race and capital by Sharon smith

What does Dara Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She read beautifully

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me THINK

Any additional comments?

Comrades, I'm now ready! lets overthrow 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐩capitalist pigs this book will get you ready too! Time for a Revolution ! No better time then with 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐩Trump in the White House.

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Socialism for beginners

A great tool for cutting through such a dense topic & for getting oriented on the basics of socialism, which can be hard for those new to both the concepts & the community. Highly recommended.