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Adams, Phelps
Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: "No man should have so much." The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: "All men should have as much."

Amiel, Barbara  
We have spent like drunken sailors in order to fill the sense of 'entitlement' that our weak-tea socialism has created. We have become a country of feuding special-interest groups in which envy and resentment play more than their natural roles...

Dec. 23, 1991 - from her column in Maclean's Magazine
Arendt, Hannah
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

1968 - from On Revolution
Bakatin, Vadim
Making capitalism out of socialism is like making eggs out of an omelet.

Bastiat, Frederic
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

1850 - from The Law
Berger, Peter L.
Income distribution is a function of modern economic growth, and is affected to only a limited degree by the institutional arrangements and policies of a society. Capitalism, then, does not come out very well in the perspective of [the value placed on equality]. But neither does socialism, or any presently existent or plausibly imagined form of societal organization. Those for whom equality is a paramount value would thus be well advised to cease blaming or defending either of the two major contemporary systems [viz. capitalism and socialism] for the existing state of affairs. Their concern would logically lead to an overall critique of modernity and to the practical question as to how modernization could be reversed or at least modified.

1987 - from The Capitalist Revolution, Gower, Aldershot
The critics of capitalism are right when they reject policies that accept hunger today while promising affluence tomorrow ... the critics of socialism are right when they reject policies that accept terror today on the promise of a humane order tomorrow.

1974 - from Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change, Allen Lane, London
Black, Conrad Moffat  
'Caring and compassion' really meant socialism, wealth confiscation and redistribution, taking money from people who had earned it and giving it to people who had not earned it in exchange for their votes and in the name of fairness. Here, truly, Canada has vastly exceeded the United States... 'Caring and compassion,' however well-intentioned, would more accurately be called plundering and bribery... For decades, too many of our business leaders mouthed self-reliant and ruggedly individualistic platitudes while lining up for government preferments like the locusts of feminism and multiculturalism, and the kleptocracy of organized labor.

May 22, 1992 - from a column in the Financial Post
Boyd Orr, John
If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches, they will take sandwiches.

Brown, Jerry
 The government is becoming the family of last resort.




Buckley, William F.
Socialize the individual's surplus and you socialize his spirit and creativeness; you cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab of paint to a thousand painters.

from Up From Liberalism
Butt, Ronald
Socialism requires constant expropriation as a condition of its survival: it needs a perpetual process of intervention against individual actions. It demands in practice a kind of dictatorship.

1985 - from an essay in the London Times
Churchill, Sir Winston
My friends, I must tell you that a socialist policy is abhorrent to the British ideas of freedom. Although it is now put forward in the main by people who have a good grounding in the liberalism and radicalism of the early part of this century, there can be no doubt that socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state. It is not alone that property, in all its forms, is struck at; but that liberty, in all its forms, is challenged by the fundamental conceptions of socialism.

1945 - from a pre-election radio broadcast
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.

There can be no doubt that socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state. ... A free Parliament is odious to the socialist doctrinaire.

1945
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

Socialism would gather all power to the supreme party and party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants no longer servants, no longer civil.

1946 - from a speech in the British parliament
de Tocqueville, Alexis
Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. 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.

Drew, George  
Liberalism is socialism in a silk hat.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo



Gummer, John
Every society suffers if the State seeks to restrain the most able in order to promote some egalitarian myth. The proof is manifest from Czechoslovakia to Guinea Conakry. That is why, all over the world, socialism is in retreat.

1987 - from an essay published in The Sunday Telegraph
Havel, Vaclav
Communism was overthrown by life, by thought, by dignity.

1992 - from Summer Meditations
Hayek, Friedrich
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.

Socialism has never and nowhere been at first a workingclass movement. It is by no means an obvious remedy for the obvious evil which the interests of that class will necessarily demand. It is a construction of theorists, deriving from certain tendencies of abstract thought with which for a long time only the intellectuals were familiar; and it required long efforts by the intellectuals before the working classes could be persuaded to adopt it as their program.

