"The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!"
Ludwig von Mises
(1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher
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A very astute observation which paints almost exactly the picture I get when I think (disgustedly) of socialism.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Extremely accurate; such theocratic dogmas are the driving destructive force eliminating freedom, liberty, and prosperity from a once land of the free and home of the brave.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    That's just what I do not understand about liberals -- they cry about the power of corporations and demand women's equal status with men, but they have become the tools of monopolists working in collusion to empower the State to control us all. Why do liberals not care about liberty any more? Do they not see that eventually, after they have given all their power to the State in order to enforce a propped up society, they will find themselves in even a worse predicament? The liberals are endorsing nothing short of fascism, and we are dangerously close to becoming the next Nazis in the world except it is the Muslims that are to be eradicated. I wish people would remember that while the Jews were persecuted in Nazi Germany, so were all the other dissidents against the fascist regime. It can't happen here? It IS happening here!!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The utopia that the Progressive power hungry wish on the rest of us peons is to place us all in communes or under the thumb of their gulags while stealing the fruits of all of our labor. That is the true scheme of their form of "equality."
     -- Mary - MI     
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     -- Olga Ayau, Guatemala      
     -- Mara Venus de Criado, El Salvador      
     -- Hromano1030, Bangkok      
    Liberty comes in many types, Nadiyb liberality in leadership breeds contempt for morality among the people, and embraces the reprobate mindset, promoting Keciyl foolishness. Socialist thrive upon the ignorance of the masses who rally around crumbs from their god's table.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Progressive is just the PC term for freedom hating tyrant.
     -- J. Allen, Arlington, Va.     
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    This has been proven socially now to be a mistake!
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
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    Robert, please help us out with what the mistake is exactly (please include the proof).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Progressive?  Only progressing toward submission to a ruling class.  
     -- Tony, Maryland     
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