A Cato Institute study found that after a near tripling of per-student spending on public schools in real, inflation-adjusted dollars, and a more than doubling of public school employees over forty years, student achievement in both math and verbal skills actually declined.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 1806
Of course, no one can have a “right” to such material things unless someone else can be compelled to pay for them.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 876
Swedish socialism has also created a new type of “socialist man.” As described by Swedish economist Per Bylund, “[W]hen handing out benefits and therefore taking away the individual’s responsibility for his or her own life, a new kind of individual is created—the immature, irresponsible, and dependent…. [T]he welfare state has created … a population of psychological and moral children….”
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 871
The more a society moves in the direction of socialism, the more it relies on the coercive powers of the state. As such coercion becomes justified, it tends to expand at the expense of individual freedom and individual conscience. Government plans replace individual plans; the government claims a greater share of private wealth to distribute money as it sees fit; ideological propaganda becomes more pervasive from government institutions, especially in the schools; and the economy becomes progressively more lethargic, increasingly strangled by governmental edicts, regulations, and bureaucrats. Government becomes more and more a government of the worst, by the worst, and for the worst. That’s what socialism delivers.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 702
The ideology (socialism) that is associated with the worst crimes, the greatest mass slaughters, the most totalitarian regimes ever, is allegedly more compassionate than the free market capitalism that has lifted more people from poverty, created more wealth, provided more opportunities for human development, and supported human freedom more than any other economic system in the history of the world.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 698
“Truth” in a socialist society is not something to be debated; it is mandated and enforced by the Socialist regime, from which there is no alternative and no appeal.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 650
In his classic book The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek explained that because “collectivism” of all kinds, including socialism, necessarily involves the coerced imposition of some governmental plan (or plans) on the population, such a system attracts as its political leaders some of the most immoral and unethical people in society.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 595
The general public would be a lot better off—materially and otherwise—if government shrank and more people lived not off of the taxpayer’s dime, but off of their own efforts to create better products and services that people will actually pay for of their own free will. That’s how real economic, and human, progress is made.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 581
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, state and local government employees earn 35 percent higher wages and 69 percent greater benefits than private industry employees.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 559
We are told that when government provides a service it is free, but of course nothing is free, because someone has to pay all the government employees, their overhead, and everything else that government does, buys, or appropriates. That “someone” is of course the taxpayers. Whenever socialist-minded politicians speak of “free” services, what they really mean is that the cost of the service will be hidden in taxes.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 534