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The slaves of socialism are slaves, but they are no one's property and therefore no one's loss. George Reisman
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
Capitalism is at least tolerable, which cannot be said of Socialism or Communism. Benjamin Tucker
Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. Oswald Spengler
Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life. Mikhail Gorbachev
The aim of socialism is to give more individual freedom to people. Clement Attlee
The Kochs, like many other hard-right conservatives, redefine "socialism" as almost any form of government which taxes citizens and regulates businesses. Gus DiZerega
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project—. this program [Medicare] I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day— we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this [write letters and call members of Congress], and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free. Ronald Reagan
Black Power can only exist when there exists a unified socialist Africa. Stokely Carmichael
The battle is one between the power of chaos, Marxism and destruction…and the powers of order, Christian civilization and the upliftment of the people. Roelof Botha
Africans must stand up for themselves and that the strategies and tactics of the struggle should be determined by the African people themselves, and not by others. Joe Matthews
In a great financial emergency nearly every country has, at one time or another, been tempted to confuse the monetary with the fiscal functions of the Treasury. To borrow by the issue of money seems to have a seductive charm hard to resist. J. Laurence Laughlin
The more is given, the less the people will work for themselves Leo Tolstoy
Until we apply terror to speculators --- shooting on the spot --- we won’t get anywhere. Vladimir Lenin
Retain the Key to Prosperity: Vote Labour British Labour Party
Most of them are military commanders, country notables and landowners, and educated people. It is inconceivable that such a group should incline to the theory of Communism. But if Western countries persist in applying unjust pressure, they may well throw themselves into Russia’s arms. Ahmet Izzet
Communism is nonsense. Kemal Ataturk
A market can be a capitalist or a socialist one, but it is still a market. Boris Yeltsin
If you throw a welfare state into the middle of a democracy, it’s very hard to get rid of the beast. James Buchanan
The child labor amendment would commit this country forever to the Communist system of the nationalization of her children ... It would certainly impose involuntary servitude. William H. O'Connell
The workers and peasants had created their own institutions to administer the cities in republican Spain, formed their own armed workers' squads to patrol the streets, and established a remarkable revolutionary militia force to fight the Francista [fascists of General Franco] forces -- a voluntaristic militia in which men and women elected their own commanders and in which military rank conferred no social, material, or symbolic distinctions. Murray Bookchin
Last year we nationalized hydrocarbons. This year it will be mining. Evo Morales
Soviet power, at the head of which Ilyich (Lenin) then stood, was faced with the problem of creating a type of state machinery such as the world had never before seen, one which relied on the masses and which would remake the entire social fabric in a new, socialist way, and reshape all human relations. First of all, however, it was necessary to defend Soviet power against the enemy's attempts to overthrow it by force, and to undermine it from within. We had to strengthen our ranks. Nadezhda Krupskaya
Liberation is no longer, and can be no longer, merely a national concern. The dimension of the struggle, as Lenin and the Bolsheviks so clearly saw, is international: its road is the socialist revolution David Horowitz
Socialism is not merely the labor question, it is before all things the atheistic question, the question of the form taken by atheism today., the question of the tower of Babel built without God, not to mount to Heaven from earth but to set up Heaven on Earth Fyodor Dostoevsky
Neither Capitalism nor Socialism can pretend to be an ideology. They are merely methods for dividing ownership and income. John Ralston Saul
The New Deal was a socialist revolution. Janice Rogers Brown
Nine-tenths of the socialistic and semi-socialistic, and sentimental or ethical, suggestions by which we are overwhelmed come from failure to understand the phenomena of the industrial organization and its expansion. It controls us all because we are all in it. It creates the conditions of our existence, sets the limits of our social activity, regulates the bonds of our social relations, determines our conceptions of good and evil, suggests our life-philosophy, molds our inherited political institutions, and reforms the oldest and toughest customs… William Graham Sumner
Socialism is the Hope of the World Eugene V. Debs
The fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to none. Jean Jacques Rousseau
A policy of humanity; a policy not of party, sect or creed; but of justice, of reason and mercy Clarion
Socialism is a scientific scheme of national organization, entirely wise, just, and practical. It is a kind of national cooperation. Its programme consists, essentially, of one demand, that the land, and all other instruments of production and exchange, shall be the common property of the nation, and shall be used and managed by the nation for the nation. Robert Blatchford
Socialists do not propose by a single Act of Parliament, nor by a sudden revolution, to put all men on an equality, and compel them to remain so. Socialism is not a wild dream of a happy land, where the apples will drop off the trees into our open mouths, the fish come out ot the rivers and fry themselves for dinner, and the looms turn out ready-made suits of velvet with gold buttons, without the trouble of coaling the engine. Neither is it a dream of a nation of stained-glass angels, who always love their neighbours better than themselves, and who never need to work unless they wish. Robert Blatchford
We are told that International Socialism is dead, that all our hopes and ideals are wrecked by the fire and pestilence and European war. It is not true. Out of the darkness and the depth we hail our working-class comrades of every land. Across the roar of guns, we send sympathy and greeting to the German Socialists. They have laboured unceasingly to promote good relations with Britain, as we with Germany. They are no enemies of ours, but faithful friends. Independent Labour Party
Socialism has several aspects. Economically, it means the socialization of the means of production; politically, the establishment of the dictatorship of the toiling masses; emotionally, the abolition of the reign of egotism and anarchy which characterizes the capitalistic system. Dov Ber Borochov
Socialism is communism without the firing squad. Anonymous
Socialism annihilates family life, for instance. With the abolition of private property, marriage in its present form must disappear. Oscar Wilde
I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals. By these I mean banking, credit and currency, power, light, oil and natural gas and our God-given natural resources. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
The goat which has many owners will be left to die in the sun. Haitian Proverb
…people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things the government does for others as socialism. Earl Warren
The language of priorities is the religion of Socialism. Aneurin Bevan
The agricultural and industrial system of a free people, like their political system, ought to be an accurate reflex of the democratic principle by the people for the people, solely in the interests of the people. James Connolly
For our part we regard all human life as equally sacred, whether it be the life of an Empress or the life of a charwoman, and we have no desire to emulate our contemporaries in their attempt to magnify the horror of a crime because the victim belonged to the former rank of life rather than the latter. James Connolly
All systems of political administration or governmental machinery are but the reflex of the economic forms which underlie them James Connolly
Socialists do not base their Socialism upon any interpretation of the language or meaning of Scripture, nor upon the real or supposed intentions of a beneficent Deity. They as a party neither affirm or deny those things, but leave it to the individual conscience of each member to determine what beliefs on such questions they shall hold. As a political party they wisely prefer to take their stand upon the actual phenomena of social life as they can be observed in operation amongst us to-day, or as they can be traced in the recorded facts of history. James Connolly
We have only dented the fortress and the wage slaves are still locked in their cells. Upton Sinclair
And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems. And try liberty … Frederic Bastiat
Men do not make history according to their own free will. But they make history nonetheless. Rosa Luxemburg
Socialism is the first popular movement in world history that has set itself the goal of bringing human consciousness, and thereby free will, into play in the social actions of mankind Rosa Luxemburg
Today's world war is entirely a competitive struggle amongst fully mature capitalisms for world domination, for the exploitation of the remaining zones of the world not yet capitalistic. Rosa Luxemburg
Don’t look down over here Clement. Whenever you see something large, private and working well, you want to nationalize it. Winston Churchill
Although the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July, 1936, was followed by a far-reaching social-revolution in the anti-Franco camp -- more profound in some respects than the Bolshevik Revolution in its early stages -- millions of discerning people outside of Spain were kept in ignorance, not only of its depth and range, but even of its existence, by virtue of a policy of duplicity and dissimulation of which there is no parallel in history. Burnett Bolloten
It is impossible for any political party of "Labor" to reach power without concessions to the Right--to the middle class--at the expense of basic principles. "Labor" (or "Socialist") parties lose their identity and eventually are found to differ only on minor points from the "conservative" contenders for power. Labor Partyism is class-collaboration in the political field and it is just as disastrous for the workers as class-collaboration has been in the economic field Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
Social democracy must strive to retain for itself, throughout the entire (bourgeois) revolution, a position which would best afford it the opportunity of furthering the revolution, which would not bind its hands in the struggle against the inconsistent and self-seeking policies of the bourgeois parties, and which would prevent it from losing its identity in bourgeois democracy. Therefore, social democracy should not set itself the goal of seizing or sharing power in the provisional government but must remain the party of the extreme revolutionary opposition Russian Menshevik Party
The apparent weak point of true socialist war policy lies in the fact that revolutions cannot be made “on command” Leo Jogiches
If the Kaiser does not abdicate the social revolution is inevitable. I do not want it—in fact I hate it like sin. Friedrich Ebert
The knowing minority had to impose its will on the majority, even by brute force. The great mass, the workers, are in economic slavery. They cannot accomplish their own liberation. Their minds are formed by their masters; they are incapable of understanding their true interests. It is left to the knowing minority to free the mass from the tutelage of its present masters. Only after this is done will the mass understand. Charles Naine
Human life has become cheap. It is cheaper than the paper on which the executioner writes the order to destroy it. It is cheaper than the increased bread rations, for which a hired murderer is ready to send a person to the next world on the orders of the first villain who seizes power. This bloody debauchery is being carried out in the name of socialism, in the name of that teaching which proclaimed the brotherhood of working people the highest goal of humanity. Julius Martov; Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum
