The Socialist Temptation by Iain Murray audiobook

The Socialist Temptation

By Iain Murray
Read by James Langton

Brilliance Audio 9781684510603

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781713550723

  • ISBN: 9781713550723

Runtime: 6.24 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Socialism is tempting, seductive, alluring. It comes in many forms and speaks in many different ways. It appeals to people who value fairness, who value freedom, and who value security. It comes in many varieties, sometimes clothing itself in the dress of nationalism, sometimes in the garb of environmentalism. Yet there is one single, unifying feature – subjugation of the individual to the collective. While Americans have always been skeptical of socialism, even in the progressive and New Deal eras, that is beginning to change. Large numbers of Americans now express admiration for socialism, and similar numbers are critical of the free enterprise system. The problem is particularly acute among America’s young people. This is not the first time we have been here. In 1977, when America was deep in an economic malaise, Ronald Reagan gave a speech in which he wondered, “Whatever happened to free enterprise?” Noting that the free enterprise system “for 200 years made us the light of the world,” he warned that freedom is “never more than one generation away from extinction.” He took the lead in preserving it for the previous generation. It is time for this generation to take up the torch. Reagan framed the defense of freedom as first and foremost a communications challenge. Today, a field of study known as cultural cognition theory understands that our political choices are guided by certain values. Americans generally fall into one of three value groups, valuing fairness (egalitarians), freedom (libertarians), and security (conservatives) respectively. The Socialist Temptation is an attempt to meet the modern version of the communications challenge posed by Ronald Reagan. There are reasons why socialism appeals to each of these value groups. The Socialist Temptation tackles these reasons head on and responds with a vigorous case for free enterprise as better matching American values.

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Author Bio: Iain Murray

Author Bio: Iain Murray

Iain Murray is the director of projects and analysis at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) where he is also a senior fellow in energy, science, and technology. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Oxford, an MBA from University of London, and a diploma from the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 6.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English