The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

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by Kevin D Williamson
     
 

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Stalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba...it’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal

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Stalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba...it’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central–planning effort of them all, Obama’s healthcare plan.

In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history—especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism.

Williamson further demonstrates:

Why, contrary to popular belief, socialism in theory is no better than socialism in practice
Why socialism can’t exist without capitalism
How the energy powerhouse of Venezuela, under socialism, has become an economic basket case subject to rationing and blackouts
How socialism, not British colonialism, plunged the bountiful economy of India into stagnation and dysfunction—and how capitalism is rescuing it
Why socialism is inextricably linked to communism

If you thought socialism went into the dustbin of history with the collapse of the Soviet Union, think again. Socialism is alive and kicking, and it’s already spread further than you know.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596981744
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
12/21/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
346,336
File size:
626 KB

Meet the Author


Kevin D. Williamson is deputy managing editor of National Review, a columnist for The New Criterion, and an adjunct professor at The King’s College, New York City. His work has appeared in the New York Post, Commentary, Our Sunday Visitor, The Indian Express, and other publications. A frequent commentator on politics and economics, he has appeared on the Glenn Beck Show, the Kudlow Report, NPR, the CBS Evening News, BBC, Power&Politics, and dozens of talk-radio programs. A native of West Texas, he currently lives in the South Bronx.

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book uses a great deal of research, analysis and easy to understand examples of socialism's failed history, and its impossibility of ever working. He not only makes you understand how much other countries have tried and failed to implement socialism, but that it simply cannot be done because people want to choose how they live their lives, which socialism does not allow. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better grasp on what the history and ideals of socialism are so they can increase their intellectual ammo in fighting this political plague.
mld0806 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the P.I.G. series, I jumped on this one right away when I saw it and have to say it is quite disappointing. This is a book on economics. Nothing more. Political philosophy is touched on briefly, but mostly ignored. As a book on economics, it is very much based in the Austrian school of economic theory. In fact the majority of the book can be summed up as, "Socialism is bound to fail, and Mises tells us why right here." There's also a LOT of Hayeck, with a little Milton Friredman for monetary theory. Almost anyone quoted who is not one of the above is from the von Mises Insitute. What was most disappointing was the lack of most of what sets the P.I.G. series apart. The normal irreverence was forgotten until the epilogue. The revelation of "new" ideas was minimal, with most examples being obvious ones, and the "politically incorrect" interpretations weak and dry.Furthermore, the author seems to have written the entire thing wth Roget's close at hand not, as one would expect, to vary word usage to prevent boredom, but to replace words with obscure synonyms to increase the apparent intelligence of the work. I run a big box bookstore and consider myself to have an above average vocabulary, but the author gave my Nook Color's lookup function a workout, and the text would have read smoother with more mainstream words. Overall, the weakest, most boring P.I.G. book I've read. Unless you're an economics nerd, avoid this for other titles in the series. If you are an econ nerd, just read von Mises and Hayeck instead. Final note, this was a joy to play with my Nook Color's touchscreen. See a footnote, tap the hyperlink to go to the note, tap the link to read the cited website, then tap the footnote to go right back to the text. Makes checking references a breeze. Move those scholarly works up on your wish list if you can get them as NookBooks!
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Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
Well written whether you're a socialist, capitalist or other.
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Worthy forwarning of what empending Socialism brings.
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Socialism's prominent trait...failure?! Maybe the dumbest claim a Conservative American could make. I guess we shouldn't look at the successful European nations who have been using this system for years to outshine the US in category after category. Put away the American flags and Bibles gentlemen. Come back to reality...