The whole people would no more be able than the whole body of shareholders in a great enterprise to manage an industry....It would be necessary, under socialism as much as under large scale capitalism, to entrust the actual management of industrial enterprise to salaried experts, chosen for their specialized knowledge and ability in particular branches of work....There is no reason to suppose that the methods of appointing the actual managers in socialized industries would differ widely from those already in force in large scale capitalist enterprise....There is no reason to suppose that the socialization of any industry would mean a great change in its managerial personnel. G.D.H. Cole
Socialism will never substitute one class rule for another …. The aim of Socialism is to do away with rule and exploitation in every form, men becoming free and equal, no masters and servants, but comrades, bothers and sisters. Karl Kautsky
When a number of animals live in a group, herd or flock, they carry on the struggle for existence in common against the outside world … The animals which live socially no longer wage a struggle against each other, wherein the weak succumb; just the reverse, the weak enjoy the same advantages as the strong. When some animals have the advantage by means of greater strength, sharper smell, or experience in finding the best pasture or in warding off the enemy, this advantage does not accrue only to these better fitted, but also to the entire group. This combining of the animals’ separate powers into one unit gives to the group a new and much stronger power than any one individual possessed, even the strongest. It is owing to this united strength that the defenseless plant-eaters can ward off rapacious animals. It is only by means of this unity that some animals are able to protect their young. Anton Pannekoek
In the class-struggle the conflict must always concern itself with immediate, practical objects Anton Pannekoek
Why does the great body of workingmen still permit itself to be ruled and exploited by the capitalists? Why are they not in a position to drive the minority of exploiters from power? Because they are an unorganized, undisciplined, individualistic and ignorant mass. The majority is impotent because it consists of a divided crowd of individuals each one of whom wishes to act according to his own impulse, regard his own interests. Anton Pannekoek
However illusionary the beliefs and doctrines of traditional European Socialism, it reflects therefore genuine social and political tensions. Peter Drucker
Capitalism did not arise because capitalists stole the land and the workmen's tools, but because it was more efficient than feudalism. It will perish because it is not merely less efficient than socialism, but actually self-destructive. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Mrs Thatcher was a mirror-image Marxist. Everything that Marx abhorred she thought was good Theodore Dalrymple
Economic sectors which are essential for the country and which affect the life of the people, must be controlled by the state. Otherwise the control of production might fall in the hands of powerful individuals who could exploit the people. Hence, only enterprises which do not affect the life of the general population may be left to private individuals…. The land, the waters and the natural resources therein are basic assets for the people's prosperity and should, therefore, be controlled by the state and exploited to the greatest benefit of the people. Indonesia
Any property, any enterprise, the running of which has or acquires the character of a national public service or of a de facto monopoly, must become public property. France
To the ordinary working man, the sort you would meet in any pub on Saturday night, Socialism does not mean much more than better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about. George Orwell Blair
Democracy + Private Ownership = Capitalism Democracy + Public Ownership = Socialism Dictatorship + Private Ownership = Fascism Dictatorship + Public Ownership = Communism Anonymous
Socialism or Death! Cuba
The capitalist system of production and distribution is doomed. It threatens to engulf humanity in chaos. Anonymous
The land was the peoples’ before it was the landlord’s. Anonymous
We Owe All To Socialism. Government wall poster ironically placed next to a line of citizens waiting for short meat rations. Anonymous
SOCIALISM—You have two cows, you give one to your neighbor COMMUNISM—You have two cows, the government takes them both and gives you the milk FASCISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and sells you the milk NAZISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and shoots you CAPITALISM—You have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull TRADE UNIONISM—You have two cows, they take them from you, shoot one, milk the other and throw the milk away MORAL: Don't have anything to do with cows. They only bring you trouble. Anonymous
The social order we have built recognizes no exploitation of man by man. In our country there are no rich people to live at the expense of the workers and peasants. Just as there are no poor people living on the charity of others. Ramiz Alia
Free board, dwelling, support and care in his old age, sickness and infirmity ….an annual sum of maintenance for him or herself, children and relatives. Amana Commune
The difference between the Socialists and the Communists is that … the Communists mean it. Maxwell Anderson
It is the champions of "left wing liberal socialism" who shape the tendency towards falsifying the history of socialism. They try to make us believe that the country's past was nothing but mistakes and crimes, keeping silent about the greatest achievements of the past and the present. Nina Andreyeva
My view is laissez-faire as far as Russia is concerned. They should have full freedom to develop the Socialist cause in their own country, but I strongly object to their ideas in our country. The Communists treat human beings like machines and I am opposed to this machine-like view of human institutions. Sadao Araki
Liberty without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality. Mikhail Bakunin
When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick. Mikhail Bakunin
Matters goeth not well to pass in England, nor shall not do till everything be in common … that there be no greater masters than we be. John Ball
In a world where socialism has disappeared, it can still be found lurking in the boardrooms of failing and bad-risk investment companies … that yearn to spread their losses across the backs of long-suffering taxpayers. Benjamin R. Barber
All social institutions should aim at the moral, intellectual and physical improvement of the most numerous and poorest class. All privileges of birth to be abolished without exception. The task of each be according to his capacity, the wealth of each be according to his works. Saint-Amand Bazard; Claude Henri
Anti-Semitism is the Socialism of fools. August Bebel; Ferdinand
When socialism comes into power, the Roman Church will advocate socialism with the same vigor [with which] it is now favoring feudalism and slavery. August Bebel
Let Socialists make the laws today and they would break them tomorrow. No sooner do the poor become rich than they harden their hearts to the miseries of the poor. In so far as it proposes to correct the evils of unequal fortune, Socialism aims to repeal the laws of nature. Ambrose Bierce
You Bollinger Bolshevik, you ritzy Robespierre, you lounge-lizard Lenin. Look at you, swilling Max’s champagne and calling yourself a socialist. Brendan Bracken
If God were a socialist he would have made all men alike. But God is not a socialist. Roberto de Oliveira Campos
Mr. [William Jennings] Bryan is much too earnest, much too sincere and true to be entrusted with power, filled as he is with ideas subversive of economic laws. Andrew Carnegie
It is hard to build a communist state while reformers are slandering socialism, destroying its values, discrediting the party and liquidating its leading role, doing away with social discipline, and sowing chaos and anarchy everywhere. Fidel Castro
I am against the use of capitalist mechanisms to build socialism. Fidel Castro
The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Catholic Church
They preached equality in everything. And faithful to their doctrine, these forerunners of modern socialism robbed Mandarins and the rich of their property, which they distributed to the poor. The villages laboring under exorbitant tribute [taxes] were willing to swear allegiance. Jean Chesneaux
... communistic, socialistic ... as populistic as ever have been addressed to any political assembly in the world. Joseph H. Choate
The Bolsheviks called their system socialist so as to exploit the moral prestige of socialism. The West adopted the same usage for the opposite reason: to defame the feared libertarian ideals by associating them with the Bolshevik dungeon Noam Chomsky
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill
Luddism is no longer with us, but today we seem to be overtaken by its opposite, the inevitability of technological change coupled with the blind belief in capitalism's ability to provide us with all we need. Eddie Clynes
Workers! Leave the Socialist Party. It is your enemy and ours. Communist International; Comintern
The foreign policy of a socialist country is conducted on the basis of the principle of proletarian internationalism and a fundamental element of this principle is the recognition of the right of nations to self-determination. Communist International
You must fight not only against open fascism but also against concealed fascism which parades under the mask of “socialism.” Communist Party
I was a Socialist for two weeks but when a couple of Socialists assured me I had no right to think differently from any other Socialist and then quarreled with each other about what Socialism meant, I ran away. Stephen Crane
Every capitalist is your enemy. Every working man is your friend. Eugene V. Debs
The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. Eugene V. Debs
The ballot can give our civilization its crowning glory—the Cooperative Commonwealth. Eugene V. Debs
Voting for socialism is not socialism any more than a menu is a meal.... Of far greater importance is the economic organization of the working class. Eugene V. Debs
What is socialism? Merely Christianity in action. Eugene V. Debs
Leftist things have done terrible harm to our party in the past … Socialism may be ruined by rightism and may also be ruined by leftism. China must guard against rightism but should mainly guard against leftism. Deng Xiaoping
Becoming a Socialist right now would have just the same effect on anybody as drinking a bottle of near-beer. John Dos Passos
Long live socialism with a human face. Alexander Dubcek
There is nothing in Socialism a little age or a little money will not cure. Will Durant
I believe that for the past twenty years there has been a creeping socialism spreading in the United States. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is within man an ethical feeling ... telling us that in our economic life as well as elsewhere we must seek to promote the welfare of our neighbor and brother. Richard T. Ely
If ... the taking over the tobacco trade by the state was socialistic, Napoleon and Metternich would rank among the founders of Socialism. Friedrich Engels
If experts were usually right, socialism would prevail. George Gilder
The Russian Revolution has demonstrated beyond doubt that the State idea, State Socialism, in all its manifestations ... is entirely and hopelessly bankrupt. Emma Goldman
Many of those who helped to lay the foundations of the trade union movement were men who had been through the experience of Socialism and found their way to sounder policies. Samuel Gompers
Socialism holds nothing but unhappiness for the human race. It destroys personal initiative, wipes out national pride ... and plays into the hands of the autocrats.... Socialism is the end of fanatics, the sophistry of so-called intelligentsia, and it has no place in the hearts of those who would secure and fight for freedom and preserve democracy. Samuel Gompers
Our intention is not to replace socialism by some other system, but to reinforce it. Mikhail Gorbachev
