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 […]
What happens to Sweden when nobody’s willing to lend it more money and the Swedes realize that they really can skip work for four months if the kid pukes? The people of Sweden – like Damocles – are set down to a sumptuous feast, and overhead, suspended by a hair is… not a sword, this […]
When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.
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 difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can’t tolerate a libertarian community.
Socialism and laissez- faire are like the north and south poles. They don’t really exist.