This book represents our endeavor to challenge the ‘Living Dead’ of Socialism from a fresh and significant standpoint. Many talented authors have sought to demonstrate the merits of a free-market economy using ‘universal’ models, cases, and arguments not tied to specific historical periods or countries. However, we firmly believe that historical context and political and legal institutions are of great importance and cannot be overlooked.
As early as 1994, Milton Friedman identified the ‘illogical’ resurgence of Dead Socialism: “What happened in Europe with the collapse of the Berlin Wall? By now, everyone agrees with two propositions: Proposition one – ‘Socialism is a failure.’ Proposition two – ‘Capitalism is a success.’ To judge from what goes on in Washington, the conclusion that has been drawn is: “Therefore, the U.S. needs more socialism.”
Our book sheds light on the well-known incentives of left-leaning politicians (advocates of ‘Big Government’ providing comprehensive care from cradle to grave) and welfare state’s bureaucrats within the realms of Economics and History. Why do they persistently advocate for higher taxation, stringent regulations (often presented as ‘anti-discriminatory’ or ‘ecological’), and more?
Ultimately, our book illustrates how the Welfare state tends to evolve into full-fledged socialism and elucidates why even ‘light socialism’ is exceedingly perilous from a long-term perspective. The book is grounded in data and numerous case studies drawn from Israel and the historical and contemporary experiences of old democracies.
Full references with clickable links and some supplemental materials the reader can be found in the
סוציאליזם חזירי. נספחים Pig Socialism. Supplemental Materials