1949 - from The Intellectuals and Socialism
Hazlitt, Henry
Every ... leftist calls himself a liberal! ... We are the true adherents of liberty. Both words--liberal and liberty--come from the same root. We are the ones who believe in limited government, in the maximization of liberty for the individual and the minimization of coercion to the lowest point compatible with law and order. It is because we are true liberals that we believe in free trade, free markets, free enterprise, private property in the means of production; in brief, that we are for capitalism and against socialism. Yet this is the philosophy, the true philosophy of progress, that is now called not only conservatism, but reaction, the Radical Right, extremism...

Nov. 29, 1964 - from "Reflections at 70", a speech to friends and admirers at the New York University Club on his 70th birthday
Hitler, Adolf
 Let them own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the Party, is supreme over them regardless of whether they are owners or workers.

from a letter to Herman Rauschning, quoted in Why Does Socialism Continue to Appeal to Anyone?, by Robert Hessen
Hoffer, Eric
We clamor for equality chiefly in matters in which we ourselves cannot hope to attain excellence. To discover what a man truly craves but knows he cannot have we must find the field in which he advocates absolute equality. By this test Communists are frustrated Capitalists.

1955 - from The Passionate State of Mind
Hook, Sydney
I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.

from Out of Step
Horowitz, David
The message has now gone out to all leftists: "Substitute green for red" -- that is, push socialism labeled as environmentalism as the new priority.

1996 - from Destructive Generation, co-written by Peter Collier
Ivens, Martin
...twenty-six years after General Ne Win imposed socialism on his unfortunate people [in Burma], a nation that was once the world's largest exporter of rice now has to import it.

1988 - from a column in The Sunday Telegraph



John Paul II, Pope
The fundamental error of socialism is anthropological in nature. Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism. Socialism likewise maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice, to the unique and exclusive responsibility which he exercises in the face of good or evil. Man is reduced to a series of social relationships, and the concept of the person as the autonomous subject of moral decisions disappears.

May 1, 1991 - from Centesimus Annus
Jonas, George  
[Former liberal prime minister of Canada Pierre Elliot] Trudeau suffered from the same statist illusions that affected some of the finest minds of our century. Certain errors require high IQ's. In our times many clever people became mesmerized with the notion that socialism (or at least a form of corporate statism) was the wave of the future. Mr. Trudeau was no exception. He was deeply suspicious of some European traditions, especially the homogenous nation-state, but quite open to many of Europe's most baneful influences, from leftish fads to autocracy.

Oct. 18, 1999 - from "Left wing, charming, and wrong", published in the National Post newspaper
Western left-wing journalists tend to be cynics in relation to their own societies, and naive in relation to trendy Utopias (not to mention ancient or distant cultures.) For instance, they'll know all about the price of capitalism, but little about its value, while they'll see the value of socialism, but won't have a clue about its price.

Feb., 1999 - from "From Soup to Nuts: Aphorisms on liberals and conservatives", published in the Pith Review
Klaus, Vaclav
We started to dismantle communism six years ago without the slightest flirtation with the possibility of reforming it. We knew there was no fundamental structural difference between communism and socialism, that the system was not reformable, that there was nothing like socialism with a human face, and that there was no third way between capitalism and socialism. At least in our country, our position in this regard was clear and straightforward.

Dec. 1, 1995 - from "From Communism to Democratic Capitalism: The Role of Visions", an address to the James Madison Institute
The Third Way [a utopian concept of government postulated to rise from the ashes of socialism and communism] is the fastest way to the third world.

1990 - from an address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
We want a market economy without any adjectives. Any compromises with that will only fuzzy up the problems we have. 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. The market is indivisible; it cannot be an instrument in the hands of central planners.

Jun. 01, 1990 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Kristol, Irving
The major political event of the twentieth century is the death of socialism.

1985
Leacock, Stephen  
We are moving towards socialism. We are moving through the mist; nearer and nearer with every bit of government regulation, nearer and nearer through the mist to the edge of the abyss over which civilization may be precipitated to its final catastrophe.

