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Remember when socialism was a dirty word? Now students at America's elite universities are parroting socialist talking points and "sure thing" Hillary Clinton is struggling to win the Democratic nomination against a 74-year-old avowed socialist who promises to make the nation more like Europe. What's happened? Do Americans need a reminder about the dangers of socialist ideology and practices?
Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor and senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, deconstructs the retrograde ideology that has suddenly become disturbingly hip in The Problem with Socialism.
©2016 eChristian (P)2016 eChristian
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By Stella2 on 08-16-16

DiLorenzo is spot on about Socialism

Fantastic easy to understand book on the why socialism fails and is a harmful political ideology. must read for those that want to understand many problems facing the world today

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By Keith Christensen on 10-13-16

Efficient and easy to understand, unlike socialism.

Armed with the knowledge in this book, you'll be able to debate any of your leftist friends. He sites all kinds of examples of where socialism has ruined societies. Making the main claim among other well founded claims, that socialism hurts there very people it declares to help.

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By Jes73r on 03-03-17

Every young person needs a copy of this book...

For what this book may lack in length, it makes up for in sheer content. I've never come across such a wonderfully concise and easily followed critique on the short comings of socialism, combining theory with case study and opportunities for further reading. In a time where most younger people have a strange fascination and fondness for socialism, this book seems the ideal remedy. Buy it twice and pass it on.

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By Brian & Kim Westman on 08-04-17

A must for 'anyone' interested in politics! Especially those would don't understand conservatisms compassion

An excellent read (or listen) about the problems Socialism, leads to. Best, the writer doesn't insult the socialist thinker, but points out very well the evidence that history has given us (but is simply not taught to young students, for reasons explained). The writer explains why socialist ideas, which seem completely logical and even compassionate simply do not deliver. In fact, as is seen all over the world, contrary to helping the poor, Socialism impoverishes the poor. If that statement frustrates you, and you think capitalism is 'evil' as I have so often encountered, then this book is for you, as even if you are not convinced, you will understand why Conservatives believe they are the party for everyone and everyone benefits more from capitalism. It would be a very different world in a Socialist world.

Some of the middle chapters are deep in history and may seem irrelevant to today, but remember that they are only irrelevant because we haven't had a Socialist century. You need to keep this in mind during the explanations.

A great summary of the 'mis understood problem with socialism and a book that Socialist should read and all students, even if you decided to reject the findings. It will leave you less angry and more understanding of you political opposites.

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