When one observes the nightmare of the desperate efforts made by hundreds of
thousands of people struggling to escape from the socialized countries of
Europe, to escape over barbed-wire fences, under machine-gun fire—one can no
longer believe that socialism, in any of its forms, is motivated by benevolence
and by the desire to achieve men’s welfare.
No man of authentic benevolence could evade or ignore so great a horror on so
vast a scale.
Socialism is not a movement of the people. It is a movement of the
intellectuals, originated, led and controlled by the intellectuals, carried by
them out of their stuffy ivory towers into those bloody fields of practice
where they unite with their allies and executors: the thugs.