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New Book: Socialism Sucks by Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
12/02/19 at 20:34:35
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Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through The Unfree World by Robert Lawson and  Benjamin Powell

Dr. Robert Lawson is a Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University and Dr. Benjamin Powell is a Professor of Business at Texas Tech University..

From the Fly Leaf:

“Do we have to say it again? Socialism Sucks! Apparently we do . Because today millions of Americans – young and old – are flocking to to the socialist banner and chanting, What do we want? Socialism – the economic system that has impoverished people everywhere and resulted in the deaths of tens of millions! And when do we want it? Now!”

“Luckily, two semi-sober economists have toured the socialist world so you don't have to. And they've come back with this stunning report: Socialism Sucks!

The first thing I learned from this book is that Sweden is NOT a socialist nation! Wait! What? (Sweden is capitalism with a big welfare state..)

This is a terrific book that every American should read.  Along the way, you'll learn:

How socialist Venezuela went from being the toast of liberals everywhere – Viva Venezuela – to being just toast.
Why you never see new cars in Cuba
Why no one forgets to turn off the lights in North Korea (hint: there aren't any)
How hard it is to find good beer – or sometimes any beer at all – in socialist countries

Here is a partial list of chapter titles (which also shows part of the authors' itinerary):

Introduction: Not Socialism: Sweden
Chapter 1: Starving Socialism: Venezuela
Chapter 2: Subsistence Socialism: Cuba
Chapter 3: Dark Socialism: North Korea
Chapter 4: Fake Socialism: China
Chapter 5: Hungover Socialism: Russia & Ukraine
Chapter 6: New Capitalism: Georgia (formerly part of the Soviet Union)

I'll complete my review with the final paragraph of the authors' conclusion chapter:

“Both economic theory and empirical evidence suggest that countries that embrace markets to a greater extent and eschew socialist policies to a greater extent enable humans to live wealthier, longer, better, and more fulfilling lives. After trotting around the globe to visit many of the countries that are on or have been on the spectrum nearest to pure socialism, we can confidently attest that socialism just plain sucks”
  

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Re: New Book: Socialism Sucks by Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
Reply #1 - 12/02/19 at 20:44:26
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My friend, I am happy you enjoyed the book.

On the other hand ... for this grumpy old man ... I do not need a book from some phd's to tell me what I already know.  Methinks the real reason for this book is that in acadamia the phrase ... "Publish or Perish" is still alive and well ... not to mention that they get paid royalties for a book written while on the job.

I hope I didn't rain on your parade … it's just that some of these kinds of books are starting to pi$$ me off.
  

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Nox wrote on 12/02/19 at 20:44:26:
My friend, I am happy you enjoyed the book.

On the other hand ... for this grumpy old man ... I do not need a book from some phd's to tell me what I already know.  Methinks the real reason for this book is that in acadamia the phrase ... "Publish or Perish" is still alive and well ... not to mention that they get paid royalties for a book written while on the job.

I hope I didn't rain on your parade … it's just that some of these kinds of books are starting to pi$$ me off.

If I had had even an inkling that this book was as you suggested, I certainly wouldn't have purchased it, much less have read it.

This is exactly the kind of book that every American should read to get educated about the real dangers of socialism. If you are already aware of those dangers, more power to you, but I still think that everyone should read it, including you, especially.

BTW, you certainly sound like a grumpy old man to this 87-year-old man.
  

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Re: New Book: Socialism Sucks by Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
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This book should be de-rigueur for all High School students.
  
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Reply #4 - 12/02/19 at 21:41:27
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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and this picture certainly shows the difference between capitalism (S. Korea) and Socialism (N. Korea):

  

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Re: New Book: Socialism Sucks by Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
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My wife's nephew is an economics professor in a small college in southeastern US. Several years ago he took a group of his students to Cuba.
One of the striking things he brought back was that, while the people lived in slum-like government-supplied apartments, they drove immaculate old American cars from the 1950s and 1960s.

Why are those old cars still in immaculate condition? It's because they OWN those old cars, but not their residences.

I often thought about that while I was reading this book.
  

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Naturalized-Texan wrote on 12/02/19 at 21:04:31:
BTW, you certainly sound like a grumpy old man to this 87-year-old man.


I think we need to have a good old fashioned … 'grump in'. Wink
  

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Re: New Book: Socialism Sucks by Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
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Naturalized-Texan wrote on 12/02/19 at 22:09:06:
My wife's nephew is an economics professor in a small college in southeastern US. Several years ago he took a group of his students to Cuba.
One of the striking things he brought back was that, while the people lived in slum-like government-supplied apartments, they drove immaculate old American cars from the 1950s and 1960s.

Why are those old cars still in immaculate condition? It's because they OWN those old cars, but not their residences.

I often thought about that while I was reading this book.


I heard an interview with the authors when the book first came out.  I don't remember on which talk show.  Sounds well researched and very interesting.

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newt2008 wrote on 12/03/19 at 08:43:35:
I heard an interview with the authors when the book first came out.  I don't remember on which talk show.  Sounds well researched and very interesting.

Ms. Borelli

Yes, Mark Levin interviewed those two free-market professors a month or so back. I've had the book on my to-buy list ever since. It's one of the best non-fiction books I have read  in a long time.

I'm beginning to think that NOX is a Bernie/AOC troll. I hadn't run across NOX until this thread.
  

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Naturalized-Texan wrote on 12/03/19 at 09:46:56:
Yes, Mark Levin interviewed those two free-market professors a month or so back. I've had the book on my to-buy list ever since. It's one of the best non-fiction books I have read  in a long time.

I'm beginning to think that NOX is a Bernie/AOC troll. I hadn't run across NOX until this thread.


Sorry you feel that way.
  

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