Quotes About Socialism

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.

— Benito Mussolini

As the egalitarianism of Marxism is attractive to many, socialism could have attracted many followers in America, anyway. But there is no doubt that it could not possibly have affected us so widely and so deeply as it has, had it not been heavily financed.

— B. Carroll Reece

The current of emotion, which was formerly directed to gaining eternal bliss, is turned in socialism – in the same degree as the latter is permeated by evolutionism – towards the perfecting of earthly life.

— Ellen Key

For us, Marxism is always open because there are always new xperiences, there are always new facts, including facts about the past, which have to be incorporated in the corpus of scientific socialism.

— Ernest Mandel

Socialism is nothing more nor less than the social, political and ideological system which breaks the fetters upon economic growth created under capitalism and opens the way to a new period of economic and social expansion on a much larger scale.

— Earl Browder

We have ground for believing that a noble form of socialism existed among the prehistoric and primitive people on this planet, the people that broke into restless groups after the ancient Deluge and went wandering over the globe. For we find a socialist tendency in all the barbaric tribes of earth.

— Edwin Markham

Now that the day of reckoning has arrived, they cry socialism!

— Elizabeth A. Sherman

Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.

— George Bernard Shaw

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.

— George Orwell

I belonged to the generation that grew up under National Socialism, and was blinded and led astray – and allowed itself to be led astray.

— Gunter Grass

Democracy is not compatible with capitalism but is congruent with a version of democratic socialism in which the wealth, resources, and benefits of a social order are shared in an equitable and just manner.

— Henry Giroux

The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy there’s no dictatorship here.

— Hugo Chavez

The left is back, and it’s the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us. Socialism builds and capitalism destroys.

— Hugo Chavez

The slaves of socialism are slaves, but they are no one’s property and therefore no one’s loss.

— George Reisman

It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one.

— Herbert Read

If Obama’s vision of the public sector is socialism, then so too were the visions of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

— Jeff Greenfield

There are words bandied about that are being misused – words like ‘socialism,’ words like ‘communism,’ words like ‘fascism.’

— Jim Leach

I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come.

— John Burns

I’m from Berkeley, California, so I’m fully trained in socialism and all, but basically what they teach you there is markets are efficient and we can’t beat them, so we might as well index.

— Louis Navellier

I can understand Communism, but not Socialism.

— Lajos Kossuth

But Socialism, alone, can bring self-determination of their peoples.

— Karl Liebknecht

International socialism recognizes the right of free independent nations, with equal rights.

— Karl Liebknecht

The mass of workers, as yet non-Socialist, is retarded in its development towards Socialism.

— Karl Radek

Without Socialism the working class is a heterogeneous mixture of different categories, some of which have independent, varying interests, sometimes opposed to each other.

— Karl Radek

More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.

— Mikhail Gorbachev

Obamanomics, his imposition of European-style socialism, is not working for African-Americans. It is not working for Latinos and African-Americans.

— Niger Innis

Obama believes in a big central government, where the federal government controls everything in our lives. That’s socialism.

— Paul Broun

I grew up in a family that despised not only communism but collectivism, socialism, and any ‘ism’ that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights.

— Rand Paul

I am a socialist, so I am not worried about socialism. I am worried about dictators who are putting everyone into a socialist state for their own benefit.

— Rirkrit Tiravanija

Since the end of the 1970s, free-market capitalism has been in, and socialism has been out.

— Steve Hanke

I believe that President Nixon was right in what he did at Watergate. Lack of respect for authority and things like socialism are turning this into a weak, effeminate country.

— Tiny Tim

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

— William Howard Taft

Socialism, as I understand it, is a system of democracy. Without democracy, there is no socialism.

— Wen Jiabao

The goal of socialism is a fairer allocation of economic resources, which its advocates often claim will also be a less wasteful one. Socialism is about who gets the goods and how. Socialism objects to markets because markets allocate resources in ways socialists believe to be unfair on both counts: both the who and the how.

— Virginia Postrel

Like the phoenix, socialism is reborn from every pile of ashes left day in, day out, by burnt-out human dreams and charred hopes.

— Zygmunt Bauman