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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism Audiobook

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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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    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".

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Parola138 Czech Republic 12-18-12
    Parola138 Czech Republic 12-18-12 Member Since 2017

    We bite

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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.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-14-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-14-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "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.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-04-16 Member Since 2014

    avid book listener. the brain is my favorite body part. i am a Jesus follower... i miss a step quite often.

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    "excellent balance of data and anecdotes."

    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.

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    Jayne 08-30-12
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    "Book is Excellent, Audio version ... not so much.."
    Would you try another book from Kevin D. Williamson and/or Tom Weiner?

    Kevin Williamson - yes, Tom Weiner - no


    What did you like best about this story?

    The content of the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's read so flat that it gets very tedious to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I liked actually reading the book very much.


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    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.

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    Darrell W. Lonergan 07-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book Not So Great Narrator"

    I wish audible could find better narrators, who actually care about the material they are reading. If you speed it up to 1.5 speed it's not bad, but at normal speed I just couldn't get into it with this narrator. He obviously doesn't believe in the content of the book, or at least if he does it doesn't come across.

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    Chris 03-10-17
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    "Phenomenal"

    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.

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    Joshua moore 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Political gold "

    Lots of food for thought in this book, it will sharpen your political senses, especially economically.

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    "Exceptional"

    Typical work of Mr. Williamson, exceptional. The reading was clear, easy to understand. Would recommend to a friend.

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    Tom L. Lewis Saratoga Springs, NY 07-20-13
    Tom L. Lewis Saratoga Springs, NY 07-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism?

    What a painfully enlightening book. I sensed most of what was written before, but this brought to light so many facts about other political leaders and societies that I did not know. We're all in deep trouble. Our children are likely to be worse off in the future because of Obama's successful advancement of socialism.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the past histories


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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