Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) was an American politician, businessman and senator from Arizona.

Quotes by Barry Goldwater:

The currently favored instrument of collectivization is the Welfare State. The collectivists have not abandoned their ultimate goal – to subordinate the individual to the state – but their strategy has changed. They have learned that socialism can be achived through welfarism quite as well as through nationalization. They understand that private property can be confiscated as effectively by taxation as by expropriating it. They understand that the individual can be put at the mercy of the state – not only by making the state his employer – but by divesting him of the means to provide for his personal needs and by giving the state the responsibility of caring for those needs from cradle to grave .. they have discovered that welfarism is much more compatible with the political process of a democratic society.

Cited by Ezra Taft Benson in The Red Carpet. Chapt. 6, p.74. Creeping Socialism as the Red Carpet.

Socialism-through-Welfarism poses a far greater danger to freedom than Socialism-through-Nationalization precisely because it is more difficult to combat. The evils of Nationalization are self-evident and immediate. Those of Welfarism are veiled and tend to be postponed. People can understand the consequences of turning over ownership of the steel industry, say, to the State; and they can be counted on to oppose such a proposal. But let the government increase its contribution to the “Public Assistance” program and we will, at most, grumble about excessive government spending. The effect of Welfarism on freedom will be felt later on-after its beneficiaries have become its victims, after dependence on government has turned into bondage and it is too late to unlock the jail.

Conscience of a Conservative, p. 71-72, 1960.

The time has come to recognize the United Nations for the anti-American, anti-freedom organization that it has become.

Speech on the Senate floor, 1971.