I fear DK misunderstands socialism. He says:
The entire concept of socialism is based around the idea that a large part of the population is too...thick to be able to look after themselves. Because these people are so...thick, they need wise leaders to look after them and, naturally, everyone seems themselves as that wise leader.
It is an irritating and patronising attitude but is just another reason why I hate bloody socialists. It's also one of the main reasons why Leftist governments always move inexorably towards totalitarianism.
It's easy to see where DK got this impression. But he is wholly wrong to claim that this is the entire concept of socialism.
Indeed, my socialism is founded on the opposite view. I'm a socialist precisely because I believe bosses and politicians know no more than ordinary people, and so their claims to power - based as they are upon a pretence to expertise - are mistaken.
And I'm not eccentric here. There's a long tradition in proper socialism - as distinct from the fat-headed "progressive" pseudo-left Fabian drivel DK thinks representative of all socialists - which is sceptical of the state. Marxists have regarded the state not as a tool for leading the unenlightened but rather as a device for promoting the private interests of the ruling class. In this sense, Marxism and public choice theory have something in common.
Here, for example, is Fred Engels:
The state, therefore, has not existed from all eternity. There have been societies which have managed without it, which had no notion of the state or state power. At a definite stage of economic development, which necessarily involved the cleavage of society into classes, the state became a necessity because of this cleavage....The society which organizes production anew on the basis of free and equal association of the producers will put the whole state machinery where it will then belong - into the museum of antiquities, next to the spinning wheel and the bronze ax.
This might be overly utopian. But it contains an insight which is esasily overlooked by left and right - that the state is no friend of the worker. And socialism and statism are two different things.