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Sir Winston Churchill on socialism

Sir Winston Churchill June 4, 1945, before losing the election to the Labor Party which offered peace and socialism:

“No socialist government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp, or violently worded expressions of public discontent. They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanely directed in the first instance.

“And this would nip opinion in the bud; it would stop criticism as it reared its head, and it would gather all the power to the supreme party and the party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants, no longer servants and no longer civil.

“And where would the ordinary simple folk –­ the common people, as they like to call them in America –­ where would they be, once this mighty organism had got them in its grip?”

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