If concern with poverty and human suffering were the collectivists’ motive,
they would have become champions of capitalism long ago; they would have
discovered that it is the only political system capable of producing abundance.
But they evaded the evidence as long as they could. When the issue became
overwhelmingly clear to the whole world, the collectivists were faced with a
choice: either turn to the right, in the name of humanity—or to the left, in
the name of dictatorial power. They turned to the left—the New Left.
Instead of their old promises that collectivism would create universal
abundance and their denunciations of capitalism for creating poverty, they are
now denouncing capitalism for creating abundance. Instead of promising
comfort and security for everyone, they are now denouncing people for being
comfortable and secure.