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  1. 3.9 hrs • 7/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor and senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, deconstructs the retrograde ideology that has suddenly become disturbingly hip in The Problem with Socialism.

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    The Problem with Socialism

    3.9 hrs • 7/18/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.6 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humor in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition. It is, of course, an essential introduction to the thoughts and theories of Karl Marx and his collaborator and editor Friedrich Engels and therefore to the development of communism. This brief but iconoclastic work, essentially a pamphlet, covers the history of the bourgeoisie, aspects of ‘class struggle’ with descriptions and analyses of numerous workers’ parties and movements up to the 1840s. It predicts and elaborates upon the defeat of capitalism and communism’s ultimate global victory. Written over 150 years ago it pulsates with energy, insight and contemporary relevance, ending with the rallying cry, ‘Workers of the World Unite.’

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    The Communist Manifesto

    1.6 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.9 hrs • 4/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The Life and Teaching of Karl Marx was written to commemorate the centenary of Karl Marx’s birth by Max Beer, an Austrian historian of the socialist and Marxist movements. It is a clear, detailed, and highly accessible work, a definitive biography, full of interesting personal details and a clear and comprehensive account of Marx’s economic and historical doctrines. The first half comprises a biography, full of fascinating quotations and insightful observations, while the second analyses many aspects of Marx’s historical and economic teachings, with useful exemples. Furthermore, Beer gives a comprehensive description of Hegel’s dialectical method, vital to an understanding of Marxism, and explores Marx’s attitudes to the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ and Bolshevism in action.

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    The Life and Teaching of Karl Marx

    Translated by T. C. Partington and H. J. Stenning
    Read by Greg Wagland
    4.9 hrs • 4/24/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 41.2 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigations The testimony that Eric Bentley has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC’s treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly dramatic and compelling collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a “dignified” manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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    Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley, various authors

    Thirty Years of Treason

    Selected and edited by Eric Bentley
    Excerpts by various authors
    Read by a full cast
    41.2 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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    7.2 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    At the end of WWI, Canada was on the brink of revolution. At least, that is what many Canadians, inspired by the Russian Revolution, hoped and others dreaded. Seeing Reds tells the story of this turbulent period in Canadian history, when a fearful government led by Prime Minister Robert Borden tried to suppress radical political activity by branding legitimate labor leaders as “Bolsheviks” and “Reds.” Canada was in the grip of a widespread red scare promoted by the government and the media in order to discredit radical ideas and to rally public support behind mainstream political and economic policies. The story builds toward the events of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 when the authorities, believing that the expected revolution had begun, sent soldiers into the streets to put down with force a legitimate labor dispute.

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    Seeing Reds

    7.2 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 15.5 hrs • 11/14/2014 • Audio Theater

    A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigations The testimony that the author has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC’s treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly readable and absorbing collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a “dignified” manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 3 by Eric Bentley

    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 3

    Selected and edited by Eric Bentley
    Directed by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Performed by a full cast
    15.5 hrs • 11/14/14 • Audio Theater
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  7. 1.9 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In Political Ideas, Bertrand Russell sets forth the idea that political ideals must be based upon the ideals that best benefit the individual to create the best life possible. He details the issues that his current economic system and the unequal distribution of wealth present in achieving said ideals. He puts forth his beliefs on what the purposes of an economic system should be, including production and security. He criticizes monopolies and all the damage that they have done. Russell then moves toward a critique of socialism and the connection between the distribution of power and the distribution of wealth. From there, he discusses individual liberty and public control and then expands to national independence and internationalism. He finishes with his belief that men must improve their feelings toward each other and mankind as a whole in order to fix the larger problems at hand.

