"The inherent vice of capitalism is
the uneven division of blessings,
while the inherent virtue of socialism is
the equal division of misery."
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945, 1951-1955)
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Another great quote by Churchill on this subject is "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy."
 -- Jeffrey Borrowdale, Cottage Grove     
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     -- Yndrd1984, Ames, IA      
    Another great example of the wisdom of Churchill. I pray to God that we will have another Reagan or Churchill come our way in the next four years to hopefully get us out of the mess we are getting ready to be in.
     -- Patriot, Kingsport,Tennessee     
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     -- Anonymous      
    True socialism has never been practiced. Not that it should, but I'm just saying...
     -- Anonymous     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Anonymous, would you accept a definition such as: Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of private property, the means of production and distribution of goods; to explain socialism. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land fulfills all aspects of that definition. The State owns you, as expressed by your government identifying number (SSN) and in the amount of labors it allows you to keep to sustain you and your family. All corporations are State bifurcations, the State owning the tangible, only allowing a harshly regulated (a heavily limited scope of production and distribution) day to day administration. All commercial activities are licensed (License - a State issued title of nobility for the purpose of doing otherwise illegal act(s)). Try not paying your property tithes or letting your grass grow to long. There is much more of a pure socialism that exists than a pure capitalism. Capitalism allows those that abide natural law expressions to become as rich or poor as their desires, labor and intellect will allow them. It is religion that by design, definition, morality, law, justice, equity, mercy, freedom and liberty that has duty to take care of those who dont have the labor or intellect to take care of themselves. One would have to define blessings (spiritual, fiscal, happiness or ? ? ?) to give this 5 stars and then it would be a personal perception. I could go on about the faults of capitalism but needles to say, Churchill does have a string of truth that weaves in and out of this quote.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Sell out all you have and lay it at the feet of the Church State.
    Acts 5. Certainly does not sound like liberty and freedom. The thorn in the side of those that would enslave their neighbor, their eventual down fall. Judges 2:3. The religious mindset of those that follow Peter. Old world tactics of oppression in the name of God. It justifies their reasoning and demands, being socialistic Christians. Thinking capitalism to be idolatry. It is one of the most slight and crafty dups of statesmanship. By way of the church.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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    Anonymous - "True socialism has never been practiced?" And, may it never be in the sovereign nation founded on the unalienable and natural rights of the individual and which has a U.S. Constitution that is founded under a Limited Government Republic to protect us from Progressive-socialist and constitution shredders like you.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    What happened to England then? A socialist-democracy governed by the Crown is a poor example of liberty. But it's an excellent example of 'law and order' -- i.e. obedient subjects serving the ruling class.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Mary is correct, true liberal socialism has never been fulfilled, never truly been practiced. Winston Churchill was not a good man, his crimes against humanity were many he came from the elite and never forgot his roots. He was a man necessary to help fight Hitler but that was all. 
     -- RBE, Somewhere in the US     
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    Actually the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were the natural end products of socialism.  Both are authoritarian/totalitarian, the State being supreme, and the individual subservient to the commands of the ruling classes and ultimately an 'elected' dictator.  This is where socialism ends up.  Look at China!  The liberals are pushing for everything that China ultimately does while conveniently ignoring the horrors of Statism. 

    Robert, your Utopia has never been fulfilled because it cannot be legislated from on high, it has to come from every person.  The only problem is that there are LOTS of different ways to live life, and while yours may be awesome for you, it may not fit another at all.  That is why Liberty is the ideal, not socialism or any other -ism.  Of course, Liberty requires individual responsibility, honor, self-reliance, courage, and compassion.  If these are not among your ideals, Robert, I do not think your philosophy has good roots.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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