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Margaret Thatcher on socialism

Conservative Party Conference, 1975 :



"Some socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. WE believe they should be individuals.


And we believe that everyone has the right to be unequal, but to us every human being is equally important.


A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state his servant and NOT his master, they are the essence of a FREE economy.[...]"

(emphasis mine)

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..and this is why Lady Thatcher was removed by the Conservative party because she opposed the EU, ie. courtesy of John Major and company imo.

Her father owned a grocery store I think, she could relate to free enterprise.


There is no right answer

when one argues if the state should be servant or master. There is no state: only people forced to work pay for the will of the few.

If the state is your servant, so are the people. If the state is your master, it is the servant of another.

Cyril's picture

Let's not fool ourselves.

We can always nitpick on any topic and everything (or almost) is relative, I suppose.

But let's not fool ourselves.

On "servant" vs. "master" :

The U.S. post office serves me when I pay for my mail stamps, when, and only when, I have something to mail. And I'm fine with that.

But then, compare this to the IRS.

Where did OUR money go ? Have you seen the spreadsheets ?

And press releases don't count, btw. We want to see the real stuff.

After all, doesn't the taxman ask to see the receipts when he visits us ?


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

"Doesn't The Taxman Ask To See The Receipts When He Visits Us?"

A great point, and another reason we should have the right to audit the Fed.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard