“Roger Scruton tells us that Marx himself envisioned a society in which the state has withered away, there’s no law or need for it, everything’s owned in common, and each person…would be free for ‘hunting in the morning, fishing in the afternoon, tending cattle in the evening and engaging in literary criticism after dinner.’” John R. Coyne, Jr.
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher
How socialist dogma defrauds society
John R. Coyne, Jr., The Washington Times, February 15, 2016, p. 25
In 1985, Roger Scruton published a book titled “Thinkers of the New Left” a collection of articles coming out at “the height of Margaret Thatcher’s reign of terror,” and “greeted with derision and outrage” by the nearly monolithic leftist British intellectual establishment, with “reviewers falling over each other for the chance to spit on the corpse.”
The earlier book, writes Mr. Scruton, was published before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implosion of the Soviet Union, “before the emergence of the European Union as an imperial power and before the transformation of China into an aggressive exponent of gangland capitalism”
But with the collapse of a totally -corrupt and inhumane Soviet regime and the demonstrated failure of socialism as a workable economic system, it seemed for a while “that there might be an apology forthcoming, from those who had devoted their intellectual and political efforts to whitewashing the Soviet Union or praising the people’s republics of China and Vietnam. Continue reading