The trouble is with socialism, which resembles a form of mental illness more than it does a philosophy. Socialists get bees in their bonnets. And because they chronically lack any critical faculty to examine and evaluate their ideas, and because they are pathologically unwilling to consider the opinions of others, and most of all, because socialism is a mindset that regards the individual – and his rights – as insignificant, compared to whatever the socialist believes the group needs, terrible, terrible things happen when socialists acquire power.
Socialism is, among other things, the political habitat of low self-esteem, incompetence, self-loathing, and a willingness to steal – or have stolen for you what you are unable or unwilling to work for. Socialism is a philosophy fit only for slugs, leaches, and mosquitoes.l. neil smith
Call it democracy, or call it democratic Socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.Martin Luther King Jr.
The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. And in the work of abolishing it the Catholic and the Protestant, the Catholic and the Jew, the Catholic and the Freethinker, the Catholic and the Buddhist, the Catholic and the Mahometan will co- operate together? For, as we have said elsewhere, Socialism is neither Protestant nor Catholic,Christian norFreethinker,Buddhist,Mahometan, nor Jew; it isonly HUMAN.james connolly
It is fundamental to Socialism that we should liquidate the British Empire as soon as we can.stafford cripps
We mustn't fear to adopt the advanced management methods applied in capitalist countries (...) The very essence of Socialism is the liberation and development of the productive systems (...) Socialism and market economy are not incompatible (...) We should be concerned about right-wing deviations, but most of all, we must be concerned about left-wing deviations.Deng Xiaoping
Socialism without public ownership is nothing but a fantastic apologymichael foot
Anarchism does not mean bloodshed; it does not mean robbery, arson, etc. These monstrosities are, on the contrary, the characteristic features of capitalism. Anarchism, or Socialism, means the re-organization of society upon scientific principles and the abolition of causes which produce vice and crime.
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
We are convinced that liberty without Socialism is privilege, injustice; and that Socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality.mikhail bakunin
Conservatism, though a necessary element in any stable society, is not a social program; in its paternalistic, nationalistic and power adoring tendencies it is often closer to Socialism than true liberalism; and with its traditionalistic, anti-intellectual, and often mystical propensities it will never, except in short periods of disillusionment, appeal to the young and all those others who believe that some changes are desirable if this world is to become a better place.friedrich hayek
Democracy is the road to Socialism.karl marx
The actual participants in industry under individualism are prompted to action by the following combination of incentives: desire for an income, desire for a higher income, desire for security, satisfaction received from shouldering responsibility or from wielding power, the joy of participation in creative activity, and the desire for applause and prestige. ...And all these motivations may be conserved and strengthened under Socialism.
There is only one hope for mankind — and that is democratic Socialism.Aneurin Bevan
If now, after the collapse, should any of these lackeys of Adolf Hitler have the insolence to claim they were merely harmless onlookers, let them feel the scourge of avenging mankind …. Whoever cries about having lost the Nazi system or wants to resurrect National Socialism is to be treated as a lunatic.friedrich kellner
The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.norman thomas
What is peddled about nowadays as philosophy, especially that of N.S. [National Socialism], but has nothing to do with the inner truth and greatness of that movement [namely the encounter between global technology and modern humanity] is nothing but fishing in that troubled sea of values and totalities.Martin Heidegger
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.
A fundamental contradiction does not exist between Socialism and a market economy.Deng Xiaoping
When external and internal forces hostile to the development of Socialism try to turn the development of a given socialist country in the direction of the restoration of the capitalist system, when a threat arises to the cause of Socialism in that country … this is no longer merely a problem for that country's people, but a common problem, the concern of all socialist countries.leonid brezhnev
If you're born in capitalist America, racist America, fascist America, then you're born in sin. But if you're born in Socialism, you're not born in sin.jim jones
You will keep America out of the hands of communists by what you do here, you will keep it by making it seem unnecessary to the disadvantaged. It has been the New Deal, it has been democratic Socialism which has been a major force from keeping the world from communism.norman thomas
A Jesuit once wrote a note to Father Arrupe, his superior general, asking him about the relative value of communism, Socialism and capitalism. Father Arrupe gave him a lovely reply. He said, "A system is about as good or as bad as the people who use it." People with golden hearts would make capitalism or communism or Socialism work beautifully.anthony de mello
The enemy of liberal capitalism today is not so much Socialism as nihilism.Irving Kristol
War to the death against the rich and their hangers-on, the bourgeois intellectuals... ‘He who does not work, neither shall he eat’ – this is the practical commandment of Socialism... [Our] common aim [is] to clean the land of Russia of all vermin, of fleas – the rogues, of bugs – the rich, and so on and so forth.
The status of women up to now has been compared to that of a slave; women have been tied to the home, and only Socialism can save them from this. They will only be completely emancipated when we change from small-scale individual farming to collective farming and collective working of the land.
You and your descendants have to ascertain whether this great mass will hold together under the forms of a republic, and the despotic reality of universal suffrage; whether state rights will hold out against centralisation, without separation, whether centralisation will get the better, without actual or disguised monarchy; whether shifting corruption is better than a permanent bureaucracy; and as population thickens in your great cities, and the pressure of what is felt, the gaunt spectre of pauperism will stalk among you, and communism and Socialism will claim to be heard.thomas henry huxley
From the point of view of fundamental human liberties there is little to choose between communism, Socialism, and national Socialism. They all are examples of the collectivist or totalitarian state ... in its essentials not only is completed Socialism the same as communism but it hardly differs from fascism .
Anarchism is really a synonym for Socialism. The anarchist is primarily a socialist whose aim is to abolish the exploitation of man by man. Anarchism is only one of the streams of socialist thought, that stream whose main components are concern for liberty and haste to abolish the State.
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