1924 - quoted by William Watson in "Canada's hidden history", The Next City Magazine, Summer 1999
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

Lessing, Doris
There are certain types of people who are political out of a kind of religious reason...I think it's fairly common among socialists: They are in fact God-seekers, looking for the kingdom of God on earth...trying to abolish the present in favor of some better future--always taking it for granted that there is a better future. If you don't believe in heaven you believe in socialism.




Lewis, David  
I would hate to think that I should ever have to choose between socialism and democracy, but if I had to, I would choose democracy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Magner, Mark  
Public ignorance is an essential tool in the socialist's toolbox

Dec. 15, 2000
Mencken, Henry Louis
The chief difference between free capitalism and State socialism seems to be this: that under the former a man pursues his own advantage openly, frankly, and honestly, whereas under the latter he does so hypocritically and under false pretenses.

Socialism is simply the degenerate capitalism of bankrupt capitalists. Its one genuine object is to get more money for its professors.

Muravchik, Joshua
To the toll exacted by Communism we must add that of Third World socialism, which, in addition to countless episodes of brutality, wrecked the chance of progress for a full generation or more throughout the world’s poorest lands. The human price of this, no one has attempted to tally.

Feb. 08, 1999 - from his essay "The Rise and Fall of Socialism"
Niebuhr, Reinhold
... perhaps the most grievous [error of socialism] is the illusion that egotism is purely a fruit of a capitalistic system. ... The utopian illusion is in turn the root of Marxist fanaticism.

Nock, Albert Jay
Statism postulates the doctrine that the citizen has no rights which the State is bound to respect; the only rights he has are those which the State grants him, and which the State may attenuate or revoke at its own pleasure. This doctrine is fundamental; without its support, all the various nominal modes or forms of Statism which we see at large in Europe and America - such as are called Socialism, Communism, Nazism, Fascism, etc., - would collapse at once. The individualism which was professed by the early Liberals, maintained the contrary; it maintained that the citizen has rights which are inviolable by the State or by any other agency.

Novak, Michael
... capitalism better helps the poor to escape from poverty than any other system, especially better than socialism. ... Capitalism rewards effort, talent, inventiveness, and luck [but not] equal outcomes, because ... equality can be achieved only by abandoning liberty for tyranny.

O'Sullivan, John
The stakes seem to me to be high - either we retain a vigorous democratic polity ... or we find ourselves living, perhaps not unpleasantly, in a stifling bureaucratic state in which all our wants except liberty are provided for. That is not impossible. Socialism, like history, repeats itself: the first time as genocide, the second time as therapy.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
Orwell, George
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.




Paglia, Camille
Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!

'All things being equal... ' But things never are equal. The traumas of the Sixties persuaded that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. ... After endless quarrels with authority, prankish disruptiveness, and impatience with management and procedure, I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens. ... In history the human drive is toward monarchy. Western culture has produced the best system yet for organizing and taming those king-seeking energies: representative democracy, part of our pagan heritage.

1992 - from Sex, Art, and American Culture, Random House Vintage Books
Pataki, George
When government takes responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.

Pope Leo XIII
... socialists encourage the poor man's envy of the rich and strive to do away with private property, contending that individual possessions should become the common property of all ... but their contentions are so clearly powerless to end the controversy that, were they carried into effect, the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are moreover emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community.

from Gaudium et Spes, Second Vatican Ecumenical Council
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.

1891
Rae, Bob  
The issue of the twentieth century isn't between capitalism and socialism. The question is what kind of capitalism do we want to have.

1998 - from The Three Questions
Rand, Ayn
[Re: support of "liberals" for social engineering] The grim joke is on them: their alleged 'ideals' have paved the way, not toward socialism, but toward fascism. The collector of their efforts is not the helplessly, brainlessly virtuous 'little man' of their flat-footed imagination and shopworn fiction, but the worst type of predatory rich, the rich-by-force, the rich-by-political- privilege, the type who has no chance under capitalism, but who is always there to cash in on every collectivist 'noble experiment.'

