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Having grown up in the communist Soviet Union, I have read dozens upon dozens of books on socialism, politics and economics. Both from the pro-socialist, anti-socialist and neutral perspectives; both fiction and non fiction, both in Russian and in English.
I have NEVER read a book that is more gripping, better-reasoned, better backed by facts and more inspiring than this one. It's such an easy entertaining read as well, I couldn't put it down!
I loved this book so much that I bought it both in kindle AND in audible, both are excellent.
Many excellent points are made, and IMHO the vast majority is true. I just want to elaborate a bit on the comment the author made about health care in Australia. It is paid for by a levy on all Australians and is meant to be a safety net so people can get the medical care they require. It is not meant to be a 'Rolls Royce' scheme. If your life is not in danger you can wait quite a while for treatment, even if you are in pain etc. Many such as me think the waiting lists are a bit too long, but it was never designed to be like private insurance where you get nearly immediate care. I will give an example. I recently broke my Distal Femur. I have private health insurance and was operated on the same day. If I used the public system I was told I would have had to wait 3 days in a good deal of discomfort - but my life was not in danger. Australia is a democratic country and Australians, by and large, are happy with it. Of course those that do not take out private health insurance always complain they want better care, most realise to provide 'Rolls Royce' care to everyone would require a levey much more than the majority are willing to pay. It's simply, via the democratic system, what society considers a safety net. Everyone agrees we need a safety net - but the level of that safety net is what people democratically decide.
Dinesh D’Souza writes in a style that is refreshingly free from drama and histrionics. That doesn’t mean it’s dry and boring, just not inflammatory and full of unsubstantiated innuendo. He states his agenda is to “make the moral argument against identity socialism and make the moral argument for free market capitalism...debunk the socialist dream and affirm the American dream.”
D’Souza goes in a loose, chronological order to review the failed attempts at Socialism thus far in the world. Russia was the most obvious but I found his information on Hitler and the Nazi impact on Germany to be interesting as well as his personal tho’ts about India.
India falls into the positive side , as well, as it’s now a free market country. China, altho’ government controlled, is in this arena also. These massive successes are hard to ignore against a list of approximately 25 countries with failed attempts at Socialism. Dinesh points out the pitfalls in America, such as F. D. R.’s Social Security plan.
Towards the end of the book, D’Souza takes look at the media and how it has evolved over the last 15+ years. He gives 2 examples, one involving our current president and one involving Obama. They are very similar types of events with extremely different representations. He doesn’t just let it hang there but dives into the details and I found it most enlightening and sad.
D’Souza is no doubt a capitalist and near the end of the book offers an encouragement: “...we need a new generation of leaders who can assimilate the things that Trump does so effectively, fearlessly and gleefully. Trump has made it fun to beat the hell out of leftist and socialist and even when Trump is gone, we must continue to enjoy the Trumpian experience of being a butt-kicking Republican, Christian, right-wing, American capitalist.”
Well written, professionally published, sure to anger many and educate & motivate others; above all, “United States of Socialism” deserves to be read📚
I just bought this book and read few pages. Seems very well researched. Obviously it is somehow partisan. What I do not understand, though, is why Amazon lets people that did not buy and read a political book write reviews. Get smart!
Great summary and analysis of what the Left has become. Relevant, well informed. Of course, AOC fans won’t like it but who cares? If you want to know about the perils of the radical identity left, you need that book!
Dinesh D’Souza tells us what many do not want us to know. His insight regarding former president Obama (that got him jailed) was spot on! His telling of "Hillary's America" was another bullseye. Now this book, which I haven't finished reading just yet is eye-opening! Some of what Dinesh tells us I had suspected. Some I didnt know at all and has given me new insight. I await what Dinesh D’Souza brings next.