You cannot have socialism without democracy. Mikhail Gorbachev
The Communist is a Socialist in a violent hurry. George W. Gough
Mass action [demonstrations and general strikes] is the instinctive action of the proletariat, gradually developing more conscious and organized forms …. It is extra-parliamentary in method, although political in purpose and result…. Mass action is the proletariat itself in action, dispensing with bureaucrats and intellectuals, acting through its own initiative; precisely this … horrifies the soul of petty bourgeois Socialism. Louis C. Fraina; Lewis Corey
Capital is a result of labor. Henry George
Our boasted freedom necessarily involves slavery, so long as we recognize private property in land. Until that is abolished, Declarations of Independence and Acts of Emancipation are in vain. Henry George
Every one of the leading abolitionists is agitating the negro slavery question merely as a means to obtain their ulterior ends ... a surrender to Socialism and Communism. George Fitzgerald
What is not good for everyone is not good for anyone. Henry Ford
During the 26 years I have spent in the public service I have been guided wholly by these economic formulas [of Marxist Socialism] as a foundation in effectuating policies and in promoting governmental measures. Daniel Webster Hoan
... socialized medicine by the back door. Oveta Culp Hobby
Treaties or international covenants which provide human rights to food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, or old age would transform the United States into a completely socialistic state. Frank Holman
When twenty years ago a vague terror went over the earth and the word socialism began to be heard, I thought and still think that fear was translated into doctrines that had no proper place in the Constitution or the common law. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
When the war [World War I] closed ... we were challenged with a peacetime choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of ... paternalism and State Socialism. Herbert Hoover
A "soft" approach toward the menace of Communism can only lead to national disaster. We cannot defeat Communism with Socialism, nor with secularism, nor with pacifism, nor with appeasement or accommodation. The fight against crime and Communism can be won, and it will be won, but only with the help of every decent American citizen. J. Edgar Hoover
There can be no socialism without democracy. Irving Howe
There are now only a few countries following the socialist ways. We are one of these. Kim Dal Hyon
A struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the Earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. Industrial Workers of the World
The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown Industrial Workers of the World
Ownership is a social function, to be exercised within the objectives of the Society and the plans of the State. Iraq
There can be no liberty for man save in the social appropriation of private capital. Jenn Lyon
Since men are social by nature they are meant to live with others and to work for one another's welfare John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
The nanny state Ian Macleod
Selling the family silver. Harold MacMillan
Marxist literature dealt with wage exploitation, exploitation of women by men, the exploitation of people of color by white peoples, the exploitation of colonial countries by imperialist countries. And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read. Albert Maltz
Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalistic mode of production. Herbert Marcuse
Most corporations are against socialism except when it comes to benefits for themselves Jack Lessenberry
Philosophers have interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it Karl Marx
Socialism appeals to Jews because it embraces the interests of the oppressed. Tomas G. Masaryk
We must live under absolute communism. Christian Metz
Every big company is essentially a socialized health republic, in which the young subsidize the old, and the healthy subsidize the sick—all of whom pay the same [health insurance] premiums for the same plans. Matthew Miller
Champagne Socialist John Mortimer
I contend that true Socialism is religion; that honest, fervent politics are religion; that whatever a man will labour for earnestly and in some measure unselfishly is religion D. H. Lawrence
No less than 50 percent of the means of production must be in the hands of the state. Aleksandr Lebed
The theory of Socialism grew out of the philosophic, historical and economic theories that were elaborated by the educated representatives of the propertied classes, the intellectuals. The founders of modern scientific Socialism, Marx and Engels, belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia. Vladimir Lenin
Under socialism all will govern in turn and we will soon be accustomed to no one governing. Vladimir Lenin
We shall now proceed to construct the socialist order. Vladimir Lenin
Our involvement in this war is treason to the interests of international socialism. Vladimir Lenin
The main tenet of Socialism, namely the community of goods, must be rejected without qualification, for it would injure those it pretends to benefit, it would be contrary to the rights of man, and it would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonwealth. Leo XIII
Free enterprise and the market economy mean war; socialism and planned economy mean peace. We must plan civilization or we must perish. Leo XIII
A new kind of slavery will emerge. It will probably adopt the cruelest form of domination the community could impose upon the individual and the state upon the community. Konstantin N. Leontiev
Capitalism still wants to beat socialism in the end. Li Xiannian
The Free Socialist Republic of Germany Karl Liebknecht
I say, Mr. President, and I say in all seriousness, that those packers in Chicago and those owners of the Standard Oil have done more to advance socialism and anarchism and unrest and agitation than all the socialistic agitators who stand to-day between the oceans. Henry Cabot Lodge
I lose faith in any cooperative, commonwealth; cannot see how, after all, there will be incentives. Jack London; John Griffith London
Christian Socialist Charles Kingsley
Socialist forms of life could find a much easier realization than through the seizure of all industrial property by the State, and the State organization of agriculture and industry. Peter Kropotkin
Prejudices of Political Economists against the Common Ownership in Land Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky; Tchernishevsky
Voting for socialism is not socialism any more than a menu is a meal. Eugene V. Debs
Wisconsin is the fountain source of Progressivism. It is the scene of the chief political success of Socialism. Max Eastman
I will always be on the side of those who have nothing. Federico Garcia Lorca
We must reconquer Spain … We must give Spain a new unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity. … It is necessary to defeat socialism inexorably. We must found a new state, purge the fatherland of judaising Freemasons. … What does it matter if we have to shed blood! … We need full power, and that is what we demand Jose Maria Gil Robles
Inasmuch as the Socialists seek to transfer the goods of private persons to the community at large, they make the lot of all wage earners worse, because in abolishing the freedom to dispose of wages, they take away from them by this very act the hope and the opportunity of increasing their property and of securing advantages for themselves. Leo XIII
… the idiocy of rural life Karl Marx
In the United States of America, where, true enough, the classes already exist, but have not yet acquired permanent character, are in constant flux and reflux, constantly changing their elements and yielding them up to one another Karl Marx
Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand. Karl Marx
The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities,--how can the large majorities beyond parliament be expected not to wish to decide? If, from above, they hear the fiddle screeching, what else is to be expected than that those below should dance? Karl Marx
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. It cannot start upon its work before it has stricken off all superstition concerning the past Karl Marx
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. Karl Marx
A neo conservative is someone who is against communism but will accept big government and socialism. John F. McManus
Spend most of the day reading fascisti pamphlets. They certainly have turned the whole country into an army. From cradle to grave one is cast in the mould of fascismo and there can be no escape…. It is certainly a socialist experiment in that it destroys individuality. It also destroys liberty. Harold Nicolson
The question is very simple. Shall the common man be pushed back in the mud, or shall he not? That was the real issue of the Spanish war. George Orwell
Socialism and democracy are pests. Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
The Spanish Lenin Pravda
Distribution of the wealth of the world is something for which no one sees a practical solution Caetano Veloso
A London retail tradesman with the aims of a Napoleon! A queer monstrosity to be justified only by success. And above all a loop-hole into the socialist party; one of the small body of men with whom I may sooner or later throw in my lot for good and all. Beatrice Potter Webb
… that veiled sister of communism – legalistic socialism Herbert Hoover
It is essential that there be organization of labor…. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. Theodore Roosevelt
All power to the peasant associations! Anonymous
We find in the Word of God, that God made the Earth for the use and comfort of all Mankind, and set him in to till and dresse it, and said, That in the sweat of his brows he should eat his bread; and also we find, that God never gave it to any sort of people, that they should have it all to themselves, and shut out all the rest. but he saith, The Earth hath he given to the children of men, which is every man. Diggers
Between the working class and the capitalist class, there is an irrepressible conflict, a class struggle for life. No glib-tongued politician can vault over it, no capitalist professor or official statistician can argue it away; no capitalist parson can veil it; no labor faker can straddle it; no “reform” architect can bridge it over. It crops up in all manner of ways Daniel DeLeon
Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.” Daniel DeLeon
Inasmuch as great wealth is an instrument which is uniformly used to extort from others their property, it ought to be taken away from its possessor, on the same principle that a sword or a pistol may be wrested from a robber, who shall undertake to accomplish the same effect in a different manner. Daniel DeLeon
Private property is a creature of society, and is subject to the calls of that society, wherever its necessities shall require it… Daniel DeLeon
There is no “equality before the law” possible but between men economically free. Daniel DeLeon
Socialism and communism are now so near each other that there is hardly any difference between them. In the past they differed from each other as does liberalism from democracy Joseph Dietzgen
It is a gross mistake to suppose that ' abolition' is the cause of dissolution between the north and the south. The Cavaliers, Jacobites, and Huguenots of the south naturally hate, contemn, and despise the Puritans who settled the north. The former are master races, the latter a slave race, the descendants of the Saxon serfs George Fitzhugh
The world wants good government and a plenty of it, not liberty. George Fitzhugh
I'm a worker from America. I've been engaged in political agitation for a long time and I've acquired a certain amount of experience. Moisei Markovich Goldstein; Volodarsky
[There should be a] veracious history of all the atrocities and havoc inflicted on our country by its former masters; it must show all the loathsome hatred felt by the beasts of prey who had had their claws cut and their teeth drawn …. It will convince the good-natured and the soft-hearted that a capitalist is no longer a human being, but a creature in which an insane lust for profit has consumed every vestige of humanity. This history must be a record of all the blood shed by the capitalists for the sole purpose of maintaining their accustomed conditions of life, the comfortable, delightful, thoroughly corrupt life of two-legged beasts fattening themselves on other people's strength. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
