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Shaw, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, propagandist & winner of the Nobel prize in 1925, was an ardent socialist, a member of the Fabian Society & a popular public speaker on behalf of socialism. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism is his most notable nonfiction work. Shaw, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, propagandist & winner of the Nobel prize in 1925, was an ardent socialist, a member of the Fabian Society & a popular public speaker on behalf of socialism. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism is his most notable nonfiction work.


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Shaw, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, propagandist & winner of the Nobel prize in 1925, was an ardent socialist, a member of the Fabian Society & a popular public speaker on behalf of socialism. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism is his most notable nonfiction work. Shaw, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, propagandist & winner of the Nobel prize in 1925, was an ardent socialist, a member of the Fabian Society & a popular public speaker on behalf of socialism. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism is his most notable nonfiction work.

30 review for The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism (20th Century Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    I didn't buy this for the title (although, what a title). I bought it for the index, which is four pages long and full of interesting stuff. Also because it was the first book in the Pelican imprint. Also because it's the kind of thing I want to be seen reading on a train.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “So what you have to consider is not whether there will be great changes or not (for changes there certainly will be) but what changes you and your friends think, after consideration and discussion, would make the world a better place to live in, and what changes you ought to resist as disastrous to yourself and everyone else.” What to say about this behemoth? There’s lots of good stuff in here, but you have to wade through quite a bit of Pygmalion-like condescension and out-of-date examples. I t “So what you have to consider is not whether there will be great changes or not (for changes there certainly will be) but what changes you and your friends think, after consideration and discussion, would make the world a better place to live in, and what changes you ought to resist as disastrous to yourself and everyone else.” What to say about this behemoth? There’s lots of good stuff in here, but you have to wade through quite a bit of Pygmalion-like condescension and out-of-date examples. I think we need a new version. It should be written by a woman, and be called "The Compassionate Man’s Guide to Social Justice." Still, Shaw made many excellent points. He’s approaching this as a thinker, not as a politician. While plenty of his economic discussions were more in-depth than I had the patience to follow, I think we can all benefit from thinking these things through intellectually to hopefully keep from being carried away by agenda-filled political soundbites. “I strongly advise you not to wait for a readymade answer from me or anyone else, but to try first to solve the problem for yourself in your own way. For even if you solve it all wrong, you will become not only intensely interested in it, but much better able to understand and appreciate the right solution when it comes along.” I loved the timely discussion about privatizing the post office, how currently they average out the costs of the very expensive services (like delivering a letter deep into a rural area) with the very cheap, and how a private company would come in with the promise of doing it cheaper, but since they couldn’t do the expensive stuff any cheaper, once they put the post office out of business the services would go down and/or the prices go up. Personally, I believe some things should not be privatized. I’m old enough to remember when utilities were municipal services and not money-making operations beholden to shareholders instead of to citizens, and I sorely miss both the attitude and the reasonable prices. Throughout the book, he references subjects currently in the news, like universal basic income and the monetary value of taking care of children. “The most important and indispensable work of women, that of bearing and rearing children, and keeping house for them, was never paid for directly to the woman but always through the man; and so many foolish people came to forget that it was work at all, and spoke of Man as The Breadwinner. This was nonsense.” He ends by mentioning that good will come from the people who believe in leaving this world a better place than they found it. Now really, isn’t that something that we should all be able to agree upon?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eman Shehata

