> On Thu, 7 Jan 1999 13:30:28 -0800, Hal Finney <email@example.com> wrote:
> >"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils,
> >namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by
> >an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals."
> >Albert Einstein, "Why Socialism?". Widely available on the net; try
> Being an admirer of the late Prof. Einstein, I paid this link a visit,
> hoping to find a thoughtful, or at least fresh, perspective by an
> incomparable intellect. Alas, I was gravely disappointed. He does little
> more than repeat the standard litany of groundless assertions that had
> already been discredited when he wrote the piece. The flaws are so
> transparent, it's obvious to me that he never gave any real thought to the
> All this article proves is that Einstein was no economist, had learned
> little from political history, and was uninterested in critically examining
> the assumptions he acquired from his upbringing and academic background. I
> expected better from such an otherwise brilliant thinker.
> As has been pointed out, whatever his stated ethical standards may have
> been, he in fact favored institutionalized thuggery.
Maybe he came to his conclusions because he never really profited from his grand discoveries, while lesser mortals got rich selling widgets and hitting home runs. A purely capitalistic economy would have enriched him. Then he probably would have been a capitalist. The inequality of the system might have simply pushed him towards socialism. Maybe he never gave it as much thought as most assume.