Interactive Collective Quiz
GUESS WHICH COLLECTIVIST SAID IT...
... and find out on which side of the gulag fence
you'll be tomorrow.
(Warning: some questions are more equal than others, and some answers will make you want to slap yourself upside the head with a shovel).
The Common Good
"We demand that the State shall make it its primary duty to provide a livelihood for its citizens."
"Our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation."
"It's time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals."
"Our nation can achieve permanent health only from within on the basis of the principle: The common interest before self-interest."
It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few, and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."
"All individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State."
"It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."
"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. "
"The world needs a new moral architecture... I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral."
"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe."
"Personal enrichment from war must be regarded as a crime against the nation. We demand therefore the ruthless confiscation of all war profits."
"The war in Iraq makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction, such as Halliburton and its sister companies. "
"We hope that the great United States of America does not continue to use its enormous resources, especially its military might, to destroy human life on earth."
"I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war."
"The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."
"We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world."
"There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets."
"It is crystal clear who benefits from igniting the fire of this war and this bloodshed. They are the merchants of war, the bloodsuckers who run the policy of the world from behind the scenes: President Bush and his ilk, (and) the media giants."
Life in a Democracy
"The trouble with free elections is, you never know who is going to win."
"Crime is a product of social excess."
"It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed."
"Any kitchen maid should be able to run the country."
"Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot."
"I hope we will come together as a nation and do whatever it takes to keep guns away from people who have no business with them."
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?"
"The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature or controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method, the method of discussion, of criticism, of persuasion and education, and not by the method of coercion or repression."
"We have to build a political consensus, and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
"We demand the extensive development of insurance for old age."
"We need to be as well prepared to defend ourselves against public health dangers, as we should be to defend ourselves against any foreign danger."
"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care."
"I had a few ideas about health care, and I've learned a few lessons since then, but I haven't given up the goal."
"The aim of the school must be to give the student, beginning with the first sign of intelligence, a grasp of the notion of the State."
"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
"You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you."
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."
Capitalism and War of Classes
"Too many people have made too much money."
"Capitalism leads us straight to hell."
"Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts."
"I certainly think the free-market has failed."
"Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps."
"(We) can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
"I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism."
"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism."
"First ascertain exactly the position of the various capitalists, then control them, influence them by restricting or enlarging, facilitating or hindering their credits, and finally (it) can entirely determine their fate."
"It's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in the entire economy, that they are being watched."
"The unfettered free market has been the most radically destructive force in American life in the last generation."
"The untrammeled intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and the spread of market values into all areas of life, is endangering our open and democratic society."
"There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants."
"The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better than the private sector will spend it."
Life As Political Struggle
"Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party."
"Destroy the family, you destroy the country."
"Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive."
"I will fight against the division politics of revenge and retribution."
"Political work is the life-blood of all economic work."
"I am particularly horrified by the use of propaganda and the manipulation of the truth and the revision of history."
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."
"I'm quite modest. I don't want to tell people I'm a leader."
"Here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else."
"I want to be a champion for the people I have fought for all my life - regular people."
"My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism."
"Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking."
"Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?"
"I never heard any such conversation."
You were quite a bit off, weren't you? No need to explain, you're not the first one. Just take a deep breath, then start packing warm clothes and a shovel. The commissar will take you to the train station with the rest of them.
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