[This] reminds me of something I once heard Walter E. Williams say, “Socialism only works if you know everybody’s name,” implying that central planning, income redistribution, and a welfare-type system with a social safety net might have a chance to work well within a family when you know everybody intimately and personally, but fails when it’s applied impersonally to a large group of people, i.e. society at large.
Preface: I’m a non-Mormon living in Utah. In short, an interloper.
It’s exceptionally hard for me to make the case to my (mostly conservative Republican) Mormon friends and students that some of the actions of their church have great similarities to socialism (like a great many other churches too).
This quote points up an important distinction. Churches, when practicing their form of socialism, emphasize the name-knowing part. In contrast, government, when practicing its form of socialism, downplays the name-knowing part.