Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Recommendation - The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

I just acquired and am about halfway through a book by National Review's Kevin D. Williamson. It is called "The Politcally Incorrect Guide to Socialism."  So far the book is an excellent accounting of the origins and history of the Socialist movement and shows how much Socialism has crept into our own country's structure and institutions. One example is our system of public education. The book also shows how Socialism's record on nearly anything is worse than any capitalistic endeavor, for example the environment. Some of the greatest environmental catastrophes of all time have taken place under socialist regimes and they weren't all accidents but by design. One  such is the Aral Sea which was formerly one of the largest lakes in the world with thriving fisheries, commerce and communities economically dependent on it. Now it is largley dried up and has now become three separate bodies of largley toxic water. How did this happen? The Soviets diverted the rivers that fed it to irrigate their massive collective farms without any regard to the effect on the lake or the people who depended onit for their livelihoods. That is but one example.

The book is far from a dry read considering the subject matter. It is actually difficult to put down and I usually only find that to be true about really good novels. So, if you would like to become a bit more educated about Socialism, this book is an excellent choice to achive that end.

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