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  1. 98
    . Tobias
    Hoonhout, “Biden Says Beto O'Rourke Will ‘Take Care of the Gun Problem with Me,' ”
    National Review
    , March 3, 2020.
  2. 99
    . Zachary B. Wolf, “Democrats Have Spent Years Denying They'll Take People's Guns. Not Anymore,”
    CNN,
    September 12, 2019.
  3. 100
    . Becket Adams, “That Time Eric Swalwell Threatened to Go Nuclear on Gun Owners. Literally,”
    Washington Examiner
    , July 8, 2019.
  4. 101
    . David Marcus, “Yes, Democrats Want to Take Your Guns; Beto O'Rourke Is Just Desperate Enough to Say So,”
    Federalist
    , September 16, 2019.
  5. 102
    . Maggie Haberman and Alan Rappoport, “Trump Tries to Walk Back Entitlement Comments as Democrats Pounce,”
    New York Times
    , January 23, 2020.
  6. 103
    . Kenneth Rapoza, “In Attack Ad, Paul Ryan Kills Grandma in Wheelchair,” August 12, 2012.
  7. 104
    . Owen Mason, “Democrats: Your Identity Politics Obsession Will Reelect Trump,”
    Washington Examiner
    , August 2, 2019.
  8. 105
    . Matt Ford, “Biden's Diversity Promises Are Identity Politics at Their Best,”
    New Republic
    , March 16, 2020.
  9. 106
    . Ibid.
CHAPTER 4: SOCIALISM: A HISTORY OF FAILURE
  1. 1
    . Karl-Eugen Wädekin, “Soviet Agriculture's Dependence on the West,”
    Foreign Affairs
    , Spring 1982, and Barry K. Goodwin and Thomas J. Grennes, “Tsarist Russia and the World Wheat Market,”
    Explorations in Economic History
    35, no. 4 (October 1998).
  2. 2
    . Fabiola Zerpa, Lucia Kassai, and Ben Bartenstein, “Venezuela Weighs Privatizing Oil in Face of Economic Free Fall,” Bloomberg, January 27, 2020,
    https://reason.com/2020/01/29/socialist-venezuela-proposes-to-privatize-its-collapsing-oil-industry/
    , and
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2017/05/07/how-venezuela-ruined-its-oil-industry/#578371717399
    ; CEIC, “Venezuela Crude Oil: Production,”
    https://www.ceicdata.com/en/indicator/venezuela/crude-oil-production
    .
  3. 3
    . Vladimir Lenin,
    The State and Revolution
    (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1992), 45–46.
  4. 4
    . Michael Bakunin,
    Statism and Anarchy
    (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 178–79.
  5. 5
    . Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels,
    A Communist Manifesto
    (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1964), 70.
  6. 6
    . Ibid., 70, 76.
  7. 7
    . Ibid., 116.
  8. 8
    . Dmitri Volkogonov,
    Lenin: A New Biography
    (New York and London: Free Press, 1994), 69–70.
  9. 9
    . Richard
    Pipes,
    A Concise History of the Russian Revolution
    (New York: Vintage Books, 1995), 161–63.
  10. 10
    . Ibid., 369–70.
  11. 11
    . “Gulag,”
    History.com
    ,
    https://www.history.com/topics/russia/gulag
    .
  12. 12
    . Dmitri Volkogonov,
    Autopsy of an Empire
    (New York: Free Press, 1998), 72.
  13. 13
    . Ibid., 73–74.
  14. 14
    . Richard Pipes,
    The Russian Revolution
    (New York: Vintage Books, 1990), 791–92.
  15. 15
    . Robert Conquest,
    The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror–Famine
    (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), 306.
  16. 16
    . “The Editorial Notebook; Trenchcoats, Then and Now,”
    New York Times
    , June 24, 1990.
  17. 17
    . Pipes,
    The Russian Revolution
    , 689.
  18. 18
    . David Remnick,
    Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
    (New York: Vintage Books, 1994), 184–5.
  19. 19
    . Ibid., 185.
  20. 20
    . Seth Mydans, “From Russia with Hope: In America to Stay—A Special Report; Seeking Shelter in U.S. After the Soviet Storm,”
    New York Times,
    January 25, 1992.
  21. 21
    . Andy Bellairs, “Defections: Hungary at the Melbourne Olympics 1956,
    Vice
    , March 14, 2016,
    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/ypy3k5/defections-hungary-at-the-melbourne-olympics-1956
    and
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/blood-in-the-water-at-the-1956-olympics-1616787/
    .
  22. 22
    . Karen Reedstrom, “Victor Belenko,”
    Full Context
    9, no. 2 (November 1996),
    https://web.archive.org/web/20010111004300/http://fullcontext.org/people/belenko.htm
    .
  23. 23
    . Strobe Talbott, ed.,
    Khrushchev Remembers
    (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown, 1970).
  24. 24
    . “The East German Uprising, 1953,” Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State,
    https://history.state.gov/milestones/1953-1960/east-german-uprising
    .
