: : I think that one of the good things which socialist thought has brought to the world is the legitimising of care for others without the religious baggage.
: "...the legitimising of care for others..."; the socialists brought that into the world?
: Oh, OK, sort of like when the Soviets had claimed that they invented baseball and such.
: Ever hear of the story of the Good Samaritan? The Second Great Commandment?
No, you didn't understand what I said. You have only served to reinforce my statement. I care about the welfare of other people because I feel that this is right, not because I live in fear of God's commandments and I want to go to heaven.
I didn't say that socialism invented the idea of caring for others, only that it gave it political legitimacy without resorting to threats and intimidation from on high.
And just to pre-empt you, communist regimes did indeed resort to threats and intimidation, however, the idea of socialism in itself does not do this.The bible and the church do.