History would have told them [the people] how half-literate priests taught the working people patience and submission to the "authorities appointed by God"; how peasants were made monks by force and monasteries built with their man-power; how the number of "lay parasites" was swollen and brought into being, in which the peasant worked with a plough and his parasite with a spoon. To increase its power and influence over the ignorant people, the church staged flimsy tricks which it called "miracles," from the boyars it created "saints," men of God--all for the benefit of the authorities. The main task of all churches was one and the same: to impress upon the poor serfs that there was no happiness for them on earth; happiness was prepared for them in heaven, and meanwhile back-breaking toil for some other fellow was pleasing in the sight of God. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
I declare that the Russian revolution is a cultural and constructive movement, the only movement capable of saving Russia from political dissolution Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
The conflict against the mean oppression of poverty is a conflict for the liberation of the world from that net of coarse contradictions in which all men are fiercely and impotently struggling Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
What did the workers and peasants gain when power passed from the kings and nobles to the bankers and manufacturers? Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
Every form of organization that does not allow the masses to rule and to guide for themselves, must need be counter-revolutionary and harmful Herman Gorter
In Western Europe we still have, in many countries, leaders of the type of the Second International; here we are still seeking the right leaders, those that do not try to dominate the masses, that do not betray them; and as long as we do not find these leaders, we want to do all things from below Herman Gorter
It is the curse of the Labor movement that, as soon as it has acquired a certain “power,” it seeks to enlarge this power by unprincipled means. Social-Democracy also was originally “pure” in almost all countries. Most Social-patriots of today were real Marxists. By Marxist propaganda the masses were won, and as soon as the party gained “power,” they [the principled means] were abandoned. Herman Gorter
The starting-point in the brochure is not right. To my idea you are mistaken in your judgment regarding the analogy of the West-European revolution with the Russian one, regarding the conditions of the West-European revolution, that is to say the class-relations- and this leads you to mistake the cause, from which this Left Wing, the opposition, originates …. Therefore the brochure SEEMS to be right, as long as your starting-point is assumed. If, however (as it should be), your starting point is rejected, the entire brochure is wrong. As all your mistaken, and partly mistaken, judgments converge … Herman Gorter
Organize, transport your class antagonisms from the economic sphere, where they are perpetrated against you, where they alone can succeed. Take power, become the master of the state. Then, instead of being subject to capitalist law you will make socialist law. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Wherever the proletariat, organized in a class party- which is to say a party of revolution — can penetrate an elective assembly; wherever it can penetrate an enemy citadel, it has not only the right, but the obligation to make a breach and set up a socialist garrison in the capitalist fortress! Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
To build socialism means not only building gigantic factories and flour mills. This is essential but not enough for building socialism. People must grow in mind and heart. Nadezhda K. Krupskaya
The Socialists are no fomenters of strikes; they know too well that a strike is a two-edged weapon, wounding the proletariat more deeply and more grievously than the capitalist. But, when the strike is declared, they take their part in the fight. They organize and assist the workers, protecting them against the snares of the police and the brutality of the military, and giving them such moral and material support as is in their power Paul Lafargue
It is always a delicate matter for a Socialist to pronounce publicly an opinion on the state and prospects of our movement in another country where there are Socialist organizations. Wilhelm Liebknecht
No nation has ever been more brutally oppressed than the Poles. The divisions of Poland were disgraceful crimes, and cannot be excused … they were always pioneers of culture, and today they would be a defensive rampart of culture; their liberation would harm nobody but the criminals that have erased Poland from the family of states, and would hurt no interests but those of the universal enemy of human progress and freedom. Wilhelm Liebknecht
I must warn the French not to confuse the newspaper clamor with the voice of the English proletariat which, unfortunately for the two countries, Ireland and England, has no echo in the English press. Jenny Marx Longuet
Yes: dictatorship . . . But this dictatorship must be the work of the class and not that of a leading minority in the name of the class; that is to say, it must, step by step, arise from the active participation of the class, remain under its direct influence, and be subordinated to the control of publicity and be the outcome of the political experience of the whole people Rosa Luxemburg
By us, and not for us William Morris
Away with national pride that only raises national hatred August Palm
We don’t want to abolish marriage, but we want marriage to be founded on what it was made for, mutual love and respect, and when there is none left or when it vanishes, so shall the marriage vanish. In short, love and respect shall be the only bonds that keep man and wife together, and when they are broken so shall the marriage end. August Palm
Entire sections of the ruling classes are, by the advance of industry, precipitated into the proletariat, or are at least threatened in their conditions of existence. These also supply the proletariat with fresh elements of enlightenment and progress. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
Since the Russian revolutionary movement finally took the path of open struggle against absolutism, the question of the socialists’ political tasks has become the most vital and most burning question for our party. Because of it people have drifted apart who had been attached to each other by many years of joint practical work, because of it whole groups and organizations have fallen to pieces. It can even be said that all Russian socialists have temporarily been split into two camps supporting diametrically opposite views on “politics”. Extremes were unavoidable in this matter, as always in such cases. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
Every opponent to socialism should consciously investigate if he, when he lived in hopeless poverty and humiliation, also would be an opponent to socialism Wilhelm Roscher
The Constituent Assembly sets for itself as a fundamental task the suppression of all forms of exploitation of man by man and the complete abolition of class distinctions in society. It aims to crush unmercifully the exploiter, to reorganize society on a socialistic basis, and to bring about the triumph of Socialism throughout the world Russia
The government belongs wholly to the toiling masses and their fully empowered representatives, the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers', and Peasants' Deputies. Russia
Men fear the battle of competition in the liberal professions Clara Zetkin
The use of the strong hand is the essential characteristic of Bolshevist activity. This is not ideal, but unavoidable. It may be contrary to the prescriptions of democracy, and yet it subserves the interests of democracy. If, for all who live in Russia, democracy is to become an energy-diffusing socialistic reality, the Bolsheviks cannot escape the necessity of sacrificing, as a transient measure, the rights of certain individuals and of certain social groups. That this should happen is an inevitable feature of historic evolution …. The Bolshevist leaders of revolutionary Russia are engaged in a war of unparalleled significance. Here the moral and political standards of everyday life fail us. On this colossal stage, individual measures and individual phenomena are dwarfed into insignificance. The drama is one of overwhelming historic import, and it must be accepted or rejected as a whole Clara Zetkin
Women constitute a cheap labor force and above all a submissive one that only in the rarest of cases dares to kick against the thorns of capitalist exploitation, the capitalists multiply the possibilities of women’s work in industry. As a result of all this, the proletarian woman has achieved her independence. But verily, the price was very high and for the moment they have gained very little. Clara Zetkin
Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism Friedrich Engels
The socialist proletariat rejects any responsibility for the events being brought about by a blinded, a maddened ruling class …. All responsibility falls to the wielders of power today! It is "to be or not to be!" World-history is the world-court! German Social Democratic Party
The struggle against imperialism develops ever more into the decisive struggle between capital and labor. German Social Democratic Party
God has given me a sign to appoint 7 of you to distribute the goods among the people. Jan Matthys
Peoples, hear the signal! Arise, for the last battle The International Fights for the Rights of Man! No higher being can save us, No God, no Kaiser, nor tribune Saving us from misery we ourselves alone must do! Eugene Pottier
His mission was to root out Demons and Manchus from the face of the earth, and to establish Taiping, the reign of eternal peace. In the meantime, retiring into the depths of his palace, he left the further conduct of earthly operations to his lieutenants, upon whom he bestowed the title of 'Wangs' (kings), while he himself, surrounded by thirty wives and one hundred concubines, devoted his energies to the spiritual side of his mission Giles Lytton Strachey
All schools will operate under the surveillance of the state. In order to obtain for Ottoman citizens an education of a homogenous and uniform character, the officials schools will be open, their instruction will be free, and all nationalities will be admitted. Young Turks; Ismail Enver Pasha; Djemal Ahmed; Talaat Mehmed
Africa has failed to develop because, our leaders opted for socialism and . short-sighted policies of seizing. . .private business wrecked economies by chasing off investors while taking away incentives for local business to flourish Yoweri Museveni
Revolutionary party headed by Council of Workmen-Soldiers' Deputies supported by garrison have taken over government of Moscow including administration post, telegraph. They have closed offices of all conservative newspapers. All relatively quiet. Consulate General will keep the Department fully informed and will take all necessary steps to protect American citizens and their interests. Maddin Summers
The problem is capitalism. The only solution, as difficult as this may be to contemplate at the present time, is socialism. John Bellamy Foster
Every kind of revolutionary work without exception is made very difficult in our country today by persecution from the police, but that does not mean that the white terror has achieved its aim, i.e., that it has “rooted out sedition”. Action calls for counteraction, persecution gives birth to self-sacrifice, and no matter how energetic the reactionary steps taken by the government, the revolutionary will always be able to evade them if only he devotes the necessary amount of energy to that purpose. G. V. Plekhanov
A revolutionary is not the revolution. G. V. Plekhanov
Communism is Western, and alien to everything Arab, having absolutely no connection to Arab history, intellectual traditions, and way of life in either the past or the present Michel Aflaq
