Socialism and Communism

This post is a plug for Henry Hazlitt’s book – The Freeman’s Library (pdf), a “descriptive and critical bibliography of works on the philosophy of individualism”. Two quotes Hazlitt refers to in the introduction to the book.

“In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation: The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.”

Leon Trotsky ?

“A communist is nothing but a socialist with the courage of his convictions.”

George Bernard Shaw

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  • you12  On October 16, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    For any political or economicla system to work,there needs to be equal distribution of power or no power at all.May be its just me because I am more of a Slave morality kind of guy.But I am starting to believe that India is actually a semi anarchist state.

    There is a great disconnect between People and Government,which ends the dependence of people on governement. In 2006 Mumbai suffered horrible horrible train basts but despite that everything was back to normal without any state interference.

    Even for government related services such as passports etc. people tend to use private services.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On October 17, 2008 at 3:41 am

    You are somewhat right, about being a semi anarchy – the lack of law enforcement (unlike the US which is effectively a police state) means most people end up doing whatever they want regardless of what the law says.

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