"If you laid all of the (PhD) economists end to end, to tell you which way to go, they would look like the spokes of a wheel."
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This little book, Greed is Good-So is Socialism: A Unifying Manifesto, has so much common sense in it that it will either be not understood or ignored by the folks on Wall St. and inside the D.C. Beltway. But every American with any common sense should read it.
Jesse Ventura, former governor, Minnesota
In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote a 47 page pamphlet that had a great influence on the American Revolution. Its title was ‘Common Sense” and it could well have been used for Wendell Williams’ little 70 page book, “Greed is Good – So is Socialism”. Like Paine, we too are living in “times that try men’s souls”.The few are getting ever richer and the rest of us watch see our friends and neighbors becoming increasingly stressed, our environment ever more degraded. The 1% now have sufficient wealth to control both the government and the media and will continue to use it to their advantage. Williams points out that this is the inevitable result of laissez-faire, unregulated Capitalism where the foxes now guard the henhouse. However, the remedy is not the “Socialism” espoused by Cuba and North Korea but rather common sense regulation and policies like those of President Roosevelt during the Great Depression, Those policies and programs like Social Security were socialistic and they saved the United States from a violent revolution. We have to look beyond our stereotypical views of Capitalism and Socialism and do what all Americans know what needs to be done to ensure a level field of opportunity and a healthy planet for our children, neither of which is going to happen unless we acknowledge the seriousness of our problems and act accordingly. It is the will and not the means that is the deciding factor. There was no money for WW2 but we found it. How was that? In easy-to-read language Williams convincingly makes his case and makes you feel glad to have read his book.
This engaging book provides a well-structured scenario leading to an understanding of how the characteristics of capitalism and socialism can be combined to address the key socioeconomic issues troubling Americans today. These issues include but are not limited to income inequality, carbon fuel dependency and the decline of educational performance. The author skillfully analyzes the various flavors of socialism and categorizes them in a range from good to evil. He includes several impressive examples of how socialistic/capitalistic coalitions created some of the most important legislative initiatives of the last hundred years.
One of the author’s most intriguing suppositions is that the right combination of greed, empathy and necessity is a positive force toward the implementation of his creative ideas on how to move America forward. He leaves it to the reader to connect the dots relative to how these drivers can work in collaborative efforts to enact legislation that addresses our most urgent problems.
This book will be especially interesting to independent voters, open to new ideas and eager to exercise their growing electoral power in behalf a better America. A few of the author’s recommendations in Chapter 7 were obviously made with “tongue in cheek”. However, they certainly opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities.
“Greed is Good – So is Socialism” clear up confusions introduced in the words ‘socialism’ and ‘capitalism.’ So many people say ‘socialism’ when ‘communism’ is actually meant. Communism does not work because its dictators control how things are supposed to be. Anyone who has different ideas is treated as an enemy.Communism is authoritarian, not democratic.
Having a ‘social conscience’ means being concerned with the effects of programs on society. Being ‘socialist’ because of a social conscience is admirable. How has it come to mean something else?
Capitalism is good if the claim of ‘capitalist’ is really true. A company or organization that manipulates for selfish advantage is not capitalist, but authoritarian. Conscious or unconscious, by commission or by omission, a lie is a lie. Anyone can claim to be anything, but actions show reality. A saying: “Lipstick on a pig? It’s still a pig.” Lipstick-wearing pigs are everywhere, slyly, even honestly, telling us “how things are supposed to be.” A true capitalist has a social conscience, is democratic, and is not authoritarian..
Wendell Williams has seen past the lipstick with his book: “Greed is Good – So is Socialism.” Thank you Mr. Williams.
By R. Bedord