If I was asked to define socialism, I would not seek its definition in the texts of Marx or Lenin. I would rather say: it is the religion of life, and the triumph of life over death. By opening the door of employment for everyone, and allowing the gifts and virtues of all human beings to blossom, flower and be fruitful, it preserves what rightfully belongs to life, leaving death nothing but dried meat and rotten bones. Michel Aflaq
If you are a Social Democrat, then you think it's cool to pay taxes. For me, taxation is the finest expression for what politics really is. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
A populist is someone who sees politics from an economic perspective rather than an ideological perspective. I’m a populist. The only thing that really matters is who is gets screwed and who is doing the screwing. Molly Ivins
The ideas of socialism are not modern ideas. Nicolas Sarkozy
What do these enemies of the human race look like? Do they wear on their foreheads a sign so that they may be told, shunned and condemned as criminals? No. On the contrary. They are the respectable ones. They are honored. They call themselves, and are called, gentlemen. What a travesty on the name, Gentlemen! They are the pillars of the state, of the church, of society. They support private and public charity out of the excess of their wealth. They endow institutions. In their private lives they are kind and considerate. They obey the law, their law, the law of property. But there is one sign by which these gentle gunmen can be told. Threaten a reduction on the profit of their money and the beast in them awakes with a snarl. They become ruthless as savages, brutal as madmen, remorseless as executioners. Such men as these must perish if the human race is to continue. There can be no permanent peace in the world while they live. Such an organization of human society as permits them to exist must be abolished Henry Norman Bethune
Make the economy scream. Richard Nixon
Nowhere in interwar Europe did the Communists succeed in establishing a dominant position within the vaster socialist movement. They lost every electoral battle they fought. At best (in Germany in the 1920s and France in the 1930s), they were a minority force of some significance. At worst (in Italy in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s), they were pulverized by right-wing authoritarian regimes. By the late 1930s, the international communist movement was in grave danger. Communism was saved by World War II. Donald Sassoon
No socialist system can be formed without some form of political police – a Gestapo Winston Churchill
Individualism and Socialism Pierre Leroux
We utter afresh the sharpest protest against all efforts and proclamations in favor of annexing foreign territory and of doing violence to the territory of others …. The people desire no annexations. The people desire peace. German Independent Socialist Party
Make the people understand that they will never do anything great, that they will never make revolutions for themselves, for their true happiness, except when there are no rulers involved in any way in their movement: they must not be so distrustful of their own resources, and convince themselves that they, the people, are sufficient to be able to carry out a great undertaking Francois Noel Babeuf; Gracchus
The republican is not the man of eternity, he is the man of time; his paradise is this earth, he wants to enjoy freedom and happiness there, and to enjoy them while he is there, without waiting ... Francois Noel Babeuf
No one, nowadays, pretends that juridical action alone can directly produce any fundamental economic change, but it can certainly put the capitalist in a tight place, and the special advantage of the measures proposed is that they admit of being strengthened or relaxed without violent disturbance of the status quo. E. Belfort Bax
The foreign policy of the great international Socialist party must be to break up these hideous race monopolies called empires E. Belfort Bax
The main cause of trade depressions is over-production that is that want is produced by a glut of commodities. The working classes create during the period when trade is brisk more goods than are required for the market; they thereby forge their own chains, since a reaction ensues, with the result that millions are thrown out of work are deprived of the necessaries of life. E. Belfort Bax
There are some who incline to favor a “minimum wage,” but who “kick at” a “maximum price.” Such surely forget that the capitalist could here just as easily as in the case of a rise in wages compelled by a workmen’s combination, or by any other cause, take his old profits out at the other end by raising the price of the manufactured article. E. Belfort Bax
We would surrender once and for all this chimerical notion of one day of universal rest, and institute three days a week, or if necessary more, as; days of partial rest; i.e., on which the different sections of he community would be freed from labor in turn. In this way each section would be able rely to profit, physically and mentally, by their leisure, inasmuch as they would have the advantage of the labor of the rest of the world just as another day the rest of the world would have the advantage of their labor. E. Belfort Bax
The existence of the: Soviet Republic, side by side with the imperialist states for a long time is unthinkable. One or the other must triumph in the end. Vladimir Lenin
The idea that you have to rent yourself to somebody and follow their orders, and that they own and you work there, and you built it but you don't own it, that's a highly unnatural notion. You don't have to study any complicated theories to see that this is an attack on human dignity. Noam Chomsky
Those who work in the mills should own them Anonymous
I am very distrustful of collectivist ideologies of any kind Seyla Benhabib
Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another’s, but under nature everything belongs to all Baruch Spinoza
An economic failure becomes a radicalizing force only when an alternative exists Tariq Ali
Attired in white, with socialism as bait they set out on a cynical sport… vote hunting. Secularism as fig-leaf, the political bed-switching begins. Gigolos blush. Randeep Wadehra
The Work we are going about is this, To dig up Georges-Hill and the waste Ground thereabouts, and to Sow Corn, and to eat our bread together by the sweat of our brows. Gerrard Winstanley
That we may work in righteousness, and lay the Foundation of making the Earth a Common Treasury for All, both Rich and Poor, That every one that is born in the land, may be fed by the Earth his Mother that brought him forth, according to the Reason that rules in the Creation. Not Inclosing any part into any particular hand, but all as one man, working together, and feeding together as Sons of one Father, members of one Family; not one Lording over another, but all looking upon each other, as equals in the Creation; so that our Maker may be glorified in the work of his own hands. Gerrard Winstanley
Civil Propriety is the Curse, is manifest thus, Those that Buy and Sell Land, and are landlords, have got it either by Oppression, or Murther, or Theft; and all landlords lives in the breach of the Seventh and Eighth Commandements, Thous shalt not steal, nor kill. Gerrard Winstanley
Work together, Eate Bread together, Declare this all abroad. Gerrard Winstanley
England is not a Free People, till the Poor that have no Land, have a free allowance to dig and labour the Commons, and so live as Comfortably as the Landlords that live in their Inclosures. For the People have not laid out their Monies, and shed their Bloud, that their Landlords, the Norman power, should still have its liberty and freedom to rule in Tyranny … Gerrard Winstanley
England, you know, hath been conquered and enslaved divers times, and the best laws that England hath (viz Magna Charta) were got by our forefathers’ importunate petitioning unto the kings, that still were their task-masters; and yet these best laws are yokes and manacles, tying one sort of people to be slaves to another... Gerrard Winstanley
The simple fact is that when I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, always in the same direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades. Whittaker Chambers
In the society of to-day the means of production are a monopoly of the capitalistic class; the dependence of the working classes which results from this is the cause of misery and of servitude in all its forms. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
The socialist labor party of Germany endeavors by every lawful means to bring about a free state and a socialistic society, to effect the destruction of the iron law of wages by doing away with the system of wage labor, to abolish exploitation of every kind, and to extinguish all social and political inequality. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
For the past several years the United Nations has proclaimed Canada to be "The Best Place In The World To Live." But if you value individual and economic liberty, you are not likely to agree…What is it about Canada that the UN sees as especially praiseworthy and, by implication, the model to be emulated by other regimes? Could it be high taxation, centralized power, wealth redistribution between regions, and social engineering? Adam Young
In the service of the people we followed such a policy that socialism would not lose its human face. Alexander Dubcek
If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old. Neil Kinnock
What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody. Spanish Proverb
We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation of the working class from the slave bondage of capitalism. There is no organization, or there seems to be no labor organization, that has for its purpose the same object as that for which you are called together today. The aims and objects of this organization should be to put the working class in possession of the economic power, the means of life, in control of the machinery of production and distribution, without regard to capitalist masters. William Dudley Haywood; Big Bill Haywood
They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy, so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power …. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world … Mohamad Mahathir
Socialism can also practice market economy. Wen Jiabao
Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status, led by a second-world strongman appropriately suited for the task. Stephen Harper
In the United States you have socialism for the rich and free markets for the poor. Adrian Woolridge
I don't like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of 'from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs'. That's socialism. It's written into the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him T. Coleman Andrews
The act … is communistic in its purposes and tendencies and is defended here upon principles as communistic, socialistic—what should I call them—populistic as has ever been addressed in any political assembly in the world. Joseph Hodges Choate
Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs Thomas Jefferson
Even now, after the greatest victory known to history we cannot for one minute forget the basic fact that our country remains the one socialist state in the world. Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin
Socialism makes war upon a system not a class…. Labour should capture power, not destroy it. James Keir Hardie
An idea consisting of a social crime in one age becomes the very religion of humanity in the next Joseph J. Ettor
Does the District Attorney believe . . . that the gallows or guillotine ever settled an idea? If an idea can live, it lives because history adjudges it right. I ask only for justice …. The scaffold has never yet and never will destroy an idea or a movement. …Whatever my social views are, they are what they are. They cannot be tried in this courtroom. Joseph J. Ettor
The major political event of the twentieth century is the death of socialism. Irving Kristol
When Government has a monopoly of all production and all distribution, as many Governments have, it can not permit any economic activity that competes with it. Rose Wilder Lane
