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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.

©2011 Kevin D. Williamson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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)

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  • Jim
  • Holland, TX, United States
  • 10-19-17

Karl Marx Was a C**t Who Let His Children Starve

This is a book of arguments to use against Socialism/Communism (the author says they are one and the same) if debating a neo-socialist. Use it and you’ll probably win, given that being woefully ignorant is normal for too much of the country. Williamson outlines major anti-socialist authors since the 1800s and their arguments, then goes on to target recent regimes, particularly Venezuela. He begins each chapter with a pithy quote. (The problem with Capitalism is capitalists; the problem with Socialism is Socialism--Willi Schlamm, ex-Socialist) It’s a book for the already converted who want an historical rundown, at the same time stockpiling ammo to trounce that idiot you work with who thinks Bernie Sanders had all the right ideas. I was informed and entertained by it but then I’m not a socialist believer. If you are, then listening to this book will be like visiting the other side of the moon.

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Everything about this is great and eye-opening

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.

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  • karl blau
  • Goose Creek, SC United States
  • 10-04-17

very informative

Some difficult concepts which I needed to hear s 2nd or 3rd times. I will recommend this course!

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Wish all would read before the next election

Best explanation of Socialism I've ever read. Explains just how socialist the US already is.

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Worth a read, once.

The author makes some very good points about socialism and capitalism, but is very repetitive on his topics of discussion.

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Socialists beware!

This book should be mandatory reading in all high schools /colleges. To paraphrase the author; and unicorns should spread pixie dust everywhere. Eye opening and frightening at the same time. A number of villains exposed in this informative book.

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Very insightful...

I WISH THIS WAS TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM. THE PUBLIC IS SIMPLY NOT INFORMED ABOUT TOPICS SUCH AS THESE.

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Must Read

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".

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-14-17

He opposes it!

This is a wonderful book on the practical, real world impact of socialism. For the most part author Williamson leaves political philosophy theory to others such as Fredrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, both of the Austrian school, while he deals with the fact that socialism is consistently inferior to capitalism in the real world using examples of socialism's consistent failures. I'm going to nitpick a point that he makes which is wrong: Williamson indicates that having a standing government military is itself a form of socialism which is of course unadulterated BS. In doing so he defines socialism too strictly/inflexibly. Nevertheless, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism is a very worthwhile book which I highly recommend. Tim Weiner does a nice job of narration.

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I couldn't get through the first chapter.

I am a conservative and I couldn't even deal with the obvious bias that this book has. It is extremely one sided and virtually impossible to listen to.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful