Socialism is a system of social organization that rejects the fact that goods are the fruits of the people’s labor. The ownership of the means of producing goods provided by the people is claimed by secular authoritarians. They then use the power of government for laws to control the distribution of goods. The fact remains that it is the freedom of the people to choose and buy goods made useful by others that gives direction for a healthy economy (supply and demand). Both the Webster and Random House dictionaries identify socialism as a “Marxist theory.”
The following was written in 1916 by the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman and influential spokesman for American values:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage
by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently
by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
Winston Churchill stated: “Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the object worship of the state.” He also said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
According to Alexis de Tocqueville in 1848: “democracy [democratic republic] extends the sphere of individual freedom; socialism restricts it. Democracy [democratic republic] attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. [The two] 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.”
~ David Norris