I heard a program on Crosstalk America, a Christian talk show originally aired on Friday, May 14, 2010.
Bob Knight, who is with Coral Ridge Ministries was being interviewed by host Vic Eliason. Knight commented, “Here is a good dictionary definition of it (socialism) that you’ll find in our (newly published) book, Ten Truths About Socialism.
Any of various economic and political theories advocating COLLECTIVE or GOVERNMENTAL ownership, administration of the means of production, and distribution of goods.
Knight goes on to add, ”A shorter definition was voiced by Frederick Bastiat in the classic book, A Treatise on Man’s Law, is:
In briefly researching Mr. Knight’s quote of Bastiat above, I found a more extensive excerpt of Bastiat’s definition from A Treatise on Man's Law, Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850):
Mr. de Montalembert has been accused of desiring to fight socialism by the use of brute force. He ought to be exonerated from this accusation, for he has plainly said: "The war that we must fight against socialism must be in harmony with law, honor, and justice."
But why does not Mr. de Montalembert see that he has placed himself in a vicious circle? You would use the law to oppose socialism? But it is upon the law that socialism itself relies. Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help.
To prevent this, you would exclude socialism from entering into the making of laws? You would prevent socialists from entering the Legislative Palace? You shall not succeed, I predict, so long as legal plunder continues to be the main business of the Legislature. It is illogical - in fact, absurd - to assume otherwise.