As a poodle may have his hair cut long or his hair cut short, as he may be trimmed with pink ribbons or with blue ribbons, yet he remains the same old poodle, so capitalism may be trimmed with factory laws, tenement laws, divorce laws and gambling laws, but it remains the same old capitalism. These “humanitarian parts” are only trimming the poodle. Socialism, one and inseparable with its “antirent and anticapital parts,” means to get rid of the poodle.. Daniel De Leon
It cannot be too strongly insisted that Socialism means but one thing, and that is the abolition of capital in private hands, and the turning over of the industries into the direct control of the workmen employed in them. Anything else is not Socialism, and has no right to sail under that name. Socialism is not the establishment of an eight-hour day, not the abolition of child labor, not the enforcement of the pure food laws, not the putting down of the Night Riders, or the enforcement of the 80-cent gas law. None of these, nor all of them together, are Socialism. They might all be done by the government tomorrow, and still we would not have Socialism. They are merely reforms of the present system. Daniel De Leon
Where savage nations, as in most parts of America, mix with the practice of hunting some species of rude agriculture, they still follow, with respect to the soil and the fruits of the earth, the analogy of their principal object. As the men hunt, so the women labor together; and, after they have shared the toils of the seed-time. they enjoy the fruits of the harvest in common. The field in which they have planted, like the district over which they are accustomed to hunt, is claimed as a property by the nation, but is not parceled in lots to its members. Ferguson of Rath; Adam Ferguson
Shelterless, naked, and hungry, He is exposed to the bleak winds, the cold rains, and hot sun of heaven, with none that love him, none that care for him. His employer hates him because he asks high wages or joins strikes; his fellow laborer hates him because he competes with him for employment…. Let him fare at least as well as the dog, and the horse, and the sheep. Better to be down with the kids and the goats, than stand naked and hungry without. As a slave, he will be beloved and protected. Whilst free, he will be hated, despised, and persecuted. Such is the will of God and order of Providence. It is idle to inquire the reasons. George Fitzhugh
Socialism was embraced by the greater part of the intelligentsia as the apparent heir of the liberal tradition: therefore it is not surprising that to them the idea of socialism's leading to the opposite of liberty should appear inconceivable. Friedrich A. Hayek
I want no one to plead my cause, because I do not wish to defend myself. All that I have done I did with an unflinching will to help destroy the autocratic regime. Leivick Halpern
The Clarion will convert England to Socialism in seven years. British working classes are not fit for Socialism yet. Robert Blatchford
Socialism has collapsed and survives nowhere but in Cuba, China, Vietnam, and on American university campuses Thomas J. DiLorenzo
No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist Pius XI
There are certain domains which are so vital to the well-being of citizens that they must be kept out of the private sector and the law of supply and demand. Marine Le Pen
To grasp the true meaning of socialism, imagine a world where everything is designed by the post office, even the sleaze. P. J. O'Rourke
Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Richard Brodsky
Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Rosa Luxemburg
The modernizing elite in the technologically and economically poor nations responded to colonialism by seizing the power of the state and using it to change their societies, hoping to achieve justice at home and economic and cultural parity abroad. The politics of changing traditional social structures and processes by using state power did not always result in social progress and economic development, but it did lead to state supremacy and autocracy. In the more extreme cases autocratic regimes were transformed to either forward-looking or reactionary totalitarianism-of socialist-Marxist, fascist, or religious-fundamentalist types. These systems clearly failed or are failing. But at the time they were adopted, to many they represented hope and a promise of economic change, distributive justice, and a better future. Mahnaz Afkhami
When forces hostile to socialism seek to reverse the development of any socialist country whatsoever ..., this becomes the concern of all socialist country. Leonid I. Brezhnev
The absorption of all social functions by the State necessarily favored the development of an unbridled, narrow-minded, individualism. Peter Kropotkin
Who, if not the revolutionary intelligentsia, could promote the political development of the working class? G. V. Plekhanov
In the ideal socialist state, power will not attract power freaks. People who make decisions will show no slightest bias towards their own interests. There will be no way for a clever man to bend the institutions to serve his own ends. And the rivers will run uphill. David Director Friedman
The company has always been one of the great mysteries of capitalism: liberals and socialists have never known quite what to think about it. The company is collectivist and co-operative, based on hierarchy, bureaucracy and planning rather than individualism, competition and exchange. Companies appear as little islands of socialism in the market sea. Andrew Gamble
The neglect of the North to take issue with us, or with the Southern Press, in the new positions which we have assumed, our own observations of the working of Northern society, the alarming increase of Socialism, as evinced by its control of many Northern State Legislatures, and its majority in the lower house of Congress, are all new proofs of the truth of our doctrine. George Fitzhugh
Individualism is to collectivism as capitalism is to socialism Khmer Rouge
If we enjoy the benefits of peace, it is only because we have an excellent armed force and a fine socialist economy. Let us exert all efforts so that our further development may be strong and mighty, so that our numerous enemies may think well and long before they decide to attack our country, and so that if they attack, they will quickly regret it. Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov
I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting Swami Vivekananda; Narendra Nath
In the matter of the maintenance and rearing of children the Anarchists would neither institute the communistic nursery which the State Socialists favor nor keep the communistic school system which now prevails. The nurse and the teacher, like the doctor and the preacher, must be selected voluntarily, and their services must be paid for by those who patronize them. Parental rights must not be taken away, and parental responsibilities must not be foisted upon others. Benjamin Tucker
There would be but one article in the constitution of a State Socialistic country: “The right of the majority is absolute.” Benjamin Tucker
State Socialism … may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice. Marx, its founder, concluded that the only way to abolish the class monopolies was to centralize and consolidate all industrial and commercial interests, all productive and distributive agencies, in one vast monopoly in the hands of the State. The government must become banker, manufacturer, farmer, carrier, and merchant, and in these capacities must suffer no competition. Benjamin Tucker
Education is a slow process, and may not come too quickly. Anarchists who endeavor to hasten it by joining in the propaganda of State Socialism or revolution make a sad mistake indeed. They help to so force the march of events that the people will not have time to find out, by the study of their experience, that their troubles have been due to the rejection of competition. If this lesson shall not be learned in a season, the past will be repeated in the future Benjamin Tucker
We cannot clean up the mess in Washington, balance the budget, reduce taxes, check creeping Socialism, tell what is muscle or fat in our sprawling rearmament programs, purge subversives from our State Department, unless we come to grips with our foreign policy, upon which all other policies depend Robert Taft
We might think of prisons as miniature socialist societies, where government is in full control. For that reason, they are a complete failure for everyone but those who get the contracts to build the jails and those who work in them.… In prison, nothing takes place outside the government's purview. The people therein are wholly and completely controlled by state managers, which means that they have no value. And yet it is a place of monstrous chaos, abuse, and corruption. Is it any wonder that people coming out of prison are no better off than before they went in, and are often worse, and scarred for life? Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
All of you, I am sure, have heard many cries about Government interference with business and about "creeping socialism." I should like to remind the gentlemen who make these complaints that if events had been allowed to continue as they were going prior to March 4, 1933, most of them would have no businesses left for the Government or for anyone else to interfere with — and almost surely we would have socialism in this country, real socialism. Harry S Truman
I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways. Alexis de Tocqueville
Socialism is a new form of slavery. Alexis de Tocqueville
Comrade Khrushchev often repeats that Socialism cannot be built with American wheat. I think it can be done by anyone who knows how to do it, while a person who doesn't know how to do it cannot build Socialism even with his own wheat. Khrushchev says we live on charity received from the imperialist countries ... What moral right have those who attack us to rebuke us about American aid or credits when Khrushchev himself has just tried to conclude an economic agreement with America? Josip Broz Tito
I knew that many things were wrong... I witnessed a great many injustices... But it was my revolutionary duty at the time not to criticize and not to help alien propaganda [against the Soviet Union], for at that time it was the only country where a revolution had been carried out and where Socialism had been built. I considered that propaganda should not be made against that country; that my duty was to make propaganda in my own country for Socialism. Josip Broz Tito
In the new, socialist Yugoslavia the existing equality of rights for all nationalities has made it impossible for one national group to impose economic exploitation upon another. That is because hegemony of one national group over another no longer exists in this country. Any such hegemony must inevitably bring with it, to some degree or other, in one form or another, economic exploitation; and that would be contrary to the principles upon which socialism rests. Only economic, political, cultural, and universal equality of rights can make it possible for us to grow in strength in these tremendous endeavours of our community. Josip Broz Tito
The role of the Communist Party today lies in the necessity for keeping a sharp lookout to see that national chauvinism does not appear and develop among any of the nationalities. The Communist Party must always endeavor, and does endeavor, to ensure that all the negative phenomena of nationalism disappear and that people are educated in the spirit of internationalism. Josip Broz Tito
Our present two-party system lives on the strength of organization rather than of principle. Both parties belong to the same general set of masters who pay their bills. Norman Thomas
Among other things the Russian experiment, no less than the experience of Socialist parties in Western Europe which have got some degree of power, shows clearly that not even the most cataclysmic revolution can create overnight those habits of mind and that social machinery necessary to the successful functioning of a new social order. Norman Thomas
We must take from the right nationalism without capitalism and from the left socialism without internationalism. Gregor Strasser
Tampering with the market system to redistribute the wealth or assure that the poor are protected is labeled "socialism." By these standards Jesus was a socialist. David Chandler
…sharing out of the goods of others is the theft under the banner of equality. Jean Bodin
