For the TL;DR version see last paragraph. A few minutes ago I was listening to Mark Levin on WABC. Mark Levin is a really really conservative talk show host (highly critical of Obama, passionately calls him and his policies Socialist, Marxist, will lead to the end of America as we know it, etc.). I'm doing this from memory so the words probably aren't exact. He got a call from a guy who was pretty much a talk radio troll. He says "Heeyyyyy Mark I looooooove you Levinskiiiiii I looooove listenin' to you get all mad and start yelling I listen to you allllll the time just you hear you yell all the time man!!!" Mark says "So do you want to get to your point?" And the guy says "Yeah I love it when you get mad Mark and I'm gonna say something just to get you even more mad." "Well what is it." "Name ONE SOCIALIST COUNTRY that has failed. ONE." There was a very brief pause. Then Mark, very calmly says; "Soviet Union" "Heh heh you you" "East Germany, uh, Belarus..." "You see Mark you're just.." "Hey, I'm answering your question!" "You can't, Levinski, you're.." Now he starts getting loud. "And I know what you're gonna say too, you're gonna say 'those were communist' WELL WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT STARTS!? I know TYRANNY WHEN I SEE IT!" "NORWAY MAN! NORWAY'S..." "NORWAY!?!? What are there, 3 people in Norway??! Is Norway feeding the world? Is Norway bringing drugs to the world? What's Norway's contribution to ending hunger in Africa? ZERO!" "I LOVE IT MARK YOU'RE YELLING NOW I LOVE IT!!!" "GET OUTTA HERE, YOU IDIOT!" And he hangs up on him, and goes on... "Canada's next too! They're gonna be next, they can't even afford their own military! We [the United States] have to pay for it!" There was more but I don't remember. Now I listen to Mark's show all the time but I've never heard him make quite that many claims at one time. Most of the time he speaks in terms of ideology but after something like that I feel the need to take a step back and ask how much of that is really true. The one I'm most curious about is whether there's been a failed socialist country, and since this board is just soaking wet with socialists... So if you'd rather not read through my whole story, I put the "claims" in blue, and I want to know how much truth there is to them. Thanks in advance.