Socialism Quotes

Sir, your levelers wish to level -down- as far as themselves; but they cannot bear leveling -up- to themselves. They would all have some people under them; why not then have some people above them?

Shortly, Professor Hayek’s thesis is that socialism inevitably leads to despotism, and that in Germany the Nazis were able to succeed because the Socialists had already done most of their work for them: especially the intellectual work of weakening the desire for liberty. By bringing the whole of life under the control of the State, […]

The earth is for all the people. That is the demand. The machinery of production and distribution for all the people. That is the demand. The collective ownership and control of industry and its democratic management in the interest of all the people. That is the demand. The elimination of rent, interest, profit and the […]

Socialism – Not to be confused with the “socialism” nominally practiced by the Soviet Union, which was no more than a dictatorship over workers by a ruling elite. True socialism on a national level has never been tried anywhere in the world. (It is sometimes practiced at the company level, with employee-owned firms.) Socialism has […]

But though Anatole France could speak up for the working class in a story like “Crainquebille”, and though cheap editions of his works were advertised in Communist papers, one ought not really to class him as a Socialist. He was willing to work for Socialism, even to deliver lectures on it in draughty halls, and […]

The reason why the wage-worker must put up with so small a return is that, under this system, he is not treated as a human being, Christianity to the contrary notwithstanding. The capitalists are refined cannibals; they look at the workingman in no other light than a horse; in fact, in a worse light. They […]

It is one of the great ironies of modern history that socialism, which promises a more humane, caring, and equitable society, has consistently delivered a more oppressive and mismanaged one. Socialism’s motto – turns out to be: ‘If you build it, they will leave.’

Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn’t needed, and in hell where they’ve got it.

Socialism and laissez- faire are like the north and south poles. They don’t really exist.

We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one!