A recent poll showed 43% of Americans think more socialism would be a good thing. What do these people not know?
Socialism has killed millions, but it’s now the ideology du jour on American college campuses and among many leftists. Reintroduced by leaders such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ideology manifests itself in starry-eyed calls for free-spending policies like Medicare-for-all and student loan forgiveness.
In The Case Against Socialism, Rand Paul outlines the history of socialism, from Stalin’s gulags to the current famine in Venezuela. He tackles common misconceptions about the “utopia” of socialist Europe. As it turns out, Scandinavian countries love capitalism as much as Americans, and have, for decades, been cutting back on the things Bernie loves the most.
Socialism’s return is only possible because many Americans have forgotten the true dangers of the twentieth-century’s deadliest ideology. Paul reveals the devastating truth: for every college student sporting a Che Guevara T-shirt, there’s a Venezuelan child dying of starvation. Desperate refugees flee communist Cuba to escape oppressive censorship, rationed food and squalid hospitals, not “free” healthcare. Socialist dictatorships like the People’s Republic of China crush freedom of speech and run massive surveillance states while masquerading as enlightened modern nations. Far from providing economic freedom, socialist governments enslave their citizens. They offer illusory promises of safety and equality while restricting personal liberty, tightening state power, sapping human enterprise and making citizens dependent on the dole.
If socialism takes hold in America, it will imperil the fate of the world’s freest nation, unleashing a plague of oppressive government control. The Case Against Socialism is a timely response to that threat and a call to action against the forces menacing American liberty.
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About the Author
U.S. Senator Rand Paul, M.D., is one of the nation’s leading advocates for liberty. Elected to the United States Senate in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility.
Kelley Ashby Paul serves as Kentucky co-chair of Helping A Hero, a wounded veterans charity that has built over 100 fully adapted homes for soldiers who have suffered severe injuries. Kelley also serves on the board for the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan organization dedicated to criminal justice reform.
Rand and Kelley have been married since 1990 and are the parents of three sons.
Table of Contents
Part I Because Eating Your Pets Is Overrated-Socialism Creates Poverty
Chapter 1 Socialism Destroyed Venezuela's Once-Vibrant Economy 9
Chapter 2 Socialism Rewards Corruption 17
Chapter 3 Interfering with Free Markets Causes Shortages 23
Chapter 4 Capitalism Is the More Moral System 29
Chapter 5 Capitalism Benefits the Middle Class 34
Chapter 6 Income Inequality Does Not Ruin the Economy or Corrupt Government 41
Chapter 7 Under Capitalism, the 1 Percent Is Always Changing 47
Chapter 8 The Poor Are Better Off Under Capitalism 51
Part II Capitalism Makes Scandinavia Great
Chapter 9 Bernie's Socialism Also Includes Praise for Dictators 63
Chapter 10 Today's American Socialists Don't Know What Socialism Means 69
Chapter 11 Bernie Sanders Is Too Liberal to Get Elected in Denmark 76
Chapter 12 No, Bernie, Scandinavia Is Not Socialist 79
Chapter 13 Sweden's Riches Actually Came from Capitalism 84
Chapter 14 The Nordic Model Is Welfarism, Not Socialism 93
Chapter 15 Sweden Is Shrinking Taxes and Welfare 104
Chapter 16 Welfarism Requires High Middle-Class Taxes 110
Chapter 17 American Scandinavians Have It Better Here Than in Scandinavia 117
Chapter 18 Swedish College Is Free, but It's Not Cheap or Universal 124
Part III A Boot Stamping on the Human Face Forever-Socialism and Authoritarianism
Chapter 19 Socialism Becomes Authoritarianism 129
Chapter 20 Hitler Was a Socialist 139
Chapter 21 The Nazis Hated Capitalism 147
Chapter 22 The Nazis Didn't Believe in Private Property 150
Chapter 23 Socialism Encourages Eugenics 156
Chapter 24 Your Degree of Enthusiasm for Socialism May Decide Whether You Live or Die 161
Part IV Socialism Doesn't Create Equality
Chapter 25 Socialism Promises Equality and Leads to Tyranny 169
Chapter 26 All Aspects of Culture Eventually Become Targets for the Planners 178
Chapter 27 If No One Has to Work, No One Will 190
Chapter 28 The Cure for Failed Socialism Is Always More Socialism 194
Chapter 29 Poetry Can Be Dangerous Under Socialism 203
Chapter 30 It's Not Socialism Without Purges 212
Part V Where Are These Angels? The Philosophy of Socialism
Chapter 31 Socialism Expects Selfless Rulers and Citizens 219
Chapter 32 Progress Comes from Rebels and Dreamers 227
Chapter 33 Freedom Is Not the Inevitable Outcome of History and Must Be Protected 236
Part VI Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Socialism and Alarmism
Chapter 34 Socialism Leads to Cronyism 247
Chapter 35 If Socialists Can't Find a Crisis, They Will Create One 251
Chapter 36 Socialism and Climate Change Alarmism Go Together 258
Chapter 37 Socialist Green New Deal Allows for No Dissent 266
Chapter 38 Fake News and Propaganda on the Rise in America 279
Chapter 39 Welcome to the Panopticon: FaceCrime, PreCrime, and the Surveillance State 286
Afterword: Finding Common Ground 298