…set bounds to the quest of wealth… Horace
In one day he [Lycurgus] eradicated from Sparta all wealth and sumptuousness; he put together all the property of all the inhabitants, then divided it equally among them; he prohibited the use of money and all the activities for which wealth is sought: sumptuous display, banquets, many servants, luxurious clothes and fine houses. Francesco Guicciardini
Restrict the right of the rich to buy up any anything and everything, and then to exercise a kind of monopoly. Thomas More
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. John Steinbeck
Socialism is a return to primitive conditions. Henry Morton Stanley
I would like to see the word 'nationalization' banned from the socialist vocabulary. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw
The object of Socialism is not to render the individual capable of living on his personal resources. That is the theory of radical individualism. Its object is to create in him a greater and greater sense of his dependence upon the state, and, at the same time, to inculcate in him the conviction that he is a part of it and that he has a duty and responsibility toward the state; and that only in so far as he fulfills this duty can he benefit by the advantages of a complete personal and social life. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw
It is time to realize that neither socialism, nor friendship, nor good-neighborliness, nor respect can be produced by bayonets, tanks or blood Eduard Shevardnadze
Although the socialist economies, including those led by communist parties in various parts of the world, have been beset by economic and political problems (including oppression), the aims and objectives that have previously attracted people towards socialism remain still important as they were fifty years ago. The concepts of social justice are also constantly re-emerged after they were weakened by the difficulties encountered in implementing various projects. Amartya Sen
The capitalist process shapes things and souls for socialism. Joseph A. Schumpeter
I shall die ... as I have lived, rationalist, socialist, pacifist, and humanitarian. Henry Stephens Salt
Reformers of all classes must recognize that it is useless to preach peace by itself, or socialism by itself, or anti-vivisection by itself, or vegetarianism by itself, or kindness to animals by itself. The cause of each and all of the evils that afflict the world is the same the general lack of humanity, the lack of the knowledge that all sentient life is akin, and that he who injures a fellow-being is in fact doing injury to himself. The prospects of a happier society are wrapped up in this despised and neglected truth, the very statement of which, at the present time, must … appear ridiculous to the accepted instructors of the people. Henry Stephens Salt
The capitalist world could not help giving birth to the socialist, but now the socialist world should not seek to destroy by force the ground from which it grew. Under the present conditions this would be tantamount to the suicide of mankind. Socialism should ennoble that ground by its example and other indirect forms of pressure and then merge with it. Andrei Sakharov
The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each. James Fenimore Cooper
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. William Howard Taft
The people weren't quite ready for a socialist production system. Gus Hall
… creeping collectivism Herbert Hoover
We adopt no slogan but we embrace everything which seems good to us, whether it be labeled communism, socialism or capitalism.... Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Today, a socialized China is standing toweringly in the Eastern World Hu Jintao
I would dream of writing in a dictionary for the year 2000: 'Socialism, masculine noun, a cultural genre born in Paris in 1848, died in Paris in 1968.' Bernard-Henri Levy
Even in the United States, 'you have a sort of welfare state, even if you don't want to admit it -- you don't allow people to die on the street. Joschka Fischer
As an ideologically based movement, socialism is no longer vital. Today it's a combination of democracy, rule of law and the welfare state, and I'd say a vast majority of Europeans defend this -- the British Tories can't touch the National Health Service without being beheaded. Joschka Fischer
Center-right parties have embraced or absorbed many of the ideas of socialism: trade unions, generous welfare benefits, some form of nationalized health care, even restrictions on carbon emissions. The right argues that it can manage all these programs more efficiently than the left, and some want to shrink them, but only on the fringes is there talk of actually dismantling the welfare state. Steve J. Erlanger
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Winston Churchill
A respect for the rights of other people to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it. Eleanor Roosevelt
The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise. Mark Twain
There are neither mendicants no paupers as long as there are any rich people among them. Their kindness, humanity, and courtesy not only make them liberal with what they have, but cause them to possess hardly anything except in common. A whole village must be without corn before any individual can be obliged to endure privation Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
… socialism is not a system for redistributing wealth but a system to control people and competitors Gary Allen
The Socialist movement is the abolitionist movement of the 20th century. Meyer London
Today, “socialism” … is just an all purpose term of abuse. Eric Foner
To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size. The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern. I do not suppose that Henry Ford would find much difficulty in running Andorra or Luxembourg on a socialistic basis. He has already more men on his pay-roll than their population. It is conceivable that a syndicate of Fords, if we could find them, would make Belgium Ltd. or Denmark Inc. pay their way. But while nationalization of certain industries is an obvious possibility in the largest of states, I find it no easier to picture a completely socialized British Empire or United States than an elephant turning somersaults or a hippopotamus jumping a hedge. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Nothing could be less intelligent than to assume, as many respectable persons still manage to do, that the forms of agitation which are popularly summed up in the terms socialism, anarchism, feminism, and pacifism are mere eccentricities of unbalanced minds, seeking to cloak their hatred of restraint and their cowardice under theories of social regeneration. James Harvey Robinson
We have not the slightest sympathy with that socialistic idea which would try to put laziness, thriftlessness and inefficiency on a par with industry, thrift and efficiency Theodore Roosevelt
… the supporters of Bolshevism have been hammering it into the masses that dictatorship is a vital necessity for the defense of the so-called proletarian interests against the assaults of counter-revolution and for paving the way for Socialism. They have not advanced the cause of Socialism by this propaganda, but have merely smoothed the way for Fascism … Rudolph Rocker
A basic contradiction between socialism and the market economy does not exist. Deng Xiaoping
The factory workers say that it’s impossible to do anything right. If you arrive five minutes early you are a saboteur; if you arrive five minutes late you are betraying socialism; if you arrive on time they say, "Where did you get the watch? Anonymous
Socialism and Communism both demand a degree of joint effort and administration which would beget more regulation than is wholly consistent with ideal Anarchism; Individualism and Mutualism … Voltairine de Cleyre
Socialism is a wonderful form of government until you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher
The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution. Ludwig von Mises
If history could prove and teach us anything, it would be that private ownership of the means of production is a necessary requisite of civilization and material well-being. . . . Only nations committed to the principle of private property have risen above penury and produced science, art and literature. Ludwig von Mises
I was born in Cuba and I have a fear of anything that goes far left. I have seen the results of that. Carlos M. Gutierrez
If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs. James Connolly
if you hope at this juncture to cut the Gordian knots of socialism and communism by appealing to the center of Western capitalism, you will, far from remedying any of the ills of your society, commit a mistake which those to come will have to erase. For if Marxism has come to a deadlock in its social and economic policies, capitalism has also bogged down. Ruhollah Khomeini
I swear by Christ---the greatest socialist in history. Hugo Chavez
… when so many people seem to be beset by fears of socialism and communism, it seems particularly important that the workers of our country should have an opportunity to study the labor movement and the economic problem of the day. Only through understanding can they be expected to look at questions in a comprehensive way. Our great difficulty in the past has always been that individual groups only see their own point of view and could not understand the situation as a whole.… Those who are interested in the future development of this country must be interested in the education of the workers. Eleanor Roosevelt
I don’t see why we have to let a country go Marxist just because its people are irresponsible. Henry A. Kissinger
What is the difference between democracy and democratic socialism? The same as between a chair and an electric chair. Anonymous
Much of the animus toward the Soviet Union within the American political establishment is political hypocrisy born of an ideological inability to acknowledge the success of socialist economics? Harry Dexter White
Russia is the first instance of socialist economy in action. And it works. Harry Dexter White
When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself. Buddha
Today, I see that many of our citizens are not free. They are dependent. George Papandreou
I don’t have anything against the rich. I just want some of their money to pay for essential services. George Papandreou
In Russia, the time of pogroms has passed once and for all. The strength of the workers and socialism there is much to strong for that … I can sooner imagine pogroms against Jews in Germany. Rosa Luxemburg
There is no future for socialism by dictatorship. It has to be by consent. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
We want industry to be in the public sector, to change the power structure of our society...We have not yet carved out of public enterprise a wide enough area of management decision which ought properly to be brought within the ambit of the workers themselves. Tony Benn; Anthony Wedgewood
Either the USSR was not the country of socialism, in which case socialism didn't exist anywhere and doubtless, wasn't possible: or else, socialism was that, this abominable monster, this police state, the power of beasts of prey. Jean-Paul Sartre
Our only crime consisted of decreeing our own laws and applying them to all without exception. Our crime is having enacted an agrarian reform which effected the interests of the United Fruit Company. Our crime is wanting to have our own route to the Atlantic, our own electric power and our own docks and ports. Our crime is our patriotic wish to advance, to progress, to win economic independence to match our political independence. We are condemned because we have given our peasant population land and rights. Jacobo Arbenz Guzman
Anarchists are real enemies of Marxism Joseph Stalin
Comrade Stalin showed us how to build socialism in a backward country: it's painful to begin with, but afterwards everything turns out just fine. Hafizullah Amin
Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
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
Global warming is socialism in drag. Steve Forbes
This is mere socialism. Every Socialist and Communist in the country has been supporting the proposed legislation since it was first dreamed up and submitted to Congress. Richard B. Russell Jr.
