The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides)

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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.

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The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism

This really should be required reading for those who think that socialism is a relic of a half forgotten past. Contrary to popular belief, the socialist impulse is alive and well. It’s been said that socialism would only work in Heaven—where it’s not needed—and in Hell—where they’ve already got it. With the cool detachment of an exorcist, 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 and author of Liberal Fascism

Socialism isn’t dead—it’s just in disguise. From Lenin and Hugo Chavez to state–run industries and U. S. healthcare, Kevin Williamson puts his finger on what makes government planners’ dreams of running our lives not only ineffective, but dangerous: they don’t know half as much as they think they do. Exploring the socialists’ philosophy in their own words, 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 co–exist with liberty.”
—Mark Levin, nationally syndicated talk radio host and author of Liberty and Tyranny

In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson cuts through the confusion about socialism, providing long overdue clarity and precision. In the process he exposes the insidious nature of the ideology, including its various American forms, and he drives a stake through the heart of today’s apologetics for this menace. The book is scholarly, informative, and absolutely fascinating.”
—David Limbaugh, author of Crimes Against Liberty

Kevin Williamson takes a look at socialism in all its forms, and he uncovers some facts that might make even would–be socialists wince: socialism isn’t just bad for business, but bad for the poor, bad for the environment, and bad for your health. If you want to understand the deeper ideological forces at work in our politics today, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism is a good place to start.”
—Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s the Kudlow Report
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What’s the central characteristic of socialism? That’s easy—it’s failure.

From North Korea to the American public education system, from Venezuelan oil companies to ObamaCare, the reports of socialism’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Although the Soviet Union collapsed in ignominy, the central planning impulse that guided it endures in countless industries and government policies throughout the world. As Kevin Williamson explains in this myth–busting book, socialism never works because it can’t work. It assumes the authorities have all–knowing planning abilities that human beings don’t possess—and can’t possess. This central flaw has resulted in crushing poverty, devastating famine, and even mass murder. And yet the socialist dream” is spreading—including here in America.

About 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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