  25. 25
    . James Bovard, “The Daily Hell of Life in the Soviet Bloc,” Mises Institute,
    https://mises.org/wire/daily-hell-life-soviet-bloc
    .
  26. 26
    . Stephane Cortois et al.,
    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
    (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990), 656.
  27. 27
    . Ibid.
  28. 28
    . Nigel Jones, “It Is a Sad Reflection of Our Time That Che Guevara Is Seen as a Hero,”
    Guardian
    , January 2, 2009.
  29. 29
    . Mark Goldblatt, “Revenge of Che,”
    National Review,
    December 19, 2008,
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2008/12/revenge-che-mark-goldblatt/
    .
  30. 30
    . Ibid.
  31. 31
    . Simon Hattenstone, “ ‘Dammit, This Guy Is Cool,' ”
    Guardian
    , November 29,
    2008,
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/nov/29/benicio-del-toro-che-guevara
    .
  32. 32
    . Frank Dikköter, “Looking Back on the Great Leap Forward,”
    History Today
    66, no. 8 (August 2016).
  33. 33
    . Dr. Li Zhisui,
    The Private Life of Chairman Mao
    (New York: Random House, 1994), 271–72, 282–83.
  34. 34
    . Cambodia Tribunal Monitor,
    https://www.cambodiatribunal.org/history/cambodian-history/khmer-rouge-history/
    .
  35. 35
    . 
    https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-demographer-produces-best-estimate-yet-of-cambodias-death-toll-under-pol-pot
    .
  36. 36
    . Kirstie Brewer, “How Two Men Survived a Prison Where 12,000 Were Killed,” BBC, June 11, 2015,
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33096971
    .
  37. 37
    .  Associated Press, “Venezuela's Chavez call Bush “the devil,”
    NBCNews.com
    , September 20, 2006,
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/14923411/ns/world_news-americas/t/venezuelas-chavez-calls-bush-devil/#.Xp1Ba8hKiCg
    .
  38. 38
    . Daniel Di Martino, “How Socialism Destroyed Venezuela,”
    Economics21.org
    ,
    https://economics21.org/how-socialism-destroyed-venezuela
    .
  39. 39
    . Michael Albertus, “Chavez's Real Legacy Is Disaster,”
    Foreign Policy
    , December 6, 2018,
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/06/chavezs-real-legacy-is-disaster/
    .
  40. 40
    . Robert Rapier, “How Venezuela Ruined Its Oil Industry,”
    Forbes
    , May 7, 2017,
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2017/05/07/how-venezuela-ruined-its-oil-industry/#578371717399
    .
  41. 41
    . Ibid; CEIC, “Venezuela Crude Oil: Production,”
    https://www.ceicdata.com/en/indicator/venezuela/crude-oil-production
    .
  42. 42
    . Jose Nino, “Price Controls Are Disastrous for Venezuela, and Everywhere Else,”
    Mises Wire
    , August 16, 2016; Di Martino, “How Socialism Destroyed Venezuela.”
  43. 43
    . Robert Valencia, “Venezuelans Are Losing a Lot of Weight Amid Money Crisis,”
    Newsweek
    , February 22, 2018,
    https://www.newsweek.com/venezuelans-are-losing-lot-weight-amid-money-crisis-816886
    .
  44. 44
    . Julie Turkewitz and Isayen Herrera, “Childbirth in Venezuela, where women's deaths are a state secret,”
    Chicago Tribune
    , April 12, 2020,
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/featured/sns-nyt-dangerous-childbirth-in-venezuela-20200412-5vh5fmc2wvgdtp3rdmjdjlbcmm-story.html
    .
  45. 45
    . “Overview: Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis,
    Iom.com
    ,
    https://www.iom.int/venezuela-refugee-and-migrant-crisis
    .
  46. 46
    . Fabiola Zerpa, “Venezuelan Hyperinflation Explodes, Soaring Over 440,000 Percent,” Bloomberg, January 18, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-18/venezuelan-hyperinflation-explodes-soaring-over-440-000-percent
    .
  47. 47
    . Patricia Laya, “Hyperinflation Left Me Broke in Caracas,” Bloomberg,
    August 10, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-10/venezuelan-hyperinflation-makes-a-fast-food-meal-a-nightmare?srnd=life-in-caracas-venezuela
    .
  48. 48
    . Patricia Laya, “Where a Bottle of Whisky Costs 16 Years of Wages,” Bloomberg, July 16, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/in-venezuela-a-bottle-of-whisky-costs-16-years-of-wages
    .
  49. 49
    . Andrew Rosati, “Venezuela's Bribing Menu Brings Transparency to Corruption,” Bloomberg, November 27, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-27/venezuela-s-bribing-menu-brings-transparency-to-corruption
    .
  50. 50
    . Andrew Rosati, “Life Without Water: Sweaty, Smelly, and Furious in Caracas,” Bloomberg, August 27, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-27/life-without-water-sweaty-smelly-and-furious-in-caracas?srnd=life-in-caracas-venezuela
    .
