Socialism Quotes

When the war closed – we were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines – doctrines of paternalism and state socialism.

Then there was communism’s weak-tea sister, socialism. Socialists maintained that we shouldn’t take all the money away from all the people since all the people don’t have money. We should take all the money away from only the people who make money. Then, when we run out of that, we could take more money from […]

I was a Socialist for two weeks but when a couple of Socialists assured me I had no right to think differently from any other Socialist and then quarrelled with each other about what Socialism meant, I ran away.

In my own passage out of the left, nearly twenty years ago, it occurred to me that my revolutionary comrades never addressed themselves to the obvious questions for social reformers: “What makes a society work?” Which is the preamble to “What will make this society work?” In all the socialist literature I had read, there […]

The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians,. to people obsessed with fairness… to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.

Did medical care and a bare sufficiency of rice and beans render freedom superfluous? Was I wrong to conclude from the fact that no refugees ever sought asylum in Cuba, that whatever its achievements, Cuban socialism was not what anybody wanted if offered a choice?

I don’t look for much to come out of government ownership as long as we have Democrats and Republicans.

I asked Janerik Larsson – executive vice president and director of communications at a media conglomerate with the conglomeration of a name Industriforvaltnings ABB Kinnevik – why Swedes still worked. If they don’t work, they get almost what they would get if they did work. And if they do work, their raises and bonuses are […]

The ideal of socialists is thus not a society of perfect justice. It is a society where people do not put plaster ducks on their walls.

The urge to distribute wealth equally, and still more the belief that it can be brought about by political action, is the most dangerous of all popular emotions. It is the legitimation of envy, of all the deadly sins the one which a stable society based on consensus should fear the most. The monster state […]