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You Can Still Trust the Communists to be Communists (Socialists and Progressives Too), Fred C. Schwarz and David A. Noebel, Summit Ministries, 2010, 370 pages, $14.95.

If you doubt that the public school system is producing a generation of American socialists, a December 2011 Pew Research Center Poll is Exhibit A (see Briefs). The survey didn't ask respondents for their opinion on communism, but socialism has long been viewed as a steppingstone to full-fledged communism. As Vladimir Lenin said, "The goal of socialism is communism."

The Marxist-Leninist promise of a social utopia still deceives many in American academic, political and social circles, and they work steadily to advance its agenda from their positions of influence and power. School-age children regularly imbibe atheism, evolution and economic determinism (also known as "social justice") in their classrooms without being told that these are the three basic tenets of communism. That's why Americans still need Fred C. Schwarz's classic primer to understand the theory, strategy, tactics, and objectives of communism.

Schwarz came to the United States from Australia in the mid-1950s and trained two generations of Americans, including Ronald Reagan, to understand and defeat communism. A physician by training, Schwarz was particularly good at using medical metaphors to diagnose communism, explain how it germinates and spreads, and prescribe the cure.

The essence of Dr. Schwarz's message was published in his 1960 book, which uses simple language and cogent arguments to explain how people are recruited and molded to be communist loyalists, how they seize power, set up deceptive fronts, and take over the agenda of other organizations. The book also explains the mystery of why communism appeals to segments of the wealthy, intellectuals and idealistic reformers.

Schwarz's book has been updated and republished by David Noebel, an expert on worldviews and the founder of Summit Ministries. Noebel left Schwarz's original work largely untouched, but added a useful bibliography and three new chapters to update us on the continuing communist assault on capitalism and Christianity. His final chapter, titled "The Socialization of America," shows how the U.S. House of Representatives "crawls with a large, well-organized assembly of Socialist organizations."

If you need help persuading others to read this book, share this quote from Nikita Khrushchev, printed in the appendix: "We can't expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism until they awaken one day to find that they have communism."

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