The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 21, 2010 - Political Science - 304 pages
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.
 

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Intellectually dishonest. Central planning isn't socialism. Central planning is model of organization, which nearly every single group or enterprise uses. It's cute to run around quoting libertarian or Austrian economists, but taking snippets out of context is pretty dishonest and lazy. Read full review

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Truly puts the sun at the center of the solar system in terms of the left's lies.

Contents

FRESH ROTTING FRUIT FOR VEGETABLES
1
YES REAL SOCIALISM HAS BEEN TRIEDAND IT HAS FAILED
17
THE PRICE OF BEING WRONG SOCIALISM AND THE GREAT CALCULATION DEBATE
27
INDIA A CASE STUDY IN SOCIALIST FAILURE
45
THE PRUSSIAN ROOTS OF AMERICAN SOCIALISM
69
OTHER PEOPLES MONEY SOCIALIST EDUCATION AND THE PROBLEM OF INCENTIVES
85
WHY SWEDEN STINKS
99
NORTH KOREA FIGHTING FOR A FAILED SYSTEM
113
SOCIALISM AND NATIONALISM ALLIES NOT RIVALS
171
US ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND CENTRAL PLANNING
185
EUGENE V DEBS AND WOODROW WILSON SOCIALIST WORDS SOCIALIST ACTIONS
203
SOCIALIST INTERNATIONALISM AND THE UNITED STATES
221
YES OBAMACARE IS SOCIALISM
237
THE PRICE IS METAPHYSICALLY RIGHT
265
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
281
NOTES
283

SOCIALISM IS DIRTY
131
VENEZUELA ANATOMY OF A CRACKDOWN
147

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Kevin Daniel Williamson (born September 18, 1972) is an American conservative commentator. He is the theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (2011, Regnery), The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome (2013, HarperCollins/Broadside Books), The Dependency Agenda (2013, Encounter Books), and The Case against Trump (2015, Encounter Books), and has contributed chapters to The New Leviathan: The State Vs. the Individual in the 21st Century (2013, Encounter Books) and Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval (2013, Encounter Books). Williamson previously worked at the Mumbai-based Indian Express Group, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Journal Register Newspapers, and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, where he directed the journalism and communication programs, and as an adjunct professor at The King's College. Williamson was the editor of The Bulletin , a former daily newspaper in Philadelphia.

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