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Socialism USA

Socialism USA

A Plea for a Soft Variant

by Phillip J Bryson

About The Book

Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant, was written by one who rather dreads the coming socialist economy in the United States. It reviews the results of "hard" socialism in countries that have become totalitarian dictatorships, depriving their citizens of human rights and producing an equality of poverty. Of the two elements of genuine, Marxist-Leninist ("hard") socialism, it is the state's attempt to own and micro-manage every firm and corporation in the economy that brings disaster. Nationalization of industry is more than a state bureaucracy can handle for an entire economy; it leads to great efforts to force control on the system and the citizens.  The second element of socialism is the redistribution of income and social welfare policies.  If only this element comes into play, socialism can become "soft" as in Sweden and the Scandinavian countries, and need not be dictatorial and authoritarian. Technically, that system is still capitalism (no state ownership of the means of production), but it is with redistribution of income. Happily, it is achievable and meets socialistic objectives and preferences. Please, young and also seasoned socialists, let us have soft socialism and be as free as the Scandinavians with an economy that works.

Publication date December 02,2021
Language English
ISBN (Paperback)
978-1-63871-770-6 (E-BOOK)
Genre Business/Economics, Social Sciences
Pages 276
Interior Color Black and White
Book Size 6.000" x 9.000" (229mm x 152mm)

About The Author

Phillip J. Bryson was living in Berlin when the East German communist dictatorship built a wall there, dividing the city. When he returned to the states, he studied economics to learn why a nation would have to build a wall to keep its citizens from fleeing. After receiving a PhD in Economics from The Ohio State University, he taught at the University of Arizona and Brigham Young University more than forty years before his retirement.

During his entire career he conducted research and published articles in scholarly journals on various aspects of the economic system of socialism. His early publications were mostly on the East German and Soviet economies. On several occasions he lived and worked in West Berlin and East Berlin (Karlshorst), Munich, Marburg, Duisburg, Vienna, London and Moscow. He was attending a conference in the Reichstag in West Berlin when it was announced that the Wall was open, so he experienced the beginning (August, 1961) and the end of the Wall (November, 1989).

In retirement, Professor Bryson decided to write about the nature of the socialist economic system for the general public. He had devoted his entire career to writing about the socialist system and he was concerned with the open statement of President Obama that his objective was to “transform” the American system. Bryson’s recent books have been motivated by his concern about the fiscal, social and political implications of Obama administration policies and the growing number of Americans who either acknowledge their socialist preferences openly or who continue actively as stealth socialists.


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