On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey


“You Americans are so gullible.  No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism”

--Nikita Khrushschuev

“Socialism: The Real History From Plato To The Present”


     While there have been many lengthy discussions on the dangers associated with socialism, the number of easy-to-read historical reference books on the issue which may be taught to our young people have been hard to come by.  Further complicating the matter, some of those who are players throughout history and their thoughts on the issue have been lost in the mists of time.


     Sensing the need for such a dynamic work, William J. Federer has entered this arena of thought with his book: “Socialism: The Real History From Plato To The Present” (2020, 287 pages, AmerSearch Inc.).  The reader will get a true panoramic view on the topic of socialism in a book that is sure to become a great ‘heads up’ resource to young and old alike.  In fact, because of its ease in style and historical reference quotes and notes, this could be a great work for small group study.


     Subtopics in the book address the issues of communism, racism, socialism, atheism, and the rise of men throughout the centuries who have labored to fight against God, His Church, and His Word.  Just as plentiful are examples of men who have bravely kept up the fight against the spread of socialism. Federer details socialism as a centuries-old grudge match between a humanistic worldview of the state being more important than God…and NOT wanting to admit that God via Jesus Christ CAN impact society for the good IF man realizes that he is incapable of being ‘good and moral’ aside from God’s standards and commandments.


     Federer’s book also brings to the table a great wealth of information on the buzz words, tactics, and definitions which are popular to socialism—and its offshoots.  One may even be bold enough to classify this work as a spiritual warfare training manual against a mindset which is rapidly seeping into the American mainstream at all levels, serving to color modern thought and turn it away from its Judeo-Christian roots.  Even the church has been tainted—in many ways—from such socialism belief props as “liberation theology”, which dates back to the Cold War era of U.S. and Soviet (U.S.S.R) relations.


     “Socialism: The Real History From Plato To The Present” contains a number of short, easy to read chapters which cover where socialism came from, where it has been, how it is progressing, and how it may be stopped.  The book may be found through your favorite regular bookstore, electronic bookseller or through AmerSearch Inc. at AmericanMinute.com.


          Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant.  “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at mgmikeramey@yahoo.com. ©2020 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including Gangstyle.com of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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