objectives so high." Such a terrible epitaph em British
socialism in practice must make every patriotic Briton
Weep for very shame.
Only the extreme left-wing ideologists are able to view
with complacency the phenomena] growth of a parasitical,
largely nonproductive bureaucracy which operative socialism and a Welfare State automatically bring into existence.
Socialism has softened up British character anel, in so
doing, has lowered our standards of morality and thereby
prepared ee comparatively easy path for the tireless footsteps eil communism.
Today, there is much writing and speaking about a
new religion," dressed in the' garish, but tattered rags
°1 materialistic ideology. Our overwhelming need, howler, i.s speedy and sincere redeelieation of our lives and
Endeavors to the old religion that gives equal importance
'" rights and duties.
One fearful consequence of postwar sentiment has been
-i wide development of degrading pacifism. No thinking
"lan or woman wants war. lint no thinking man or woman
Wants peace at am/ price, chiefly because the final payment
M peace is war itself.
Ihe Welfare State is a misnomer. It is not a State in
'"iy constitutional connotation, and it certainly is not par-
'"nientaiv democracy. On the contrary, it is an oligarchy
'"'el a preparation for tlie Servile State. When it has
acquired and finally dissipated the community's wealth, it
|s unavoidably confronted with the necessity of redistribut-
'"" poverty on an almost universal basis. In a word, the
"elfare State obstinately remains a dream and, when we
**aken from it, we learn, the hard wax-, that we have
differed the nightmare of an Ill-Fare State-.
Was astonished In discover throughout the- United States
''"d in sinne parts of Canada, that some well-meaning
lll('iieaiis anel Canadians we're almost, if not quite, e-on-
"Iced that Great Britain under socialism is a twentieth
'"tiiiv Utopia, and that it was their moral obligation to
ll('ss then own governments to emulate our socialistic
'''"pis anil practices. I told them that they were helping
Pay leu our socialism anel that, when the) had their
1,1 brand of it, we would be in no position to help to
"'y lor theirs.
,. 'he economic case against socialism is generalized in
p fact that it creates and perpetuates deficits. The spiri-
''' case- against it i.s that il preaches and practices the
''"'"hy that man i.s made for the State.
have tried to impart perspective lei an economic and
'titeil scene in Great Britain the like of which bets no
rodent in our history. Our prisons are overcrowded
community we are ill-led, if not actually underfed,
" Hieise- best qualified to judge have repeatedly warned
™9t the dire consequences of this malnutrition will
)flS('iit a problem of the gravest magnitude. Misery and
]|t'st|a(iOI| are rampant as the direct result of a pernicious
'sing shortage. Our economy has been distorted and
, . "ndened 1>\ installments of nationalization of our
r,.''1"' industries and utilities, every one' of which has
tj. "ted in higher prices, inferior quality, inadequate quan-
,l( ' ''nil over-all deficits running annually into millions
,|. Pounds which the taxpayers have been compelled to
''"'^e. The .Socialists have made the unforgivable and
'ill the time.
istake of trying to fool all the
--■iiiiii i ae-\." w rote ele- Tocque\ ille, "extends the' sphere
"dividual freedom. Socialism restricts it. Democracy
v's Fori \i News, June, 1956
attaches all possible value te> each man; socialism makes
each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and
socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality.
But notice the difference — while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint anel
It is almost impossible to envisage the magnitude of
deterioration in all things libertarian during a comparatively short period since 1914. Political anel economic planning, which is merely an academic definition for socialism,
has insidiously advanced its aims. With each progressive
step, it has succeeded in bringing within its orbit large
tracts of Britain's industrial and commercial activity ancl
many of the precious personal liberties.
A Socialist Welfare State is born in uncertainty, must
die in unfulfillment. It begins its political life on the'
assumption that most of the citizens are children who must
lie led, clothed, housed, educated, employed, anel disciplined by a paternalistic' State. The power of the State may
develop more speedily than the growth eif the children
and, in this event, the Welfare State itself will attain full
ancl logical maturity in totalitarianism. The State as Santa
Claus is succeeded bj the State as Shylock.
Socialist financial policy, which i.s almost completely
dependent on the creation anel circulation of paper money,
is economically unstable. It begins bv encouraging tin
crazy notion that a nation can spend itself into prosperity
and ends by warning the community that it must "save
I ill il hurts" ancl economize into austerity. Socialist financing i.s not only suspect economically. It is charged with
disaster, socially anel ethically. The State rarely il ever
performs a service, grants a reward, or indulges in gift-
Ir is difficult te> convince people that socialism is as fixedly
an international movement as is communism. The socialization of the world is a prelude to communism. Both
systems have developed and exploited the art of mass
propaganda. No nation has yet discovered the- secret of
immunization from its hypnotic- excitements ancl enticements. Even the United States of America, which owes
almost everything it possesses, culturally anel economically,
to competitive private enterprise, i.s politically embarrassed
by socialistic pressures which have us their ultimate objective the establishment of a Welfare State'. If the written
and speiken word are not mightier than the sweirel. then
are definitely more effective in terms of the multitudes.
The enemies of individual liberty are nothing if not
We in Great Britain have emerged victorious from two
world wars. 'Ihe cream ol the youth of two successive
generations prematurely sleeps in eternal peace. We- are
spiritually poor because' we have lost the incalculable
wealth nl lin- passionate leadership of beiys transfigured
intei men when the blast of weir blew in their c-eus. Our
material losses, though heartbreakingly terrible, were not
irreparable. Having emerged from the honors of war with
our heads "bloody but unbowed," we- promptly proceeded
to decapitate ourselves as a great nation, by contradicting
our character and characteristics, at the behest of a clique
of political anel economic planners who persuaded us to
believe, for the first time in our history, that we were
incapable ol minding our own business.
It is my sincere belief that main men einel women who,
in these postwar years, have called themselves Socialists,
are not Socialists at all. Indeed. I have met several men