National Review magazine has played an important role in American political affairs since November 1955. This issue on socialism rises to the moment.

Socialism is the idea that won't die, no matter how many people it kills. Oddly, the idea of socialism is still able to take root in the hearts and minds of some Americans who are living and thriving in a capitalist system. I blame a lack of information and a tremendous ego for the growth of socialism in the American mind.

The June 3, 2019 issue of National Review provides a quick, but thorough takedown of socialism. This issue is necessary because we have too many Americans who have never read the National Review. They also have never read anything about Hitler's Germany, Castro's Cuba, or the current state of life in Venezuela, apparently.

The issue has many references to the evilest men to ever walk the earth. Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, and Mussolini all appear in the articles that make up this special issue. Those names and the actions they put into place should be enough to drive a permanent wedge between thinking people and the idea of socialism as a working model.

However, the people who are promoting socialism and socialist politicians campaigns are either ignorant of history or worse. Undoubtedly, some of our fellow Americans envision themselves as the next Castro or Stalin. They crave the power of dictatorship. They believe they can run the world and that they possess the knowledge necessary to determine the fate of millions of human beings.

Read this issue of the National Review, but then share it with others.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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