I’m quoting Don Boudreaux’s daily quote in full:
… is from Donald Sassoon’s December 6, 2002, Times Literary Supplement essay “All Shout Together,” as quoted on pages 117-118 of 2006 Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps’s 2013 book, Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change:
Socialism’s appeal, when it had one, was to say, at one and the same time, that its mission was to transcend capitalism while improving it; that everyone was equal but that the proletariat was the leading class; that money was the root of all evil but the workers needed more of it; that capitalism was doomed but the capitalists’ profits were as high as ever; that religion was the opium of the people but that Jesus was the first socialist; that the family was a bourgeois conspiracy but it needed defending from untrammeled industrialization; that individualism was to be deplored but that capitalist alienation reduced people to undifferentiated atoms; that there was more to politics than voting every few years while demanding universal suffrage; that consumerism beguiles the workers but they should all have a color television, a car and go on holidays abroad.
Economists are sometimes faulted for our usage of ceteris paribus. But, the extent to which other things need to be equal to justify belief in a system like this … qualifies as a suspension of reality.