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    Political Ideals

    1.9 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 12.2 hrs • 7/29/2014 • Audio Theater

    A chilling reenactment of the Federal government’s anti-Communist investigations Eric Bentley has chosen highlights from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee to demonstrate HUAC’s focus on artists, intellectuals, and performers. Volume 2: 1951–1952 includes the testimonies of Clifford Odets, Edward G. Robinson, Elia Kazan, Jose Ferrer, Bud Schulberg, Sterling Hayden, Abe Burroughs, Lillian Hellman, and many others. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 2 by Eric Bentley

    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 2

    Selected and edited by Eric Bentley
    12.2 hrs • 7/29/14 • Audio Theater
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  9. 13.3 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Audio Theater

    A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigations Eric Bentley has chosen highlights from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee to demonstrate HUAC’s focus on artists, intellectuals, and performers. Volume 1: 1938–1948 includes the testimonies of Hallie Flanagan, Ayn Rand, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Bertolt Brecht and many others. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 1 by Eric Bentley

    Thirty Years of Treason, Vol. 1

    Selected and edited by Eric Bentley
    Directed by Gabrielle de Cuir
    13.3 hrs • 5/6/14 • Audio Theater
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  10. 4.3 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Edited by Samuel H. Beer, with key selections from Capital and The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, this audiobook features an especially helpful introduction that serves as a guide to Marxist political and economic theory and to placing the specific writings in their contemporary setting. 

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    The Communist Manifesto

    4.3 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.3 hrs • 8/13/2013 • Unabridged

    Completed in April 1918, “in the last days before a period of imprisonment,” Proposed Roads to Freedom contains Bertrand Russell’s astute political commentary on anarchism, socialism, and syndicalism. Russell begins with a historical overview of socialism and anarchism, the teachings and organizations of Marx and Bakunin, and the syndicalist revolt against socialism. He then turns to more pressing problems of the future, and how these movements could contribute to reconstruction after the war. Although he has criticism for each movement, Russell respected what they attempted to achieve. “What is new in Socialism and Anarchism is that close relations of the ideal to the present sufferings of men, which has enabled powerful political movements to grow out of the hopes of solitary thinkers. It is this that makes Socialism and Anarchism important, and it is this that makes them dangerous to those who batten, consciously or unconsciously, upon the evils of our present order of society.”

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    Proposed Roads to Freedom

    5.3 hrs • 8/13/13 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.1 hrs • 12/20/2012 • Unabridged

    First published as a pamphlet in June 1850, The Law is already well over 150 years old, and it will still be read when another century has passed. America now faces the same situation France did in 1848 and the same socialist-communist plans and ideas adopted there are now sweeping America—the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe notwithstanding. Bastiat’s explanation of and arguments against socialism are as valid today as they were when written, and his ideas deserve serious consideration. “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”—Frédéric Bastiat

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    The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

    The Law

    Translated by Dean Russell
    2.1 hrs • 12/20/12 • Unabridged
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    24.1 hrs • 8/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies. With this monumental work, Mises laid the foundations for free society. Socialism has influenced scores of influential thinkers, including Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman. It is read over and over again today, all over the world, inspiring throngs of new defenders of freedom.

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    Socialism by Ludwig von Mises

    Socialism

    Foreword by Friedrich A. Hayek
    24.1 hrs • 8/20/12 • Unabridged
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  14. 11.3 hrs • 8/20/2012 • Unabridged

