"Not just "doesn't work". Socialism is like free energy or perpetual machines. Just like they are limited by entropy, socialism/communism/utopianism are limited by human nature. You can limit the impact of both, but you can't eradicate it. Those who have tried are responsible for incalculable atrocities. Stalin and Mao should be all the proof necessary. "
"Unfortunately, socialism is like a cart that has to be drawn by ten people, and they're equally responsible for the progress they make, but it doesn't much matter whether they do any pulling. Many of those able and inclined to pull will finally get the picture and just stop pulling. Invariably, to get the cart going again, someone has to be empowered to make everyone work harder "
"Socialism is like radiation, by the time you detect it, it's already too late"
"I would argue socialism is like smoking, there's a decent amount you may get away with without killing the user, but the safest amount is the least amount. That's the libertarian opinion, but do the facts support it? "
"European Socialism is like an over protective mother. As a result her children don't have to grow up since every time there is a problem, we go back to mommy to fix it. Pure Capitalism is like a harsh father that kicks you out of the nest at 18 and says you're on your own, good luck. It teaches self reliance but not love and compassion for others and the planet."
"Socialism is like handing somebody a fish every day rather than teaching them how to fish."
"Socialism is like one of those horrible viruses. You no sooner discover a remedy for one version, than it spontaneously evolves into another. In the past, there was nationalisation, penal taxation and the command economy. Nowadays socialism is more often dressed up as environmentalism, feminism, or international concern for human rights. All sound good in the abstract. But scratch the surface and you'll as likely as not discover anti-capitalism, patronising and distorting quotas, and intrusions upon the sovereignty and democracy of nations. New slogans: old errors. "
"The transition to socialism is like walking towards the horizon: no matter how long the journey, you never arrive. It is the journey that matters, not the destination."
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