The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism
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 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.
Kevin Williamson does an excellent job explaining how Socialism inherently disastrous and immoral.
This book goes into a lot of examples of socialism and explains them well. The author gives lots of supporting information for his view of why socialism is bad in the many different aspects that it has been put to practice. I think you need to keep reading if you are reading this book as a supporter of socialistic ideals and look into the root of the authors message.
Solid coverage but unreadable
The author covered the material thoroughly, but the book reads like a college term paper or doctoral thesis. It is so over-scholarly that the is boring, abstract, and unreadable. The author spent WAY too much time quoting other thinkers. I'm very interested in this material, but I couldn't stand to finish the book.