    In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now the truth is out: never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president. Although other radical influences on Obama—from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers—have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but as a “father” figure. While the Left has willingly dismissed Davis (with good reason), here are the indisputable, eye-opening facts: Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro–Red China communist. His Communist Party USA card number, revealed in FBI files, was CP number 47544. He was a prototype of the loyal Soviet patriot, so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index. In the early 1950s, Davis opposed US attempts to slow Stalin and Mao. He favored Red Army takeovers of Central and Eastern Europe and communist control in Korea and Vietnam. Dutifully serving the cause, he edited and wrote for communist newspapers in both Chicago and Honolulu, courting contributors who were Soviet agents. In the 1970s, amid this dangerous political theater, Frank Marshall Davis came into Barack Obama’s life. Aided by access to explosive declassified FBI files, Soviet archives, and Davis’ original newspaper columns, Paul Kengor explores how Obama sought out Davis and how Davis found in Obama an impressionable young man, one susceptible to Davis’ worldview that opposed American policy and traditional values while praising communist regimes. Kengor sees remnants of this worldview in Obama’s early life and even, ultimately, his presidency. Kengor charts with definitive accuracy the progression of Davis’ communist ideas from Chicago to Hawaii. He explores how certain elements of the Obama administration’s agenda reflect Davis’ columns advocating wealth redistribution, government stimulus for “public works projects,” taxpayer-funded universal health care, and nationalizing General Motors. Davis’ writings excoriated the “tentacles of big business,” blasted Wall Street and “greedy” millionaires, lambasted GOP tax cuts that “spare the rich,” attacked “excess profits” and oil companies, and perceived the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state—all the while echoing Davis’ often repeated mantra for transformational and fundamental “change.” And yet, The Communist is not unsympathetic to Davis, revealing him as something of a victim—an African American who suffered devastating racial persecution in the Jim Crow era, steering this justly angered young man on a misguided political track. That Davis supported violent and heartless communist regimes over his own country is impossible to defend. That he was a source of inspiration to President Barack Obama is impossible to ignore. Is Obama working to fulfill the dreams of Frank Marshall Davis? That question has been impossible to answer, since Davis’ writings and relationship with Obama have either been deliberately obscured or dismissed as irrelevant. With Kengor’s The Communist, Americans can finally weigh the evidence and decide for themselves.

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    The Communist

    11.3 hrs • 8/20/12 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.3 hrs • 8/7/2012 • Unabridged

    This game-changing book reveals the blueprint for a second term that President Obama and his progressive backers don’t want you to know. Months of painstaking research into thousands of documents have enabled investigative journalists and New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott to expose the secret template for Obama’s next four years—the one actually created by Obama’s own top advisors and strategists. All the main areas of domestic policy are covered—jobs, wages, health care, immigration overhaul, electoral “reform,” national energy policy. Each of the plans exposed seeks to permanently remake America into a government-dominated socialist state. A few of the schemes unveiled herein include Detailed plans to enact single-payer health care legislation controlled by the federal government regardless of any Supreme Court decision to overturn Obamacare; Further gutting of the US military while using the savings for a new “green” stimulus program and the founding of a federal “green” bank to fund so-called environmentally friendly projects; The vastly reduced resources of the US Armed Forces will be spread even thinner by using them to combat global warming and global poverty and bolster the United Nations; An expansive new amnesty program for illegal aliens linked with a reduction in the capabilities of the US Border Patrol and plans to bring in untold numbers of new immigrants with the removal of caps on H-1B visas and green cards. While many have general concerns about Obama’s second-term ambitions, Fool Me Twice lays bare the devastating details of a second Obama presidency. If he wins reelection in 2012, the America of equal opportunity for all, constitutionally limited government, economic freedom, and personal liberty will be but a distant memory.

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    Fool Me Twice by Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott

    Fool Me Twice

    7.3 hrs • 8/7/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In this dramatic meditation on the life of Ronald Reagan, historian Paul Kengor presents an account of the fortieth president that has never been written—one that details Reagan’s campaign against the Soviet Union, which lasted more than forty years. Utilizing reams of recently declassified documents, Kengor assembles a striking mosaic of Reagan’s words and actions that toppled the Soviet Union—from his covert support of the rebels who defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan to his secret oil collusion with Saudi Arabia that devastated the Soviet economy. With unparalleled research, this fascinating book tells the story of how one president did more to bring down the Soviet Union than any other single administration in this history of the Cold War. It’s a story of how one American’s fight ended the twentieth century’s longest war. It’s a story of one man who changed history. It’s the story of a crusader. 

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    The Crusader

    13.9 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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