Turns to Churchill for thoughts about socialism

To the editor:

For those of you who continue to wonder what socialism and or communism are, I would offer you quotes attributed to Winston Churchill:

“If I were asked the difference between socialism and communism, I could only reply that the socialist tries to lead us to disaster by foolish words and the communist could try to drive us there by violent deeds.

“Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state.

“Government of the duds, by the duds, and for the duds

“No socialist system can be established without a political police.

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

“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.

“‘All men are created equal’ says the American Declaration of Independence. ‘All men shall be kept equal’ say the socialists.

“Some see private enterprise as a predatory animal to be shot, others look on it as a cow to be milked but a few see it as a sturdy horse pulling a wagon.

“If you destroy a free market, you create a black market.

“The vice of capitalism is that it stands for the unequal sharing of blessings; whereas the virtue of socialism is that it stands for the equal sharing of misery.

“Socialism assails the pre-eminence of the individual.

“Is it better to have equality at the price of poverty or well-being at the price of inequality?

“The flame of Christian ethics is still our best guide… Only on this basis can we reconcile the rights of the individual with the demands of society.

On leftists:

“They are the most disagreeable of people … Their insincerity? Can you not feel a sense of disgust at the arrogant presumption of superiority of these people? Superiority of intellect! Then, when it comes to practice, down they fall with a wallop not only to the level of ordinary human beings but to a level which is even far below the average.

“These very high intellectual persons who wake up every morning … see what they can find to demolish, to undermine, or cast away.

“Let them quit these gospels of envy, hate, and malice. Let them abandon the utter fallacy, the grotesque, erroneous, fatal blunder of believing that by limiting the enterprise of man, by riveting the shackles of a false equality… They will increase the well-being of the world.

If you still think socialism is the way to go, please move to a socialist country of your choosing. But leave America alone!

Clyde Bailey