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Entry from January 10, 2014
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy”

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” is a famous quotation credited to Winston Churchill (1874-1965). It is actually two different quotations pulled together, with some parts borrowed.

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy” was said by Churchill on May 28, 1948, in Perth, Scotland. “Socialism is the philosophy of failure” is not originally Churchill’s, but comes from the economist James Laurence Laughlin (1850-1933), who wrote “Socialism a Philosophy of Failure” for the May 1909 Scribner’s Magazine. “The gospel of envy, which is communism” was cited in the February 1893 Century Magazine

“Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” comes from another Churchill speech, given before the House of Commons on October 22, 1945:

“The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”


Wikiquote: Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG OM CH TD FRS PC (Can) (November 30 1874 – January 24 1965) was a British politician & statesman, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was Prime Minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
. Speech in the House of Commons, October 22, 1945 “Demobilisation”
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Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.
. Speech (May 28, 1948) at the Scottish Unionist Conference, Perth, Scotland, in Never Give In!: The best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches (2003), Hyperion, p. 446 ISBN 1401300561

Conservapedia: Winston Churchill
Famous Quotes
Churchill wrote, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Wikiquote: Socialism
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
. Winston Churchill, as quoted in The New American Newspeak Dictionary (2005) by Adrian Krieg, p. 96

Google Books
February 1893, The Century Magazine, pg. 543:
("The Voice of Tennyson” by Henry Van Dyke.—ed.)
He does not teach the gospel of hate, which is nihilism, nor the gospel of envy, which is communism, nor the gospel of despair, which is pessimism. He teaches the old gospel of personal love and help, which is Christianity.

Google Books
May 1909, Scribner’s Magazine, pg. 613:
SOCIALISM A PHILOSOPHY OF FAILURE
By J. Laurence Laughlin

Google Books
Europe Unite;
Speeches 1947 and 1948

By Winston Churchill
London: Cassell
1950
Pg. 347:
We are oppressed by a deadly fallacy. Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Unless we free our country while time remains from the perverse doctrines of Socialism, there can be no hope for recovery.

Google Books
Our Political Systems
By Adrian Krieg
Oakland, CA: Elderberry Press
2004
Pg. 144:
As we are taught by Sir Winston Churchill, socialism “is a philosophy of failure, a creed of ignorance, and a gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

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Posted by Barry Popik
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