As you already know, Oleg Atbashian, operator of The People's Cube blog, recently authored the book, Shakedown to Socialism. We have our copy and will begin reading soon. To give just a taste... First paragraph:
The recent "card-check" debates in the US Congress reminded me of my own experiences with trade unions in the USSR, where organized labor was part of the official establishment and union membership was mandatory. It also reminded me of how that system's seemingly magnanimous goals - fairness, economic equality, and social justice - in real life brought forth a rigged game of wholesale corruption, forced inequality, and grotesque injustice.
Is it fair to compare proposed and established US policies to policies of the USSR? NYET Comrade! (unless you value history as a guide for the future...)