Monday, October 31, 2011

"Why Socialism"

I think that the following is an interesting read ...

"I am convinced there is only 
one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.'

Albert Einstein

I wasn't going to comment.  I would have preferred to let his views stand on their own lack of merit.  But there is the danger that some people might think that I am a socialist.  

The problem is that socialism can only be achieved through the use of force by stealing from one person to give to another.   In practice, socialism provides so little incentive that socialist societies are dreadful places to live and collapse under their own weight.

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

Winston Churchill

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