Socialists vs. Civil Society

“The socialist regimes of the 20th century that succeeded in comprehensively imposing their designs and central plans on the societies over which they ruled attempted to abolish any and all of the preceding institutions of civil society. Edward Shils noted this in his 1991 essay “The Virtue of Civil Society,” explaining how such regimes went to great lengths to replace civil society with the omnipotence of the state in all things. Indeed, as Shils said, ‘Marxist-Leninists declared themselves to be enemies of civil society.'”