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Posted: 7/11/2010 6:22:32 AM EDT
Can someone recommend one or two? Back during the cold war Reader's Digest would occasionally have a story about how screwed up the USSR was because of communism. I enjoyed reading about how messed up their system was. They were so screwed up it was comical.
Link Posted: 7/11/2010 6:54:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tnwalker10:
Can someone recommend one or two? Back during the cold war Reader's Digest would occasionally have a story about how screwed up the USSR was because of communism. I enjoyed reading about how messed up their system was. They were so screwed up it was comical.


You mean unlike how screwed up we're getting to be?


Try the Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, We the Living, Ayn Rand.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 7:25:17 AM EDT
Thank you, Alvinyork.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 7:41:02 AM EDT
try The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, lots of good info on socialism, marxisim, facism etc and the pitfalls of them.

J-
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 7:55:49 AM EDT
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 8:33:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By tnwalker10:
Thank you, Alvinyork.


Link Posted: 7/13/2010 8:37:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jjc155:
try The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, lots of good info on socialism, marxisim, facism etc and the pitfalls of them.

J-


Good book, heavy reading though, this is one book if the Thought Police ever take hold here in the US that is sure to win you a place in the nearest reeducation camp.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 8:47:37 AM EDT


Originally Posted By AlvinYork:
Originally Posted By jjc155:
try The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, lots of good info on socialism, marxisim, facism etc and the pitfalls of them.

J-


Good book, heavy reading though, this is one book if the Thought Police ever take hold here in the US that is sure to win you a place in the nearest reeducation camp.


this is one of the only books that I have read, including stuff while in college, that I have to have no distractions, no tv, no wife talking etc. But on the same line it is one of the most educational reads I have ever read.

J-

Link Posted: 7/21/2010 12:45:19 PM EDT
Planning on picking up a copy. Thanks for the recommendation.
Link Posted: 8/16/2010 7:00:53 PM EDT
+1 on The Black Book of Communism

It gives you a detailed history of every Communist regime––-USSR and China of course but also the little ones like Cambodia,Yugoslavia,Cuba etc.
Link Posted: 8/16/2010 7:03:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/16/2010 7:03:59 PM EDT by Python00]
Communism does look good on paper, let me save you some time
It does not work because their is always someone who wants power or wants more than others and will do anything anyone to get it.
Link Posted: 8/17/2010 8:37:36 AM EDT
Read the Marx manifesto. It won't bite you.
Link Posted: 8/18/2010 5:46:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2010 5:46:48 AM EDT by wtturn]
Originally Posted By Skunkeye:
Animal Farm by George Orwell


This. This. and This.

Also, Anthem by Ayn Rand
Link Posted: 8/18/2010 9:16:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By wtturn:
Originally Posted By Skunkeye:
Animal Farm by George Orwell


This. This. and This.

Also, Anthem by Ayn Rand


Yep Animal Farm makes it very clear from the inception to the demise.

Anthem is also very good and if you are an average reader will only take about 2 hours to read.

J-

Link Posted: 8/18/2010 10:31:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Python00:
Communism does look good on paper, let me save you some time
It does not work because their is always someone who wants power or wants more than others and will do anything anyone to get it.


And it does not work because it depends on everyone pulling their own weight for the common goal/good. In any society there are too many willing to lay down and let some one else carry the load.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:25:15 PM EDT
Read Tower of Secrets by Victor Sheymov. Sheymov worked for the KGB before he defected to the west. In his book, he makes one comment why communist inevitably fails. It's rather simplistic but goes straight to human nature. In a nutshell, a man will always work harder to provide for his own family before he does that of his neighbor. The Soviets could not stamp out that aspect of human nature.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:35:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jjc155:
try The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, lots of good info on socialism, marxisim, facism etc and the pitfalls of them.

J-

+1 Man was THE genius when it comes to the pitfalls of govt. planning and its relationship to totalitarianism.
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 10:08:15 AM EDT
A History of Economic Thought and Method by Robert Ekelund.

It is an economics textbook written for econ majors but is readable by anyone who was paying attention during their principles class

http://www.amazon.com/History-Economic-Theory-Method/dp/1577663810
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 1:07:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2010 1:10:02 PM EDT by AlvinYork]
Originally Posted By 4v50:
Read Tower of Secrets by Victor Sheymov. Sheymov worked for the KGB before he defected to the west. In his book, he makes one comment why communist inevitably fails. It's rather simplistic but goes straight to human nature. In a nutshell, a man will always work harder to provide for his own family before he does that of his neighbor. The Soviets could not stamp out that aspect of human nature.


Starvation of one's self and of one's family is a great impetus to get off one's backside and work. Socialism takes away that responsibility and therefore is destined to fail. And yet there are those who feel responsible to push it off as a panacea.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:44:16 PM EDT
"Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell.... one of the best nonfiction books I have read.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 4:55:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 4:56:03 AM EDT by Evilaviator]
Originally Posted By aplomado:
"Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell.... one of the best nonfiction books I have read.


Obamanomics...don't know if this book has been publish yet though?
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 8:41:38 AM EDT
Basic Communism by Clarence Carson.

Thoroughly researched and straightforward book that shows communism isn't so much an economic system as it is a system for concentrating total power in the hands of a few ruling elites.

The masses are miserable, but those at the top live the good life.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 5:50:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jjc155:
try The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, lots of good info on socialism, marxisim, facism etc and the pitfalls of them.

J-


Originally Posted By aplomado:
"Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell.... one of the best nonfiction books I have read.


I stopped in to recommend these two. Both heavy, both well worth your time.
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