Selected Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
Deconstructing socialist thought, September 15, 2010
By Gary Wolf, author of The Kicker of St. John's Wood (New Mexico, USA)
Mr. Atbashian has given us a clear and concise primer on the fallacies of socialist thought in all of its myriad incarnations. With crushing logic, he picks apart (or, shall I say, deconstructs) the philosophical sleight-of-hand that has produced Leftist gems such as welfare dependency, affirmative action, union extortion, political correctness, and dictatorial regimes around the world.
In this sense -- exposing the normally well-hidden kernel of collectivist ideology -- Shakedown Socialism is reminiscent of Hayek's Road to Serfdom.
One particularly instructive aspect of the book is the ongoing comparison between contemporary "Progressive" practice and that of the Soviet Union. Here we benefit from Mr. Atbashian's personal experience from deep within the belly of the beast. The parallels are chilling, to say the least.
Thoughtful, well-written, witty. Highly recommended.
perfect, September 12, 2010
By Jesse Keeler
ive bought books on amazon for awhile but never felt the need to write a review before. this is not a typical anti-socialist book at all. none of the familiar rhetoric you might be expecting. while not an academic work by any means, he makes some of the most compelling arguments ive ever read.. and from an angle you seldom think about. his anti-union argument is so perfect, i will be repeating it in conversation for the rest of my life. some serious mental ammunition for arguments with any unfortunate, collectivist leaning friends you may have... even if they refuse to read it, the images (on practically every page) might catch their attention if you can get them to flip through it.
do not click off this page without buying this book.
A must-read..., September 4, 2010
Most of the immigrants from Socialist countries (like Oleg's own USSR) already have the solid arguments against turning America into a similar failure. Oleg's way of presenting them, however, makes for hilarious read.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it., September 4, 2010
By Howard Fanning "Reiuxcat" (Decatur, GA United States)
While I too, am a denizen of The Cube, my motive for writing this review is for selfish reasons. I feel it is too important to not be read by anyone who thinks for themselves.
This collection of essays that first appeared on the Pajamas Media web site last fall tells us why socialism does not work. Through the prism of a man who lived his entire life in the Soviet Union before immigrating to the United States in 1994 we are able to recognize the "hope and change" for what it is, the end of all opportunity and freedom for the people of the USA.
This collection of essays is a must have for everyone from students of history to students needing another tool in their kit when considering what they read in their history books.
Reviews of Shakedown Socialism in the Blogosphere
How to Recognize the Enemy
September 19, 2010
By Mondo Frazier
Shakedown Socialism: Exposes Socialist and Progressive Rackets
IN the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu advised to "Know thy enemy." Shakedown Socialism, People's Cube founder Oleg Atbashian's essential guide for spotting the same Progressive policies that failed in his native USSR and are being foisted on unaware Americans is the best way to follow Sun Tzu's advice in 2010.
- RECOGNIZE THE SOCIALIST/PROGRESSIVE RACKET BEFORE IT DESTROYS YOUR LIFE: READ SHAKEDOWN SOCIALISM
- HOW TO SPOT THE PERPETUAL BLOODSUCKING MACHINE THAT IS PROGRESSIVISM
Oleg Atbashian is perhaps better known as "Red Square," the founder and force behind the website The People's Cube, which Rush Limbaugh called the "Stalinist version of the Onion." Recently, Atbashian freed up enough time from his various endeavors to pen a book for anyone who is serious about recognizing the various redistributionist schemes of Socialism.
The name of the book is Shakedown Socialism. Remember it; if Big Government isn't cut off at the knees soon, readers will find the book a handy guide to what is next in store for them.
A little about Oleg Atbashian first.
Before moving to the U.S. in 1994, Atbashian lived in Ukraine where he sometimes worked as a propaganda artist for the old Soviet Union, creating agitprop posters for the local Party Committee in a small town. During that time, Oleg says he "witnessed the transition of Republics of the Soviet Union from corrupt socialism to corrupt kleptocracy."
When he arrived in the U.S., Atbashian was puzzled by the "level of delusional affection for all things Left among the 'liberal' intellectual elites who take America's exclusive well-being for granted." At that time Oleg dismissed this "delusional affection" as silly and of little consequence.
Then 9/11 happened. Oleg witnessed that day from the base of the Twin Towers. "I'm still haunted by the horror I came to be a witness of," says Atbashian. "The subsequent blame-America attitude among the intellectual trend-setters enraged me; 'liberalism' no longer seemed laughable. It was dangerous suicidal madness that had to be confronted. I took up political activism."
The book itself is an entertaining and enlightening read. Reading through the first three chapters, it's quickly apparent that Atbashian connects the failed policies of his native Russia–which he had to live through–to those same policies as advocated by Socialist, Progressives and others in the U.S. who've not had to suffer under a country governed by those same failed schemes.
In Chapter One, Lenin: "Trade Unions are the School of Communism," Atbashian demonstrates how labor unions, working through the Democratic Party, are attempting to freeze out the free movement of labor–except to those approved by union leaders. Where did SEIU's Andy Stern get his ideas? Hint: they didn't spring from his creatively fertile imagination.
Chapters Two and Three cover the topics of "Incoming: Forced Inequality and Economic Injustice" and "Unions: A Study in Collective Greed and Selfishness." Both chapters are chock full of examples connecting policies which Progressives have worked to install in the USA which were implemented in the USSR decades before.
Make that "Implemented in the USSR decades before–and failed."
Chapter Four, "Rigging the Economy in the Name of 'Justice'" was particularly good. Many readers will recognize the current Progressive buzzwords of "social justice." The chapter starts out:
The demands of forced economic equality are usually justified by the "growing gap" between the rich and the poor, and men and women, as well as various groups of minorities. Such demands are usually followed by a plan to improve on reality by aggressively tampering with market forces–which, as we already know, can only make the existing income gap worse due to the resulting poverty, economic stagnation and limited upward mobility.
Sound familiar? It should. Liberals have been using the "social justice" MO to help destroy America's competitive edge for quite some time. Every perceived inequality is a reason for MORE government intervention; the failure of the government's 'solutions' is further evidence that EVEN MORE government control of the economy is needed.
Leftist economist, Paul Krugman can be spouting a variation on this theme regularly in the pages of the New York Times. The nearly-trillion dollar Obama Stimulus utterly failed at what its Progressive backers claimed it would do? The answer is MORE STIMULUS cash! See? It's a Progressive perpetual bloodsucking machine.
Everyone gets poorer in the end–except those favored by the government doling out Stimulus dollars, such as the $800+ million for a study on African genital washing. How many people would chip in to fund such a study in the free market? Not very many–which is the reason the federal government had to take that money from taxpayers and then give it away to the study's advocates. After filtering it through a number of layers of bureaucracy, each of which took their cuts.
The entire book is like this. Readers can pick a page at random and chances are that the subject will be something that's been tried and failed in the Soviet Union–but it's being portrayed by American Progressives as a "cutting edge" program sure to work this time.
I'd be amiss if I didn't single out the Appendix for special attention.
"Obama the Pitchfork Operator: Remake of a Soviet Classic" chilled this reader with the similarity of the methods employed by Barack Obama upon taking power and those of another community organizer in the USSR: Nikolai Bulharin, in charge of industrial development in the Soviet Union during the time of Stalin.
The Appendix alone, I felt, is worth the price of the book.
My recommendation? Buy this book–while you still can. The copious graphics alone–provided by Atbashian himself–are priceless.