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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.

George Orwell, author

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill, politician

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill, politician

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

Hubert H. Humphrey, politician

Democracy is the road to socialism.

Karl Marx, economist

Socialism values equality more than liberty.

Dennis Prager, journalist

The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.

Norman Mailer, novelist

The goal of socialism is communism.

Vladimir Lenin, leader

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

Thomas Sowell, economist

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.

Earl Warren, judge

Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.

Oswald Spengler, philosopher

Socialism means slavery.

Lord Acton, historian

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.

Karl Marx, economist

From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.

Karl Marx, economist

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.

Benito Mussolini, prime minister

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

William Howard Taft, president

National Socialism stands or falls by its Weltanschauung.

Alfred Rosenberg, soldier

Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.

Deng Xiaoping, leader

Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

The slaves of socialism are slaves, but they are no one's property and therefore no one's loss.

George Reisman, economist

Socialism is Bolshevism with a shave.

'Detroit Journal',

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.

Jane Addams, activist

More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.

Mikhail Gorbachev, statesman

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

Vladimir Lenin, leader

The failure of Socialism since 1945 is that whilst encouraging us all, the creators of wealth, to produce less through strikes, it has caused us all to demand a higher level of our own product.

Brian Harris,

National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.

Martin Bormann, soldier

First, then, State Socialism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism.

Hugo Chavez, statesman

Real socialism is inside man. It wasn't born with Marx. It was in the communes of Italy in the Middle Ages. You can't say it is finished.

Dario Fo, playwright

The only differences one can and should allow in socialism are between hard working people and idlers and between honest people and dishonest people.

Slobodan Milosevic, president

We aim in the domain of politics at republicanism; in the domain of economics at socialism; in the domain of what is today called religion, at atheism.

August Bebel, politician

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism, necessary only in backward countries.

John McCarthy, politician

Socialism is practical, in the best sense of the term; a living, vital force of inestimable value to society.

Daniel De Leon, activist

For us, Marxism is always open because there are always new xperiences, there are always new facts, including facts about the past, which have to be incorporated in the corpus of scientific socialism.

Ernest Mandel, author

Socialism appeals to better classes and has far more strength. Attack the state and you excite feelings of loyalty even among the disaffected classes; but attack the industrial system and appeal to the state, and you may have loyalty in your favor.

John Bates Clark, economist

When I talked to my medical friends about the strange silence on this subject in American medical magazines and textbooks, I gained the impression that here was a subject tainted with Socialism or with feminine sentimentality for the poor.

Alice Hamilton, scientist

There are a few people, but a diminishing number, who still believe that Marxism, as an economic system, off era a coherent alternative to capitalism, and socialism has, indeed, triumphed in one country.

Herbert Read, poet

It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one.

Herbert Read, poet

I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come.

John Burns, activist

I must firmly adhere to the views I have held and practice, that Socialism to succeed must be practical, tolerant, cohesive and consciously compromising with Progressive forces running, if not so far, in parallel lines towards its own goal.

John Burns, activist

As the egalitarianism of Marxism is attractive to many, socialism could have attracted many followers in America, anyway. But there is no doubt that it could not possibly have affected us so widely and so deeply as it has, had it not been heavily financed.

B. Carroll Reece, politician

We approach closer and closer to socialism.

B. Carroll Reece, politician

The 19th century was the age of Individualism; the 20th and 21st are the ages of Socialism.

Francis Parker Yockey, writer

And what always struck me about that war period was how even Churchill had to talk socialism to keep up people's morale.

Barbara Castle, politician

No one should suffer from the great delusion that any form of communism or socialism which promotes the dictatorship of the few instead of the initiative of the millions can produce a happier or more prosperous society.

Charles E. Wilson, businessman

The rise of National Socialism is the protest of a people against a State that denies the right to work.

Gregor Strasser, soldier

Socialism also brings us up against the hard rock of eugenic fact which, if we neglect it, will dash our most beautiful social construction to fragments.

Havelock Ellis, psychologist

The problem with K-12 education is socialism and the solution is capitalism.

Peter Brimelow, journalist

The two principles referred to are Authority and Liberty, and the names of the two schools of Socialistic thought which fully and unreservedly represent one or the other of them are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

I have the feeling that this Moscow Pact will at some time or other exact vengeance upon National Socialism.

Alfred Rosenberg, soldier

Almost the only persons who may be said to comprehend even approximately the significance, principles, and purposes of Socialism are the chief leaders of the extreme wings of the Socialistic forces, and perhaps a few of the money kings themselves.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

For, just as it has been said that there is no half-way house between Rome and Reason, so it may be said that there is no half-way house between State Socialism and Anarchism.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to the description of society as it should be, and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.

Benjamin Tucker, activist

Liberal democracy - as you know, in the old days, we were saying we want socialism with a human face. Today's left effectively offers global capitalism with a human face, more tolerance, more rights and so on. So the question is, is this enough or not? Here I remain a Marxist: I think not.

