Saturday, June 07, 2008

Socialism

I normally criticise this (must make time to do the same with conservatism more often), but I was just reading something or other that referred to Mugabe as a socialist. I know that's what he calls himself, and I know there's a particularly unconvincing line of argument that sometimes comes from the left to the effect that the Soviet Union, say, was "right wing". I know that, but in the case of Mugabe, in fairness, in what sense, exactly, is he a socialist?

If he started describing himself as a duck, would we start calling him a duck?

1 comment:

dearieme said...

People who use the power of the state to steal in the name of Equality are usually called Socialists, aren't they? If in the name of the Aryan Race, Nazis; if in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, Popes.