…with this achingly beautiful piece, a followup to his earlier column which said that socialism converts hysterical misery into ordinary unhappiness. It starts like so:
> Socialism wont eliminate the sorrows of the human condition. Loss, death, betrayal, disappointment, hurt: none of these would disappear or even be mitigated in a socialist society. As the Pirkei Avot puts it, against your will you enter this world, against your will you leave it. (Or something like that.) Thats not going to change under socialism.
> But what socialism can do is to arrange things so that you can deal with and confront these unhappinesses of the human condition. Not flee from or avoid them because youre so consumed by the material constraints and hassles of everyday life.
It gets better from there. Please go read.