With all the excitement of Earth Day yesterday, I forgot to post my weekly Churchill installment. So here’s Winston, in 1908, with language that voters might take in mind in reflecting on the ill-liberalism of President Obama:
Socialism wants to pull down wealth; Liberalism seeks to raise up poverty. Socialism would destroy private interests—Liberalism would preserve them in the only way they could justly be preserved, by reconciling them with public right. Socialism seeks to kill enterprise. Liberalism seeks to rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the maximum pre-eminence of individuals—Liberalism seeks to build up the minimum standard of the masses. Socialism attacks capital; Liberalism attacks monopoly.