Slavoj Zizek, philosopher

I think you hear, at least as an undertone, and it's going to grow louder, is that we believe that capitalism is the mantra of the day and anything that creeps towards socialism is a problem.

Tim Scott, politician

Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.

Richard John Neuhaus, writer

Socialism is simply Communism for people without the testosterone to man the barricades.

Gary North, writer

The first issue to be settled is whether socialism has a right to exist Are its allegations concerning the present system true? Is industry proceeding on a principle of fraud? I wish to test the power of recent economic theory to give an exact answer to this question.

John Bates Clark, economist

We can't afford to go down the dead end roads of Parliamentary Socialism or Fascistic Bolshevism.

John Blair, politician

Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a good thing to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns.

Thomas Sowell, economist

The left is back, and it's the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us. Socialism builds and capitalism destroys.

Hugo Chavez, statesman

The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.

Lyn Nofziger,

Now that the day of reckoning has arrived, they cry socialism!

Elizabeth A. Sherman, educator

Socialism? We've had way too much of it already.

Steve Steckler,

Now a great debate has been born. The thesis is Democratic Socialism. The antithesis is free-market capitalism. The Obama Democrats have posed the challenge. It is now up to the Republicans to pick it up and fight along these lines.

Dick Morris, author

I suppose not everyone has a dad who wrote a book saying he didn't believe in the Parliamentary road to socialism.

Ed Miliband, politician

It's time to replace career politicians with citizen's politicians. It's time to elect people who are going to stand up to the Washington elite and stand up to a White House and Congress hell-bent on ramming socialism down our throat.

Christine O'Donnell, politician

What if the Soviet intervention was a blessing in disguise? It saved the myth that if the Soviets were not to intervene, there would have been some flowering authentic democratic socialism and so on. I'm a little bit more of a pessimist there. I think that the Soviets - it's a very sad lesson - by their intervention, saved the myth.

Slavoj Zizek, philosopher

I think it's very clear that the American people are frustrated with this move toward socialism. And so whether you're back or white, if you believe that the conservative construct is in the best interest of our future, than you too would be voting with Republicans, and if you had the opportunity to run you'd join us as well.

Tim Scott, politician

Is Medicare socialism? You want to get rid of Medicare. And a lot of the people against health care do. I want to preserve it and grow it.

Anthony Weiner, politician

I belonged to the generation that grew up under National Socialism, and was blinded and led astray - and allowed itself to be led astray.

Gunter Grass, author

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.

Margaret Thatcher, leader

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville, historian

I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.

Roger Nash Baldwin, activist

The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?

H. G. Wells, author

I can only say, think of me what you will, I have worked for thirty years in the Party, and my whole family has devoted everything to the affairs of the Party, the affairs of socialism.

Alexander Dubcek, politician

The Jews are the enemy of National Socialism.

Arthur Seyss-Inquart, soldier

Neither an ox nor a donkey is able to stop the progress of socialism.

Erich Honecker, politician

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.

Jacques Delors, economist

Socialism is undoubtedly in the throes of a crisis greater than at any time since 1917. The last half of 1989 saw the dramatic collapse of most of the communist party governments of Eastern Europe.

Joe Slovo,

But Socialism, alone, can bring self-determination of their peoples.

Karl Liebknecht,

Capitalism is war; socialism is peace.

Karl Liebknecht,

International socialism recognizes the right of free independent nations, with equal rights.

Karl Liebknecht,

This old Germany was partly defeated in its conflict with the progressive ideas of socialism, for it had given the people nothing that could serve as a successful alternative to socialism.

Gustav Stresemann, politician

Marxism conceives of the new system of socialism as the necessary outcome of all previous history made possible and necessary only by that previous history.

Earl Browder, activist

Socialism is nothing more nor less than the social, political and ideological system which breaks the fetters upon economic growth created under capitalism and opens the way to a new period of economic and social expansion on a much larger scale.

Earl Browder, activist

The working class will not halt until socialism has been realized.

Ernst Toller, playwright

To pursue a so-called Third Way is foolish. We had our experience with this in the 1960s when we looked for a socialism with a human face. It did not work, and we must be explicit that we are not aiming for a more efficient version of a system that has failed.

Vaclav Klaus, statesman

When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Vladimir Lenin, leader

In the past 20 years and more since China embarked on the road of reform and opening up, we have moved steadfastly to promote political restructuring and vigorously build democratic politics under socialism.

Jinato Hu,

In socialism, private property is anathema, and equal distribution of income the first consideration. In capitalism, private property is cardinal, and distribution left to ensue from the play of free contract and selfish interest on that basis, no matter what anomalies it may present.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

Socialism never arises in the earlier phases of capitalism, as, for instance, among the pioneers of civilisation in a country where there is plenty of land available for private appropriation by the last comer.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

The only fundamental and possible socialism is the socialisation of the selective breeding of man.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.

Margaret Thatcher, leader

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

Nelson Mandela, statesman

In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.

David Horowitz, writer

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