There is, in a competitive society, nobody who can exercise even a fraction of the power which a socialist planning board would possess.
Don’t stand so near me! I am become a socialist. I love Humanity; but I hate people.
I do not wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries; that what used to be called the submerged tenth can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level; against the folly that it is better that everyone should […]
Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order.
The vicissitudes of history, however, have not dissuaded them from their earnest search for a “third way” between socialism and capitalism, namely socialism.
In later years, and especially after the war, I can recall several pleasant and, to me, memorable talks on politics, particularly about Ireland and about Socialism. I think these encounters cannot have been displeasing to him, for he (George Bernard Shaw) was kind enough to give me a copy of his Magnum Opus, ‘The Intelligent […]
I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.
For people of a certain ideological disposition, socialism is the name of their desire, and nothing can discredit that desire. Although expressing confidence in history’s vindication of that desire, the desire itself escapes all of history’s falsifications… The socialist revisionists we will have always with us, for the desire becomes more demanding as the prospect […]
All men are created equal’ says the American Declaration of Independence. ‘All men shall be kept equal’ say the Socialists.
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.