Why a socialist regime cannot allow dissent

Why Socialism cannot allow dissent, and leads to dictatorship … and apropos L’s appointment of Foxe as head of his political police: –

“A Socialist State once thoroughly completed in all its details and its aspects … could not afford to suffer opposition. . .  Socialism is, in its essence, an attack … upon the right of the ordinary man or woman to breathe freely without having a harsh, clumsy, tyrannical hand clapped across their mouths and nostrils… No Socialist system can be established without a political police.  Many of those who are advocating Socialism or voting Socialist today will be horrified at this idea.  That is because they are short-sighted, that is because they do not see where their theories are leading them. No Socialist Government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp, and 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 leader.” – Winston Churchill

 

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