From an interview I recently found:
"I've always doubted that the socialists had a leg to stand on intellectually. They have improved their argument slightly, but once you begin to understand that prices are an INSTRUMENT OF COMMUNICATION AND GUIDANCE WHICH EMBODY MORE INFORMATION THAN WE DIRECTLY HAVE, the whole idea that you can bring about the same order based on the division of labor by simple direction from "experts" falls to the ground. Similarly, the idea that you can arrange for distributions of incomes which correspond to some conception of merit or need is equally as foolish.
If you need prices, including the prices of labor, to direct people to go where they are needed, you cannot have another distribution except the one from the market principle.
I think that intellectually there is just nothing left of socialism."
-F.A. Hayek (in 1973)
Here's a major reason why I'm not a liberal: to say that you're more compassionate and just looking out for "the little guy" is not enough. If you say you care and then employ intellectually vapid and practically impossible plans to help those in need, you either don't what you're talking about or don't really care and are trying to grab more power and prestige for yourself. Neither are enviable positions to be in.
For those of you who are Christians and skeptical of free market enterprise and conservative fiscal policy, I'm all in favor of having those discussions and finding Christ-honoring, effective ways to help the least among us. But if you're a Christian and you actively (or even passively) endorse government-enforced and funded "social justice", you're wrong. You may mean well, but you're wrong. It doesn't work. It can't work. It's predicated on other peoples' money being re-distributed and overseen by the same people in government that have run the Post Office into the ground. The same people who have racked up debts and deficits we may never be able to pay back.
You don't have to shop at Wal-Mart or go to Sarah Palin's church to be a fan of free enterprise.