Socialism USA

A Plea for a Soft Variant

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
295 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant is a work of non-fiction in the socioeconomic issues, business and finance, and analytical writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Phillip J Bryson for anyone with an interest in the future economy of the U.S.A. The author explores the advent of authoritarian and dictatorship policies involving hard socialism and pleads for a more balanced viewpoint with regard to national control and the redistribution of wealth. Using other countries around the world as prime examples of the spectrum between hard and soft socialism, Bryson imagines a future for America where the best of both can be gleaned.

Author Phillip J Bryson has a great grasp of social policies, business, economics, and law, and each area of his well-researched expertise really gets its chance to shine in this in-depth exploration of socialism in contemporary America. I really enjoyed the organization and flow of thought within the book, which makes it highly accessible at the opening for newcomers to socioeconomics and how the system all works and feeds into different interconnecting elements of everyday life. As such, the ideas are built upon with fact-checked research that is well displayed and summarized but never overwhelming, leaving some areas as a great springboard for interested students to do their own research on. Overall, Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant is a well-penned treatise on the current advent of socialist policies that warn against many imminent authoritarian dangers and will make a fascinating read for students and scholars of the subject matter alike.

Asher Syed

Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant by Phillip J Bryson explores the concept of socialism, its history, its ideological foundations, and its applications. Bryson scrutinizes socialism’s shortcomings and highlights the detrimental effects of extreme socialism as seen in Venezuela, East Germany, and the Soviet Union. While critiquing centralized planning and excessive government control, he also points out the pitfalls of unchecked capitalism. By examining historical and contemporary socialist endeavors in Europe, particularly in Sweden, Bryson acknowledges the potential of a “soft variant” of socialism that merges aspects of a capitalist economy with substantial welfare programs. He digs deeper into the shift in European socialism, influenced by Eduard Bernstein, from a hard, revolutionary model to a more moderate, democratic approach. Ultimately, Bryson presents a case for a moderated socialism married to capitalism that balances social welfare with individual freedom and economic stability.

Phillip J Bryson petitions for the best of both worlds or as close as any system can possibly achieve, in his book Socialism USA. The exhaustive research and understanding that Bryson's work presents is evident in his detailed descriptions of various economic models and their complex systems. Regardless of where a reader stands, I don't see how any critic could argue against Bryson's organized structure and logic. Every single section emphasizes a different aspect or period of socialism, the most interesting to me as a British citizen being his methodical coverage of the British government's attempt at implementing a National Plan in 1965, and its outcome and critics. For such a complicated study, Bryson's voice is comfortable and his use of streamlined but persuasive language makes the book approachable. In addition to being British, I am also a civil servant, so Bryson's concise look at the "self-correcting" nature of inefficiencies in corporate bureaucracies versus the stagnant nature of governmental ones was the most coherent delivery I've come across. Well written, well presented, and very highly recommended.

Keith Mbuya

Taking a look back at history, Eastern Europe (particularly East Germany) and the Soviet Union have shown that Marxist-Leninist socialism is more of an engine for destruction and oppression rather than economic progress. This raises the big question as to what socialists in America are advocating. While equal distribution of resources sounds great, nationalizing the means of production is not the answer to America’s social and economic troubles. Sweden and other Scandinavian countries have tried incorporating Marxist-Leninist “hard” socialism and they have failed. However, Sweden’s economy is now flourishing under a system better referred to as “soft” socialism. This type of socialism could just be what America needs. Philip J Bryson delves deeper into this subject in his book Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant. Get yourself a copy to learn more.

Philip J Bryson’s Socialism USA is a must-read for lovers of non-fiction material on business, finance, politics, and philosophy. Bryson launches a thoroughly enlightening discourse that is thought-provoking and eye-opening. Exploring every avenue of thought, he backs his ideas with research data, historical facts, and images. He maintains a sharp intellectual focus in his analysis while achieving a neutral stance. The author plunges readers into the political and economic policies of several countries, highlighting the impact that various economic and political systems have had on them. Even though Sweden identifies as a capitalist state, it has adopted a benign form of socialism, where there is a redistribution of income and social welfare benefits, but there is no state ownership of the factors of production. This has proved to be a success story in Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries.

Frank Mutuma

Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant by Philip J. Bryson explores various shades of socialism. Socialism has been tried in multiple forms, like in the Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, and even post-war Europe, but to what degree of success? Some policies, such as autarky, might not have damaged the Soviet Union because of its size, but could they work for small countries like Hungary that can't produce everything they need? Can revisionist ideas such as those of Bernstein produce a softer version of socialism that can apply to our setting without too much damage? To find out, get a copy of this amazing book.

Socialism USA by Philip J. Bryson contains a wealth of information. The reader will appreciate not only the background information offered on socialism but also the perspective on today's world. I loved the practical examples Bryson gave; this will go a long way in helping the reader understand the impacts and consequences implied. The conversational tone adopted in the book is also welcoming for the reader; Bryson candidly explains his take and is very effective in passing on the intended message. Bryson has also used easy-to-understand language and terminologies, making the book accessible to any reader. Socialism USA by Philip J. Bryson is a must-read.

Jamie Michele

Socialism USA: A Plea for a Soft Variant by Phillip J Bryson is the author's personal study of socialism, what it got right and what it got wrong, and then talks about its potential in the United States. First, Bryson shows the disastrous consequences of socialism under totalitarian dictatorships that suppress human rights and result in equal poverty. This includes but is not limited to state ownership and micro-management of every firm and corporation in the economy, leading to control and oppression. On the flip side, the book props up the positive aspects of socialism that again include but are not limited to income redistribution and social welfare policies like those in the Scandinavian countries. Can a capitalist economy have income redistribution, peaceful approaches to socioeconomic changes, and the realization of socialistic objectives and preferences and be a success? Bryson is confident he's found the answer.

Socialism USA by Phillip J Bryson is an easy-to-understand view of socialism that suggests it can have positive aspects worth considering. The book explores the missteps of socialism in history while encouraging a mix of socialism and capitalism. In the later part of the book, Bryson provides an example from Sweden where they have made a success of combining capitalism and a welfare state. He explains how Sweden's economy grew significantly, using a market-based approach instead of focusing on politics and excessive government control. This book should be on the shelves of all high school social studies classrooms for its factual and balanced view that fosters critical thinking about economic systems and their impact on society. The writing style is suitable for people like me who may not have much prior knowledge of the subject but it is still scholarly enough for people who do.