Monday, January 18, 2010

Was Einstein a libertarian?

D. Saul Weiner has an article on LRC today exploring the libertarian aspects of Albert Einstein's thinking. The quotes he cites are interesting, and he got them from I particularly liked this one:
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
One of Einstein's comments I strongly disagree with is:
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
One I wish was included I heard long ago, and I don't know if it's something Einstein said or not, though it sounds like something he would say. When asked what kind of weapons will be used in World War III, Einstein replied:
I don't know what kind of weapons will be used in World War III. But I do know what kind will be used in World War IV - sticks, stones, bows and arrows.

1 comment:

Johan Lindén said...

Obvious answer, NO.

"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate (the) grave evils (of capitalism), namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society."

- Albert Einstein, Why Socialism?, 1949