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    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
    tags: human  socialism  hope  dreams 
     
    In fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members. Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals. Limits of wisdom and convenience to the public control there may be: limits of principle there are, upon strict analysis, none.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    Our upside down welfare state is socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the poor.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: poor  socialism 
     
    Those in power are blind devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex, but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects for the disemployed and the unemployed alike.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: power  socialism 
     
    Between complete socialism and communism there is no difference whatever in my mind.Communism is in fact the completion of socialism; when that ceases to be militant and becomes triumphant, it will be communism.
    — William Morris
    When Socialism comes, it may be in such a form that we won't like it.
    — William Morris
    tags: socialism 
     
    Apart from my absolute belief in National Socialism and my conviction of Hitler's superhuman heroism, I had always been attracted to Germany.
    — William Joyce
    tags: belief  socialism 
     
    Socialism may be worthless as a scheme, but it is not meaningless as a symptom. Rousseau's theory of the origin of society, of the social contract, and of a cure for all the social evils by a return to a state of nature, had, as we all know now, no more relation to fact than the dreams of an illiterate drunkard; but they were not without value as a vague and symbolical expression of certain evils from which the France of his day was suffering.
    — William Hurrell Mallock
    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
    The fear of capitalism has compelled socialism to widen freedom, and the fear of socialism has compelled capitalism to increase equality. East is West and West is East, and soon the twain will meet.
    — Will Durant
    There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
    — Will Durant
    tags: age  socialism  money 
     
    How, then,' I hear you ask, 'shall I attain my end, whether it be Christian love, socialism, or American democracy?' Your Christian love and your socialism and your American democracy are what you do each day, your manner of thinking each hour, of embracing your life companion and loving your child; they are your attitude of social responsibility towards your work, and your determination not to become like the crushers of life you so hate.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    They do say that socialism is the ideal philosophy-just as long as you have capitalists to pay for it.
    — Wilbur Smith
    tags: socialism 
     
    Men who sincerely abhorred the word Communism in the pursuit of common ends found that they were unable to distinguish Communists from themselves". For men who could not see that what they firmly believed was liberalism added up to socialism could scarcely be expected to see what added up to Communism. Any charge of Communism enraged them precisely because they could not grasp the differences between themselves and those against whom it was made.
    — Whittaker Chambers
    tags: men  socialism  communism 
     
    If you establish, or reestablish, local economies on the right scale and with the right standard, then politics would come right as a matter of course. I don't know what you'd call the result - probably not capitalism or socialism.
    — Wendell Berry
    Socialism as I understand it is a system of democracy. Without democracy, there is no socialism.
    — Wen Jiabao
    Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.
    — Walter Lippmann
    Communism and socialism is [sic] seductive. It promises us that people will contribute according to ability and receive according to needs. Everybody is equal. Everybody has a right to decent housing, decent food and affordable medical care. History should have taught us that when we hear people talk this stuff - watch out!
    — Walter E. Williams
    Despite the miracles of capitalism, it doesn't do well in popularity polls. One of the reasons is that capitalism is always evaluated against the non-existent, non-realizable utopias of socialism or communism. Any earthly system, when compared to a Utopia, will pale in comparison. But for the ordinary person, capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires.
    — Walter E. Williams
    Socialism is just another form of tyranny.
    — Walter E. Williams
    tags: socialism 
     
    Socialism and Communism both demand a degree of joint effort and administration which would beget more regulation than is wholly consistent with ideal Anarchism; Individualism and Mutualism, resting upon property, involve a development of the private policeman not at all compatible with my notion of freedom.
    — Voltairine de Cleyre
    The goal of socialism is communism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies of socialism, the enemies of the working people! War to the death against the rich and their hangers-on, the bourgeois intellectuals; war on the rogues, the idlers and the rowdies!
    — Vladimir Lenin
    We must not depict socialism as if socialists will bring it to us on a plate all nicely dressed. That will never happen. Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters - then we are for it!
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Atheism is a natural and inseparable part of Marxism, of the theory and practice of scientific socialism. Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: atheism  socialism 
     
    It is not national interests we are upholding - we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. We are defenders of the socialist fatherland.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: world  socialism 
     
    No Marxist can deny that the interests of socialism are higher than the interests of the right of nations to self-determination.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: right  socialism 
     
    One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers Communist and the disarming of the bourgeoisie the middle class.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: victory  socialism 
     
    The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into smaller states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    We shall not achieve socialism without a struggle.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Imperialism, in a sense, is the transition stage from capitalism to Socialism. . . . It is capitalism dying, not dead.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true. It is comprehensive and harmonious, and provides men with an integral world outlook irreconcilable with any form of superstition, reaction, or defence of bourgeois oppression. It is the legitimate successor to the best that man produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Does not the whole history of socialism, particularly of French socialism, which is so rich in revolutionary striving, show us that when the working people themselves take power in their hands the ruling classes resort to unheard-of crimes and shootings if it is a matter of protecting their money-bags.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: socialism 
     
    No Bolshevik, no Communist, no intelligent socialist has ever entertained the idea of violence against the middle peasants. All socialists have always spoken of agreement with them and of their gradual and voluntary transition to socialism.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    Let the "socialist" snivellers croak, let the bourgeoisie rage and fume, but only people who shut their eyes so as not to see, and stuff their ears so as not to hear, can fail to notice that all over the world the birth pangs of the old, capitalist society, which is pregnant with socialism, have begun.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    The status of women up to now has been compared to that of a slave; women have been tied to the home, and only socialism can save them from this. They will only be completely emancipated when we change from small-scale individual farming to collective farming and collective working of the land.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: women  socialism 
     
    Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense.
    — Vladimir Lenin
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