1966 - from Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.

Roepke, Wilhelm
Neither a fully planned economy and general socialization nor the totalitarian state which necessarily goes with both are purposes for which the broad masses of the electorate can be successfully roused. What threatens the structure of our economy and society from within is something else: chronic diseases, spreading secretly and thereby all the more malignant. Their causes are hard to discover and their true nature is concealed from the superficial or thoughtless observer; they tempt individuals and groups with immediate advantages, while their fatal consequences take a long time to manifest themselves and are widely dispersed. This is precisely why these diseases are so greatly to be feared.

1957 - from A Humane Economy
Santayana, George
Ideal society is a drama enacted exclusively in the imagination.

1905 - from The Life of Reason



Scruton, Roger
The visitor to the socialist countries comes away with the overwhelming impression of having travelled backwards in time. The smell of coal fires, the sight of trams and steam trains, the decaying, uncared-for buildings, the empty shops, the queues of people in drab, imperfect clothing, the sense of an overbearing public concern which gathers people up and robs them of initiative: all this returns the visitor to a distant experience, a confused memory of ration books and Pathe newsreels.

1983 - from a column in The Times, London
Shaw, George Bernard
We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.

Sowell, Thomas
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what has worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.

The junk science that has become one of the hallmarks of the crusades of the political left, both in and out of the courtroom, has a long pedigree. The left has for centuries tried to use the mystique of science to promote ideas that not only have no scientific basis, but are often the very antithesis of science. In the 19th century, Marx and Engels referred to their social dogmas as 'scientific socialism.' A century earlier, Condorcet analogized social issues to engineering problems. But there was no more relationship between these notions and science or engineering than there is between today's cultural relativism and Einstein's theory of relativity.

May 17, 1999 - from "Social dogmas and pseudoscience", published in Forbes Magazine
The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

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

Stevenson, Robert Louis
... the political soil itself steals forth by imperceptible degrees, like a travelling glacier, carrying on its bosom not only political parties but their flag-posts and cantonments; so that what appears to be an eternal city founded on hills is but a flying island of Laputa. It is for this reason in particular that we are all becoming Socialists without knowing it ...

Apr. 1887 - from "The Day After Tomorrow", published in Contemporary Review
Taft, William Howard
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.

Thatcher, Margaret
Like a giant refrigerator that had finally broken down after years of poor maintenance, the Soviet empire in its collapse released all the ills of ethnic, social and political backwardness which it had frozen in suspended animation for so long. ... The moral vacuum created by communism in everyday life was filled for some by a revived Orthodox Church, but for others by the rise in crime, corruption, gambling, and drug addiction - all contributing to a spreading ethic of luck, a belief that economic life is a zero-sum game, and an irrational nostalgia for a totalitarian order without totalitarian methods.

Mar. 09, 1996 - from her John Findlay Green lecture delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri



Communist regimes were not some unfortunate aberration, some historical deviation from a socialist ideal. They were the ultimate expression, unconstrained by democratic and electoral pressures, of what socialism is all about. ... In short, the state [is] everything and the individual nothing.

Mar. 08, 1981 - from a speech
Socialists have been able to persuade themselves and many others that a free economy based on profit embodies and encourages self-interest, which they see as selfish and bad, whereas they claim socialism is based on, and nurtures, altruism and selflessness. This is baseless nonsense in theory and practice. ... For man is a social creature, born into family, clan, community, nation, brought up in mutual dependence. The founders of our religion made this a cornerstone of morality. The admonitions 'Love thy neighbour as thyself' and 'Do as you would be done by' express this. They do not denigrate self, or elevate love of others above it. On the contrary, they see concern for self and responsibility for self as something to be expected, and ask only that this be extended to others.

quoted in Margaret Thatcher by Peggy Junor, Sidgewick and Johnson, London
Even I sometimes find it hard to remember how truly dreadful conditions in socialist Britain were. Inflation then at over 25 per cent; now under three per cent. Top rate income tax then at 83 per cent - 40 per cent now. Nationalised industries then losing £50 million a week; privatised industries now contributing nearly £60 million a week to the Exchequer. Industrial relations transformed. Productivity transformed. Reputation transformed.