  51. 51
    . Alex Vasquez, “Everyone I Know is Depressed and Medicated: Life in Caracas,” Bloomberg, January 10, 2020,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-10/crisis-in-venezuela-has-nearly-everyone-depressed-and-medicated
    .
  52. 52
    . Katie Porzecanski, “Why I Pick Up Hitchhikers in One of the World's Deadliest Cities,” Bloomberg, September 13, 2019,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-13/why-i-pick-up-hitchhikers-in-one-of-the-world-s-deadliest-cities
    .
  53. 53
    . Andrew Rosati, Dating in Caracas Is Crazy, Infuriating, and a Little Scary,” Bloomberg, May 17, 2019,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-17/tear-gas-and-condom-shortages-what-dating-is-like-in-chaotic-caracas
    .
  54. 54
    . Patricia Laya, “Gaunt, Filthy and Scared, Kids Roam the Streets of Caracas,” Bloomberg, December 10, 2018,
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-10/gaunt-filthy-and-scared-kids-roam-streets-of-caracas-in-packs?srnd=life-in-caracas-venezuela
    .
  55. 55
    . Kristian Niemietz, “ 'But that wasn't REAL socialism!' (Part 3: Venezuela),”
    iea.com
    , August 4, 2017,
    https://iea.org.uk/but-that-wasnt-real-socialism-part-3-venezuela/
    ; “Noam Chomsky Meets with Chavez in Venezuela,”
    Venezuelanalysis.com
    , August 27, 2009,
    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/4748
    .
  56. 56
    . Gordon Dritschilo, “Sanders, CITGO strike deal for oil,”
    Rutland Herald
    , February 4, 2006,
    https://www.rutlandherald.com/news/sanders-citgo-strike-deal-for-oil/article_bd5da44a-e919-51f9-a8ad-501a367ca84c.html
    .
  57. 57
    . Kevin G. Hall, “Clinton-allied group ties Sanders to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez,”
    Charlotte Observer
    , September 15, 2015,
    https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article35368479.html
    .
  58. 58
    . James Freeman, “Not Even Socialists Believe in Socialism Anymore,”
    Wall
    Street Journal
    , February 11, 2020,
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/not-even-socialists-believe-in-socialism-anymore-11581458840
    .
  59. 59
    . Kerry Jackson, “Denmark Tells Bernie Sanders It's Had Enough Of His ‘Socialist' Slurs,”
    Investor's Business Daily
    , November 9, 2015,
    https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/denmark-tells-bernie-sanders-to-stop-calling-it-socialist/
    .
  60. 60
    . Joseph Simonson, “Bernie Sanders praised communist Cuba and the Soviet Union in the 1980s,”
    Washington Examiner,
    June 6, 2019,
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/bernie-sanders-praised-communist-cuba-and-the-soviet-union-in-the-1980s
    .
  61. 61
    . Zachary Evans, “Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism' When Confronted by Russian Immigrant,”
    National Review
    , March 10, 2020.
  62. 62
    . Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember, “Mayor and ‘Foreign Minister': How Bernie Sanders Brought the Cold War to Burlington,”
    New York Times
    , May 17, 2019,
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/us/bernie-sanders-burlington-mayor.html
    .
  63. 63
    . Michael Kranish, “Inside Bernie Sanders's 1988 10-day ‘honeymoon' in the Soviet Union,”
    Washington Post
    , May 3, 2019,
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-bernie-sanderss-1988-10-day-honeymoon-in-the-soviet-union/2019/05/02/db543e18-6a9c-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html
    .
  64. 64
    . Brendan Cole, “Castro Trends after Bernie Sanders Praises Cuban Leader's Literacy Program,”
    Newsweek
    , February 24, 2020,
    https://www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-fidel-castro-cuba-democrats-60-minutes-1488694
    .
  65. 65
    . Joseph Simonson, “Bernie Sanders campaigned for Marxist party in Reagan era,”
    Washington Examiner
    , May 30, 2019,
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/bernie-sanders-campaigned-for-marxist-party-in-reagan-era
    .
  66. 66
    . Ian Schwartz, “Sanders Campaign Organizer: Free Education, Gulags Needed To ‘Re-Educate' You To Not Be A ‘F*cking Nazi,”
    Real Clear Politics
    , January 14, 2020,
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/01/14/sanders_campaign_organizer_free_education_gulags_needed_to_reeducate_you_not_to_be_a_fcking_nazi.html
    ; Valerie Richardson, “ ‘Extreme Action:' Project Veritas unearths more radical Bernie Sanders staffers,”
    Washington Times
    , January 28, 2020,
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/28/project-veritas-unearths-more-radical-bernie-sande/
    .
  67. 67
    . Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott, “Bernie Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries,” CNN, March 14, 2019,
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/politics/kfile-bernie-nationalization/index.html
    .
  68. 68
    . Bill Scher, “No, Coronavirus Isn't Proof We Need Socialism,”
    Politico
    ,
    March 24, 2020,
    https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/24/coronavirus-socialism-sanders-144490
    .
  69. 69
    . Margaret Thatcher, Speech to Conservative Central Council (“The Historic Choice”), March 20, 1976,
    https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/102990
    .
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