Quotation by George Bernard Shaw

We were trying to find out a sound plan of distributing money; and every time we proposed to distribute it according to personal merit or achievement or dignity or individual quality of any sort the plan reduced itself to absurdity. When we tried to establish a relation between money and character we were beaten. When we tried to establish a relation between money and the dignity that gives authority we were beaten. And when we gave it up as a bad job and thought of leaving things as they are we found that they would not stay as they are.... The only way out of this is to give everybody the same, which is the Socialist solution of the distribution problem.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1928). The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism, ch. 14, Constable (1949).
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