quotations about socialism
I remained a socialist for several years, even after my rejection of Marxism; and if there could be such a thing as socialism combined with individual liberty, I would be a socialist still. For nothing could be better than living a modest, simple, and free life in an egalitarian society. It took some time before I recognized this as no more than a beautiful dream; that freedom is more important than equality; that the attempt to realize equality endangers freedom; and that, if freedom is lost, there will not even be equality among the unfree.
KARL R. POPPER, Unended Quest
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, "Demobilisation", October 22, 1945
Socialists cry "Power to the people", and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean--power over people, power to the State.
MARGARET THATCHER, speech to Conservative Central Council, March 15, 1986
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
RONALD WRIGHT, America & Americans
The ripeness of society for Socialism is not to be disproved by the number of wrecks and ruins which abound.
JOHN SPARGO, Elements of Socialism
In socialism of the future ... what counts is the whole, the community of the Volk. The individual and his life play only a subsidiary role. He can be sacrificed--he is prepared to sacrifice himself should the whole demand it.
ADOLF HITLER, attributed, Hitler: Memoirs of a Confidant
Real socialism is inside man. It wasn't born with Marx. It was in the communes of Italy in the Middle Ages. You can't say it is finished.
DARIO FO, London Times, April 6, 1992
It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with "I," "me," "mine," that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else's.
ALDOUS HUXLEY, The Perennial Philosophy
Socialism is not a science, a sociology in miniature: it is a cry of pain.
ÉMILE DURKHEIM, Le socialisme
Socialism provides safety in numbers. And that's OK, if you don't mind trading your name--your identity and individualism--for a number.
JAROD KINTZ, 99 Cents for Some Nonsense
Socialism is like Neil Diamond music. It's not good and belongs in the past, yet there's a group of people who think that it will eventually catch on if only they keep playing it.
JEFFREY EVAN BROOKS, attributed, "Socialism: The Next Social Revolution", Alternate History Discussion Board, October 12, 2013
Democracy is the road to socialism.
KARL MARX, attributed, Communism
To get rid of mosquitoes you must drain the pools on the lowlands, and to get rid of socialists you must drain off injustice from the slums.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Christian Socialism is but the holy water with which the priest consecrates the heart-burnings of the aristocrat.
KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto
Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.
HARRY S. TRUMAN, speech, October 10, 1952
If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.
VLADIMIR LENIN, speech at Peasant's Congress in Petrograd, November 27, 1917
A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil.
TERRY EAGLETON, Ideology: An Introduction
Socialism is also unselfishness embraced as an axiom.
ROGER KIMBALL, The New Criterion
But whenever one meets modern thinkers (as one often does) progressing towards a madhouse, one always finds, on inquiry, that they have just had a splendid escape from another madhouse. Thus, hundreds of people become Socialists, not because they have tried Socialism and found it nice, but because they have tried Individualism and found it nasty.
G. K. CHESTERTON, Alarms and Discursions
The socialist pretends to have glimpsed paradise on earth. Those who decline the invitation to embrace the vision are not just ungrateful: they are traitors to the cause of human perfection. Dissent is therefore not mere disagreement but treachery. Treachery is properly met not with arguments but (as circumstances permit) the guillotine, the concentration camp, the purge.
ROGER KIMBALL, The New Criterion