Economists use beer as a measure to document the errors of socialism in new book

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With the hot-button word “socialism”, sparking an intense political debate, as Americans brace for the 2020 presidential election, two U.S. economists have a global drinking tour and a book, which is already at the top of the Amazon “beer” category, warning that the socialist could lead to a drastic dry-up in the country, alcoholic beverages.

“Socialism Sucks: Two Economists you Drink your way Through the non-free world” by Robert Lawson, and Benjamin Powell, is billed as a “worldwide travel guide written in plain English,” which the reader takes on a luxurious expedition to the three countries that have adopted socialism – North-Korea, Venezuela and Cuba – with beer as an indicator of economic concerns.

“In Cuba, there were only two types of beer, almost the same alcohol content and both tasted like skunky Budweiser. In North Korea, it just was God awful,” Lawson, who is also the Director of the William J. O’neil center for global markets and freedom at Southern Methodist University, told Fox News. “And, in Venezuela, the Land of no beer has, in principle, because the government, the planners could not import enough barley.”

The economists’ book is slated to hit shelves Tuesday.
(Robert Lawson/Benjamin Powell)


To produce In the Lawson ‘ s summation of why the employees of a government-controlled system, looking for the trouble to go out of the way, to the resource, additional costs and energy 30 different types of beer or wine, if it is just two, and there is no incentive otherwise to excel?

“We were on the border of Colombia and Venezuela, and the Colombian side has been flooded with all kinds of beer. On the other hand, Venezuela had nothing to sell, and the people in Colombia had to, just to satisfy the basic needs,” said Powell, who is also the Director of the Free Market Institute and professor of Economics at Texas Tech University. “It is an important lesson for ‘democratic socialists’ in the US to remember that (Hugo) Chavez came to power in free and fair elections, but the socialism, the centralization of economic power and the system starts with the nationalization of farms, factories and even hotels. If the price of oil to $100 per barrel, Venezuela could be the mask of the dysfunction, but as the oil prices went down in the last five years, they could not reality hide.”

Benjamin Powell and Robert Lawson be happy to drink on the Colombian side of the Venezuelan border.
(Robert Lawson/Benjamin Powell)

Then, the authors claimed that the socialism has often opened the floodgates to totalitarianism – was chosen as the case this year in Caracas, Nicolás Maduro, a “sham” competition, of political suppression and refused to admit that the U. S-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó.


The book is about to hit to shelves Tuesday, in the hours before the second round of the debate under the 2020 Democrats was born out of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the authors, has to take issue with a candidate Bernie Sanders with the label “people to the cause.” In their view, he and other pro-socialist leader was the dissemination of false information.

“We wanted to clarify what the definition of socialism really is; (Sanders) points to Denmark, Sweden, Norway. While she suspected not free market and have high taxes, they are market-oriented and not real-socialist countries,” Lawson. “And China is fake-socialism, there are a lot of reforms when it comes to personal property. It is capitalism of cronyism, but that is a hell of a lot better than socialism.”

However, Lawson also observed that even in a country like Sweden, often cited as a shining example of socialism – beer is widely available, but the price is usually very high.

Economist Benjamin Powell enjoy the Georgian wines.
(Robert Lawson/Benjamin Powell)

However, it is not all doom and gloom.

The authors also took their drunken stupor in the former Soviet Union to document the States, your “progress”, because they parted ways with such an economic model in the last decades.

“Our last trip was the country of Georgia, and, basically, a socialist was, as it comes. But, it is now one of the highest countries in terms of economic freedom,” quipped Powell. “And with alcohol, than our economic measure – when Georgia was under the Soviet Union and its wine industry was under Soviet control, it was a disaster. Now, it is a wine-Mecca produces truly unique wines that do not exist anywhere else in the world, and it is where the wine snobs from all over the world and now you have to go to the taste.”


So, your basic message is remarkably unaffected.

“Socialism is a disaster everywhere it has been tried, the historical evidence shows this,” added Lawson. “The freer the country, the more it thrives.”

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