We should not work to destroy the capitalist system of production without establishing at the same time a socialist organization that can produce goods at least as efficiently. Otto Bauer
It was impossible to govern the industrial sector in opposition to the workers … it was equally impossible to govern the great agrarian sector in opposition to the peasants. Otto Bauer
Present day American capitalism—for all our misgivings about it—at least leaves room for free institutions to flower and survive. Socialist Commentary
For the working class of the world the choice is simple, either to take the organized political action necessary to introduce Socialism or to continue with capitalism. The one thing that cannot be had is to impose on the capitalist jungle some socially acceptable and satisfying wages policy. Socialist Party of Great Britain
The USA is a better form of society than the USSR… To reject America as a capitalist country and to treat the Soviet Union as an example of socialist planning is to make nonsense of every one of our ideals. Richard Crossman
… the unfortunate but inevitable connection between the word “socialism” and the unmitigated crucifixion of Civil Liberties in the East [Eastern Europe dominated by the Russian Communist Party. Donald Sassoon
It is not right to speak of the Socialist countries (and even the Soviet Union) as if everything always went well in them … In actual fact, in all the Socialist countries, difficulties, contradictions and new problems, which must be presented to their effective reality, are arising all the time. Palmiro Togliatti
Every socialist recognizes the dependence of the workingman on the capitalist. August Bebel
The thing I have learned this year is that any improvement in the great mass of women is only possible through socialism… Bertrand Russell
Freedom for woman … can only be freedom for the middle-class woman … Socialism and feminism if they can be parallel social tendencies, cannot be one cause. Anna Kuliscioff
The women’s movement is at heart revolutionary for it aims at a fundamental reorganization of all forms of human living together, a reorganization that perhaps Social Democracy does not even dream of. Anna Kuliscioff
What Capital wants … is what this Socialist Government does. Georges Marchais
Over there, in the East [Eastern Europe & Russia] they would … like to see us build socialism as they like it. But over here, in the West, some people don’t even want to let us start building it, even if we do so respecting freedom. I realize that this is a little risky on our part to pursue a road that is not always appreciated either over here or over there. Enrico Berlinguer
When capitalism changes, so must socialism. Donald Sassoon
We socialists live to some extent in symbiosis with capitalism. Olof Palme
Whatever has been done in Western Europe to bring about more justice, more security, more educational opportunities, more welfare and more state responsibility for the poor and the helpless, could never has been achieved without the pressure if socialist ideologies and socialist movements, for all their naiveties and illusions. Leszek Kolokowski
Am I allowed to suggest that we owe much to these stubborn and sectarian people, those indefatigable strikers who take over our factories and bring disorder to our streets, these obstinate creatures who ceaselessly fought for reforms while fantasizing of the Revolution, these Marxists who, marching against the current of History, disturbed the complacent sleep of capitalism? … Communism is dead. Let us rejoice. Jean-Denis Bredin
Global banking’s current structure generates an unjust distribution of risks, where losses are socialized. Felix Martin
I don't like the spirit of socialism – I think freedom is the basis of everything. Bertrand Russell
I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the factor of individual interest, and gain, from people's psychological motivations. Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn't interested in this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never be a revolutionary way of life. Che Guevara
We have shown that socialism is an incoherent combination of thesis and antithesis, which contradict and destroy one another. Catholicism, on the contrary forms a great synthesis which includes all things in its unity, and infuses them in its sovereign harmony Juan Donoso Cortes
It is not national interests we are upholding — we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. We are defenders of the socialist fatherland. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Charles Abrams
The Italian Government by a … system of favors and grants sought to win over the masses affected with Socialism … Roberto Cantalupo
Socialism has not struck root very deeply in the United States, the very heart of the capitalist world, and that the workers there have not yet succeeded in organizing an independent political party on the English model. Emile Vandervelde
The landed proprietors as a class are little qualified to pass judgment as to the real and the fictitious in certain social phenomena; on the other hand, they are naturally inclined to follow any conservative tendency, afraid as they are of a return of serious disorders .... The great industrialists were not thinking of combatting Bolshevism, which they knew very well did not threaten them any longer; they were up in arms against the socialist, or socializing, spirit of reform which had been gradually developing in the first twenty years of this century Carlo Sforza
The most radical, one might even say Socialistic leader the United States ever produced. Edwin O. Reischauer
English labor and Continental socialism do not speak at all the same language. Such differences in terminology are the external expression of differences that strike deeper and are due to the various social environments in which contemporary socialism has been formed and developed. Emile Vandervelde
Socialism is that policy or theory which aims at securing by the action of the central democratic authority a better distribution, and in due subordination thereunto a better production, of wealth than now prevails. Encyclopedia Britannica
A due regard for individual property rights does not preclude assigning the state its share in national resources. Edouard Herriot
The League of Nations seemed to us the embryo of a future international organization; and for the struggle against the internationales, whether Socialistic or Communist, it offered the best possible instrument. It was a great blow to us when the United States refused to become a party to these hopes. Edouard Herriot
1918-20 was an epoch of unremitting effort to communize peasant Russia. Storm centers were created in the villages in the form of Committees of the Poor; the well-to-do peasant was to be displaced by the ne'er-do-well and the rural proletariat. A socialistic system of agriculture, with Communes and Soviet farms as features of the plan, was finally to link up rural production with the nationalized industries of the cities. Most important of all, a confiscatory socialistic tax was established ….. The peasant was allowed to retain only a certain minimum of his crop and compelled to deliver the remainder to the state. This was to be his contribution to the Worker's Republic which was supposed to have given him "peace and land.” The scheme proved to be a complete failure. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
No country whatsoever, big or small, can build socialism by taking credits and aid from the bourgeoisie and the revisionists or by integrating its economy into the world system of capitalist economies. Any such linking of the economy of a socialist country with the economy of bourgeois or revisionist countries opens the doors to the actions of the economic laws of capitalism and the degeneration of the socialist order. This is the road of betrayal and the restoration of capitalism, which the revisionist cliques have pursued and are pursuing. Enver Hoxha
The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery. Eugene V. Debs
The working class must be emancipated by the working class., Woman must be given her true place in society by the working class. Child labor must be abolished by the working class. Society must be reconstructed by the working class. The working class must be employed by the working class ., The fruits of labor must be enjoyed by the working class. War, bloody war, must be ended by the working class. Eugene V. Debs
Ignorance alone stands in the way of socialist success… Intellectual darkness is essential to industrial slavery. Eugene V. Debs
I certainly am socialistic, but I am not a socialist Lincoln Steffens
The American does not want to listen to socialism because he thinks he already has it. Leon Samson
Historically speaking, Socialism has already shown itself in England in the extension of State interference. It has produced the Factory Laws, and it is now beginning to advance further and interfere directly in the division of produce between the workmen and their employers. Arnold J. Toynbee
The America that boomed in the mid-20th century was a place where the state demanded that male citizens surrender years of their lives to national service, where the top income tax hovered between 70 and 94 percent, and where commercial banks were prohibited from investment banking. It was a veritable socialist paradise compared to the America of today. Mohsin Hamid
The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system …. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph. Mao Zedong
complex marriage John Humphrey Noyes
The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward Tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were often explicitly racist—such as the national origins quotas of the 1924 U.S. Immigration Act—the restrictions were also motivated by bona fide national security concerns, as well as a desire to protect native wages and welfare states from immigrant competition and foreign dependents. Nathan Smith
As free-market champion Friedrich Hayek saw it, guarenteeing everyone a subsistance income was the moral precondition for opposing broader socialist schemes to equalize income. For Milton Fried, it was an opportunity to eleminate expensive layers of government bureaucracy. Stephen Pearlstein
Clearly the tenets of capitalism are deeply and fundamentally misunderstood… At the same time that young people are rejecting capitalism and free markets, they celebrate entrepreneurs and free enterprise. This disconnect is at best confusing; at worst it’s troubling. Warren Stephens
The appropriate role of government is to provide the framework that allows capital to flow freely, in accord with the law of supply and demand. That is how jobs, businesses and wealth are created. The government would have no money to distribute or spend without the tax revenue generated from the jobs and businesses that are the fruit of our capitalist system. Warren Stephens
Many of the most privilege-conscious see capitalism as an evil economic regime and think of freedom only as a propaganda term thrown about by neoconservatives. To them, capitalism is the bogeyman hiding behind all of our societal ills, and freedom is an ideal used purely to justify global abuse. If someone lives in a country graced by low levels of poverty, legitimate democratic elections, and a press that publicizes the plight of the governed, yet they wish to abolish markets and live in something more akin to a Communist state, they should check their privilege. Tristan Flock
Learning from history is impossible if the narrative is wrong. Mary Anastasia O’Grady