From Spencer’s 1884 to Orwell’s 1984-Hazlitt

“All socialism,” Spencer concludes, “involves slavery….That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires.” The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. “The essential question is—How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?”