Given the traction of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, it is clear that more Americans are enthusiastic about or at least unopposed to the concept of socialism. But what separates the “democratic socialism” that Sanders supports and communism?

TheBlaze founder and radio host Glenn Beck examines the “origins of communism, what it really means and what lurks behind the pleasant label of “democratic socialism” in this four part audio series.

In “Part I. How It’s Marketed“, Beck looks at the partnership of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels and the condensation of their ideas in The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.

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In “Part II. The Scourge Spreads“, Beck documents the rise of Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and Che Guevara during the twentieth century and chronicles the results of the spread of communist and national socialist ideologies across the world.

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In “Part III. The Rise in America“, Beck looks at the rise of socialist ideas within America, from progressives Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, to Hoover and FDR, through the Cold War era up until the time of community organizer Saul Alinsky.

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In “Part IV. American Radicals“, Glenn Beck highlights prominent Americans with Marxist ties. He also examines current attitudes towards socialist principles and ideology in present-day America.

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Read the summaries for Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.

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