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Socialism: A Very Short Indoctrination
on 1 September 2015
The title of this book is somewhat misleading as the author clearly has an agenda, the agenda being to defend and promote the tenets of socialism. Now, the author's intentions are generously set out at the outset but this does not detract from the fact that some of his later rhetoric is hard to stomach (let alone fathom). A couple of choice examples occur towards the end, when Michael becomes manic in his persuasion:
"...poverty should be measured in relation to the wealth of contemporary society, rather than by historical standards." - p. 139
"Many believe that there was once a greater sense of shared values and think that crime, drugs, violence, and the constant breakdown of relationships have something to do with the excessive individualism of contemporary life. Yet this can also be a theme of the political Right, which calls for the restoration of traditional values. At its worst, this can be coupled with racism and xenophobia, with the argument that social breakdown and the loss of the old sense of community have been caused by migrants or asylum seekers." - p. 143
I wanted an overview, not a glorified pamphlet.