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Very thorough argument on the utter dangers of socialism. For me it fell short at two things: 1) truly refuting Scandinavian economics vs a free market economy (instead of simply acknowledging it wouldn’t work in the US and comparing to Venezuela), and 2) at stepping away for blatant partisan preference (free market capitalism is not particular of the Republican Party, and Trump is depicted as a pretty little angel repeatedly while Democrats destroyed countless times). Could have been more powerful to me if it delivered that.
Whilst I agree with D'Souza regarding his searing criticism on socialist politics taking over the American Left, I cannot agree with his view on the free market. D'Souza seems to advocate for an almost libertarian view of free market economics? Sure, the government should not decide where to build condos and railroads and be excessively involved, but they should be there to put in rules and regulations. The free market, without rules and regulations, does not care about the American people. It is the reason why American corporations have been trying their hardest to ship production overseas, because it's all about efficiency and lowering production costs, all at the expense of the American worker. Four million manufacturing jobs in the US have been lost in the last decade alone and the loss of manufacturing jobs is essentially hollowing out the Midwest. Is it not horrifying that most life-saving drugs and medical supplies (including face masks) are manufactured in China? The textile industry in American has been completely destroyed in the last two decades. The free market encourages such phenomena, because yes, setting up factories in Bangladesh and hiring people for a pittance maximizes profits for the companies. The US government has a definitive role and responsibility in renegotiating trade deals that put American workers and American industries at the forefront, and legislating American companies in order to disincentivize them from shipping American jobs overseas. As someone who grew up in Hong Kong and all its empty glorification of laissez faire economics, I see the same problems that have plagued the hardworking people of HK now plaguing American workers. Furthermore, the free market encourages Hollywood and the NBA and Blizzard and such to start self censoring and violating the American spirit of free speech in order to enter China's market and make Chinese money, all at the expense of democracy. They are beholden to profit, not to the United States of America. Their actions, if unchecked, eat into the American spirit from within. I cannot agree with D'Souza on his favorable stance towards free market economics, but I can agree with him on his criticism of the American Left, especially when you can already see the inklings of an oncoming Cultural Revolution in how the left is acting these days.
Overall, book was okay. Didn't like the conspiracy theories inside, some parts were incredibly biased. For example, the snippet about "mattress girl from Columbia". Just because the college administrators "looked into the matter" and cleared the accused, doesn't mean anything. They were not police, and should have handed the case off to the police. I highly doubt a random panel of college admins are actually equipped to look into matters of sexual abuse/rape. I also highly doubt that she would carry around a mattress for a year for fun. D'Souza also criticizes paid maternal/paternal leave. Why? Shouldn't we want to incentivize the American people to have children? I'm pretty sure that's an agreed upon conservative value. In bygone days, American families could sustain a middle class lifestyle quite comfortably on one parent's salary. Now that's no longer the case, and that's why we are seeing falling birth rates. Paid maternity leave would alleviate the burden on working parents. I think some of D'Souza's positions come off as quite anti-American worker/anti-middle class.
There are some good nuggets of info in the book about socialists/etc., but the potentially helpful "identity socialism" concept never got fully explained and a lot of background info went off-track so far that the author seemed to lose sight of the main point.