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Blupete's Weekly Commentary

June 17th, 2001. Index Button

"Socialism."

William Hazlitt:
  • "[Socialism is like a] lottery, where there are all prizes and no blanks!"

    Ambrose Bierce:
  • "The socialist notion appears to be that the world's wealth is a fixed quantity, 'A' can acquire only by depriving 'B'. He is fond of figuring the rich as living upon the poor. ... The plain truth of the matter is that the poor live on the rich..."

    Robert Louis Stevenson:
  • "I do not greatly pride myself on having outlived my belief in the fairy tales of Socialism." (Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.)

    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin:
  • "Socialism is bound sooner or later to ripen into Communism, whose banner bears the motto: 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.'" (1917)
  • "If socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not have Socialism for at least 500 years."

    For additional observations on socialism, see Weekly Commentary of:
  • January 9th, 2000, Who's To Get What;
  • January 16th, 2000, Leacock's Views ...; and
  • January 23rd, 2000, Macaulay's Views ....

    And, of course, blupete's essay,
  • The Siren's Song.

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