[December 22, 2019] Yesterday was the first day of Winter, and I am finally getting around to another book that leaders might consider reading. Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner to kick off the holiday season and snow might be in the forecast. Consider today’s selection as a possible gift to someone you respect. Keeping up with my long-running theme that socialism is a failed ideology, a Libertarian politician, Rand Paul, has written a pretty good book supporting much of what I’ve been saying all along, with greater detail and superior logic. Socialism’s failure is undeniable. The famous social theorist Thomas Sowell once wrote that “Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” These arguments remain the most damaging to the ideology, yet the attractiveness of Socialism (fairness and compassion) is also hard to ignore.
The Case against Socialism, Rand Paul, 2019
Rand Paul is a Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky. He is a bit of an oddity, being of a Libertarian slant, but he has compiled a convincing, thoroughly-documented case against Socialism in his new book. This background, however, sets the stage for what he writes. It is undeniable that Rand Paul possesses a smart intellect. He thinks logically, does his homework on essential issues, and can verbalize highly complex matters. Rand Paul’s treatment of socialism is not one-sided but he takes it on with fierce studied-thoroughness.
Socialism has gained a resurgence of sorts, since the utter collapse of communism in Russia and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rand Paul points out the philosophical foundations of socialism (Karl Marx) and critiques it well. Socialism, as practiced, seems always to spin off a totalitarian regime that uses force to align its citizens with the party-state. In his book, Senator Paul sets out to critique the resurgent fashionability of socialist philosophy and, in doing so, hold it to a historical account of the 100-plus million lives that were lost as a direct result of socialism. His book is interesting and readable. I liked how he integrated firsthand accounts in this book from those who grew up in a socialist nation.
Senator Paul goes after the political left for its flirtation with socialism. Apologizing for tyrants and tin-pot dictators is a long-running pattern among Western intellectuals. Modern-day socialists will bristle with Paul’s depiction of the ideology and why today’s version of Marxism is not better than those of the past. He has proven a dominating critic of socialist thought, and his book is an earnest plea to take the threat socialism presents seriously.
Overall, an outstanding book and, of course, highly recommended.
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