Socialism was supposed to be dead, or at least dying, when the Union of Soviet Socialist countries fell apart in 1991. Yet just last year, in February 2009, the cover of Newsweek boldly proclaimed, “We’re All Socialists Now.” That isn't true, of course. That was merely what the Socialists and liberals hoped. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 43% of 18- to 29-year-olds, had a positive reaction to the word Socialism.
Perhaps the reason for this is the infiltration of “social justice” teaching into our schools. Whatever the reason, these young people had a positive reaction to the word “socialism.”
This pocket-sized book called 10 Truths About Socialism and published by Coral Ridge Ministries, explains why socialism has failed every time it has been tried, from the Christian Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620 to today’s Venezuela under Hugo Chavez. Early chapters of this little book concisely explain how the philosophies of Rousseau, Marx and others paved the way for both the Nazi and Communist versions of Socialism that are responsible for the deaths of more than 100 million people in the 20th century. The authors demonstrate how socialism’s insistence on the primacy of the state over individuals and families and churches is at odds with man’s very nature. As the Jamestown and Plymouth Rock colonial settlers back in the 1600s each learned and recorded for history, people work much harder when they get to keep the fruit of their labors, and they resent providing for those who refuse to work.
If you know one of these young people who have been misled by social justice, give him a copy of this little book called 10 Truths About Socialism by Robert Knight.
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