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Monday, April 11, 2005

Horowitz on Socialism

From Left Illusions: An Intellectual Odyssey, by David Horowitz (p. 412):
In my own passage out of the left, nearly twenty years ago, it occurred to me that my revolutionary comrades never thought to address the obvious questions for social reformers: "What makes a society work? What will make this society work?" In all the socialist literature I had read, there was not a chapter devoted to the problem of how wealth is created. Socialist theory was exclusively addressed to the conquest of power and the division of wealth that someone else had created. Was it any surprise that the socialist societies they created broke records in making their inhabitants poor?


(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)

You are an evil, evil person.

Dave, are you a socialist? If so, I'd be interested to hear a sound rebuttle to the quote above. I empathise with the desire to provide for all, but just don't get math. How do you motivate a society to perform (and generate wealth for all) if there's no personal gain? Most of us are just a little too selfish to make it really work better than capitalism...aren't we?

Interesting use of that word "evil".

no. I am not a socialist. The socialist is unavailable at the moment. I am a wanker. hope that clears things up ideologically.

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