    قد خص الكاتب المراة في كتابه لانه كان يري ان فيها امل الانسانية لانها تقوم بأعظم عمل في الوجود وهو الحفاظ الجنس البشري فرسالة المرأة الغريزية هي البناء بعكس الرجل وبحكم وظيفتها في البيت فانها مدربة علي السياسة و الحكم اكثر من الرجل بل هي اقدر علي معالجة المشكلات القتصادية اكثر من الرجل الفكرة الاساسية في الكتاب فكرة المساواة المطلقة في توزيع الدخل القومي بين الافراد بصرف النظر عن الجنس او السن او المهنة سواء كانوا عاطلين او عاملين وذلك لان احتياجات البشر المادية لا تتفاوت كثيرا بين فرد و اخر موض قد خص الكاتب المراة في كتابه لانه كان يري ان فيها امل الانسانية لانها تقوم بأعظم عمل في الوجود وهو الحفاظ الجنس البشري فرسالة المرأة الغريزية هي البناء بعكس الرجل وبحكم وظيفتها في البيت فانها مدربة علي السياسة و الحكم اكثر من الرجل بل هي اقدر علي معالجة المشكلات القتصادية اكثر من الرجل الفكرة الاساسية في الكتاب فكرة المساواة المطلقة في توزيع الدخل القومي بين الافراد بصرف النظر عن الجنس او السن او المهنة سواء كانوا عاطلين او عاملين وذلك لان احتياجات البشر المادية لا تتفاوت كثيرا بين فرد و اخر موضحا ان فكرة المساواه لا يمكن ان تتم الا بعد تاميم كل وسائل الانتاج ولكنه يؤمن بفكرة التدرج و الطريق البرلماني وليس العنف والطفرة معبرا اان هذه المساواه هي الشرط الاساسي لضمان استقرار المجتمع وهي الطريق الوحيد للتخلص من الراسمالية (موضحا اساليب و نماذج لهذه الدول)1 وقد استند الكاتب علي حجة وهي ان فرص اختيار الازواج والزوجات المتاحة للناس في مجتمع تتفاوت فيه الايرادات والثقافات تفاوتا كبيرا هي فرص محدودة بحدود الطبقة التي ينتمي اليها الشخص فاذا ما تحققت المساواه المنشودة في الدخل اتسعت فرص الاختيار امام الراغبين في الزواج بحيث تشمل ابناء المجتمع كلة بدون قيد ومن ثم ضمان لتحسين سلالة الجنس البشري و من ثم بقاءه في الكتاب ومضات رائعة وعبقرية عندما عالج الكاتب مشاكل المراة في سوق العمل بل ومشاكل الرجل الذي يضر لبيع ذمته وضميره من اجل لقمه العيش فيستوي مع المراة التي تبيع جسدها وما في ذلك من خطورةعلي المجتمع ثم انتقل الي مشاكل العاطلين بالوراثة(الفاشيةكما وصفهم) لارتكابهم احط انواع الجرائم الاجتماعية وكيفية الفضاء عليها تعرض الكاتب لمبدا الشيوعية في كتابه ميزة اسلوب الكاتب انه غير معقد و ساخر بالرغم ان المواضيع التي تعرض لها كلها دمها تقيل لو قراتها في كتاب تاني وان كان في بعض الاشياء الي بختلف فيها معه بس ده يرجع الي اختلاف الثقافة والمعتقدات عن الكاتب

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    HOw to describe this book without a lecture on Shaw? Absolutely the wittiest and most engaging discussion of economic systems and their real effects ever. Does that sound too dry? Perhaps, but the book is not. And as always, Shaw's real agenda is like that of Dolly Levy: 'money is like manure [and should be] spread around, helping young things grow'. Bless GBS!

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Hartley

    Yes, this is probably the most inappropriate (to modern eyes) and most Mansplainingly-bad title ever, and yes, Shaw is a bit of a pompous, preening prick, but the book is a good, informative read, surprisingly light given its subject matter. It's condescending but not as much as you might think and, at the bottom of it, he does know his stuff and has a point to prove, which he does, mainly by showing us the points that we believe in and take as givens are ridiculous. There are some gems in it, s Yes, this is probably the most inappropriate (to modern eyes) and most Mansplainingly-bad title ever, and yes, Shaw is a bit of a pompous, preening prick, but the book is a good, informative read, surprisingly light given its subject matter. It's condescending but not as much as you might think and, at the bottom of it, he does know his stuff and has a point to prove, which he does, mainly by showing us the points that we believe in and take as givens are ridiculous. There are some gems in it, some great takes on society and the utter crap we believe and put up with that are pertinent to our age (role of the media, our willingness to be distracted from glaring inequality by hours and hours of TV, booze and drugs, the rigged system we go on moaning about but never changing). A few sections are now out of date (useful to the historican) but many more are still right on the money. Well worth a read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sian Jaimi

