“To remedy wrongs, the socialists, working on the poor man's envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies…
“They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. ... Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life. ...
“What is of far greater moment, however, is the fact that the remedy they propose is manifestly against justice. For, every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own.”
These words might have been written by an ardent Tea Party activist, dismayed by the present day progressive agenda of the Democratic Party. They weren’t.
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They might have been written by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas the outspoken and timely defender of our Constitution condemning President Obama’s persistent attacks these past six years against the safeguards of our liberty. They weren’t.
These are the words taken from Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical, Rerum Novarum, 1891.
The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.