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The Case Against Socialism

Written by: Rand Paul
Narrated by: Kelley Paul
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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A recent poll showed 43 percent 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 20th-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.

©2019 Rand Paul (P)2019 HarperAudio

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  • 2019-11-12

Understanding socialism

As a former refugee from communist country I truly despise socialism. I don’t always have the words to explain it, but it’s instinctual. I wanted to understand why people point to Scandinavian countries as socialist models and difference between socialism and communism. The book did the job and more, especially around client change policies. I also understand a little more on first steps criminal justice reform. This is fact filled book along with many great stories. I enjoyed the book a great deal. Thank you.

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  • JeannieMac
  • 2020-02-14

MUST READ...Keep Our Free Market Economy

I was shocked and then angered over the suffering fellow humans have experienced when subjected to the effects of socialism and its ilk. I learned a lot and am ever thankful to Rand Paul and Kelly Paul for doing the research to create this enlightening book. I knew I was blessed to live in this country with all of our freedoms, but this book really nailed it!!

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  • Randy Larson
  • 2019-11-01

Facts Logic Reason

An extremely factual well written book. Should be required reading for all young Americans. Kelly does a great job narrating.

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  • Jerry Geleff
  • 2019-11-01

I stand with Rand!

A very good treatise on what socialism is, what it means vs capitalism, and why we should run away from it, screaming. Pulling no punches for those on either the "left" or the "right", Rand lays it out with no concern for anything but truth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-05

Beautiful show of history

Kelley does a great job of reading the book. The book itself is a great historical record of socialism and it’s many forms and how they have not developed into the utopian equitable society our modern left proclaims it to be. Historically accurate, modernly relevant, amazing book

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  • Keith
  • 2020-01-02

Socialism equals slavery

This book exposes how all socialist are supporters of slavery because they want to force working individuals to pay for the needs of other people who are not related to them.

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  • Charles M. Williamson
  • 2019-12-31

My favorite book of 2019

For this generation of liberty minded folks, this is fantastic. Much easier to wrap your head around than Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises or F. A. Hayek. That's not to say once you finish this, you shouldn't pick up any book from those 3 great thinkers.

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  • Jimma
  • 2019-10-27

Threat of socialism updated to 2019

I had expectations based on Rand Paul’s politics. The book did not disappoint. A rational lucid discussion of socialism from a factual basis is much needed for today’s emotion-driven youth. This is a great book to start with. Send a copy to AOC and her minions.

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  • JohanAE
  • 2019-10-24

Amazing Book!

I'm a millennial - I think every millennial should listen to or read this book!

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  • 2020-04-02

compelling case cheapened by partisan quips

A compelling case against and historical review of socialism that is cheapened by petty attacks and partisan quips towards political rivals