    As one might gather from the title, this book is patronising of women and assumes that they (we) naturally share a limited perspective compared with men. [Note: Lillian Le Mesurier authored a correction, titled 'The Socialist Woman's Guide to Intelligence: A Reply to Mr Shaw'.] Shaw does, however, argue compellingly that capitalism is unjust and ruthlessly self-serving. An interesting resource for those wanting to expand upon their understanding of socialism.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicholeen

    I read this book so that I could increase my knowledge of communism. I figured reading a communist was a good idea to help with this. This study was very intresting. He never really comes to any concrete points. Over and over again, he makes a statement and then in the next couple of chapters says almost the exact opposite. I will always be glad I read this, and I know I will refer back to it many times in the years to come when I need to pop into the head of a communist. It's always good to und I read this book so that I could increase my knowledge of communism. I figured reading a communist was a good idea to help with this. This study was very intresting. He never really comes to any concrete points. Over and over again, he makes a statement and then in the next couple of chapters says almost the exact opposite. I will always be glad I read this, and I know I will refer back to it many times in the years to come when I need to pop into the head of a communist. It's always good to understand the people who think oppositely from you. Then you notice more, and are more prepared to make intelligent commnets.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise M

    I've read snippets of this -- it's, of course, very dates, but Shaw was trying to make change in another age from ours. Great historical book, if you're interested in the history of socialism or women's issues.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    convinced me that socialism wasn't a millenarian dream. smart and convincing. socialism is the best interest of society. read it and then disagree.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mommalibrarian

    Very dated of course but lots of things to think about and other things to read. Shaw was my kind of person. It took me years to read this book. I picked it over and over when I was between other things and was always glad I had.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor

    I - perhaps naïvely - didn't expect this to be quite so patronising!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Walsh

    It has to be said, a Man writing a book for women perhaps he should have stuck to writing plays. Still, it's written by Shaw, a Man.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    I've included this in my course reader for my economics course critical of current economic practices. It is quite brilliant, on point, and funny.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Matthews

    A good book. A little dated, perhaps, and hard work to read, but for a thorough, well-explained insight into modern politics and economics, I'm yet to read better. It's dense because it's so thorough, and whilst I may not agree with some of his arguments, they are easy enough to follow and he uses some excellent (but dated) examples. In the introduction by Polly Toynbee in my edition, she strongly suggests that every household should have a copy. I think every teenage girl should be given a copy A good book. A little dated, perhaps, and hard work to read, but for a thorough, well-explained insight into modern politics and economics, I'm yet to read better. It's dense because it's so thorough, and whilst I may not agree with some of his arguments, they are easy enough to follow and he uses some excellent (but dated) examples. In the introduction by Polly Toynbee in my edition, she strongly suggests that every household should have a copy. I think every teenage girl should be given a copy and made to read it. She'd find it enlightening.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    No intelligent lady could fall to deeply in love with Fabianism

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hind

    اسلوي برنارد شو الساخر لطف من حدة الملل في مادة الكتاب ولكن الاسهاب فيه كان قاتلا وفي بعض الاحيان احسسني بالتوهان.. الكتاب لن يفيدنا اليوم للاحاطة بالمفاهيم المذكورة لان الكتاب كتب قبل قرن مضى من الزمان ولكنه مفيد للاحاطة علما بالاوضاع الاقتصادية في التاريخ بالذات في اوروبا وبريطانيا وامريكا

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Salamon

    I actually read an original copy from 1904 printed in London! Great economic explanations and very fitting for the time.

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    Oma Eagle

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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