Apr. 1, 1997 - outlining the successes of her government in "The Boneless Wonder of New Labour", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
Socialism's results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic - poverty, strife, oppression and, on the killing fields of communism, the deaths this century of perhaps 100 million people. Against that doctrine was set a contrary, conservative belief in a law-governed liberty. It was this view which triumphed with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Left has sought rehabilitation by distancing itself from its past.

Oct. 1, 1999 - from "Well Done Tony! You've Given William His Chance!", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism recieved in Britain. Yet it has been a miserable failure in every respect. Far from reversing the slow relative decline of Britain vis-a-vis its main industrial comepetitors, it accelerated it. We fell further behind them, until by 1979 we were widely dismissed as 'the sick man of Europe.'

1995 - from The Downing Street Years
There is no such thing as Society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.

1987 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
In a Socialist society, parents should be seen and not heard.

Oct. 10, 1975 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.

May. 01, 1978 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Thomas, Norman
The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism', they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.

1936 - from an interview during the presidential campaign
Thurber, James
The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.




Tucker, Benjamin R.
It is a curious fact that the two extremes of the [socialist movement] ... though united... by the common claim that labour should be put in possession of its own, are more diametrically opposed to each other in their fundamental principles of social action and their methods of reaching the ends aimed at than either is to their common enemy, existing society. They are based on two principles the history of whose conflict is almost equivalent to the history of the world since man came into it... 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 are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism. Whoso knows that these two schools want and how they propose to get it understands the Socialistic movement. 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.

1886 - from "State Socialism and Anarchism" originally published in Instead of a Book
[Karl] Marx, [state socialism's] 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 remedy for monopolies is monopoly.

1886 - from "State Socialism and Anarchism" originally published in Instead of a Book
[State socialism] means the absolute control by the majority of all individual conduct. The right of such control is already admitted by the State Socialists, though they maintain that, as a matter of fact, the individual would be allowed a much larger liberty than he now enjoys. But he would only be allowed it; he could not claim it as his own. There would be no foundation of society upon a guaranteed equality of the largest possible liberty. Such liberty as might exist would exist by sufferance and could be taken away at any moment. Constitutional guarantees would be of no avail. There would be but one article in the constitution of a State Socialistic country: "The right of the majority is absolute." [This essay was written before state socialism completed its inevitable evolution to "the right of the state's managers is absolute." Ed.]

1886 - from "State Socialism and Anarchism" originally published in Instead of a Book
Tyrrell, R. Emmett
The intelligent quest is for the free society with equality of opportunity. The quest for equality of result is the path to the widest equality of all: despotism.

1984 - from The Liberal Crack-Up
Unknown
SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbor. COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk. SOCIALISM...

A cow owned by many will be well milked and badly fed.

Spanish proverb
Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn't needed and in hell where they've got it.

attributed to Cecil Palmer
Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Polish proverb
Socialism is communism without the firing squad.

seen on a bumper sticker
A communist is a man who has nothing and wishes to share it with the world.




von Mises, Ludwig
There is simply no other choice than this: either to abstain from interference in the free play of the market, or to delegate the entire management of production and distribution to the government. Either capitalism or socialism: there exists no middle way.

quoted in The MacMillan Book of Business and Economic Quotations by Michael Jackman
The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders.

Wilde, Oscar
Socialism annihilates family life, for instance. With the abolition of private property, marriage in its present form must disappear.

1891 - from The Soul of a Man Under Socialism
He pretends to be devoted to the people, and lives in a palace, preaches socialism, and draws a salary that would support a province.

1883 - from Vera, or the Nihilists