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.
Some difficult concepts which I needed to hear s 2nd or 3rd times. I will recommend this course!
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The argument against capitalism whether from the socialist, communist, or progressive has always been framed as degrees of caring for the less fortunate vs the cold capitalist. That is not the argument at all as this book clearly explains.
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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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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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I’m sure that there are other books by Williamson that are more up-to-date, the info is good but is a little dated for the time when I listened to it in 2018.
I got this book to learn about socialism simply because I felt I had no real clue what socialism is, and the folks I asked all had different opinions. I now realize that I'm one of the few people who actually understand what socialism is. I'm shocked now how easily I had bought into socialist programs before, not even realizing the pitfalls and problems lying ahead because of it. What's more, I'm a business consultant, and I'm even more shocked to see how socialism keeps making its way into corporate America! I finally understand why many of the programs I've been kicking against are the way they are, and that is giving me the power to actually fix them.
Thank you, Kevin!
Not only is this book utterly clear in it's explanation by providing two straightforward characteristics that define socialism, it is filled to the brim with surprising examples (at least to be) from around the world as well as here in the United States that serve to demonstrate how socialism works, and how it affects the people that these programs touch.
Tom Weiner's performance was magical. At first, I struggled to keep up because the material is both deep and concise, but once the foundation of terminology and meaning was established for me, I actually enjoyed the pace. Throughout the book I kept being impressed with Tom's voice, his casual yet matter-of-fact manner, and his great pronunciation, including of foreign names and words. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by him.
Best explanation of Socialism I've ever read. Explains just how socialist the US already is.
The author makes some very good points about socialism and capitalism, but is very repetitive on his topics of discussion.
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.
I WISH THIS WAS TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM. THE PUBLIC IS SIMPLY NOT INFORMED ABOUT TOPICS SUCH AS THESE.