Am I A Socialist?

In a way, I’ve been a socialist all my life. I grew up in a large family, where everyone shared everything, each according to his ability and each according to his need. I was educated by Teresian nuns and Jesuits, who shared everything, according to ability and need. I now have a large family of my own, where everyone shares everything, each according to his ability and each according to his need. In this sense, I guess I am a socialist. In fact, the only true socialists in the history of the world have been members of healthy families and religious orders. This kind of socialism, of course, is voluntary, motivated by love.

The other kind — the fraudulent kind, associated with demagogues, revolutionaries, and homicidal maniacs — is coercive, motivated by envy and lust for power. It’s time we stopped confusing the two.

If you want to be a socialist, go ahead. Just do it on your own dime.

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