I will start by thanking my friend Mark Urbin for posting this on his Tumblr site:
While Socialism appears on the face of it to be an economic doctrine it is in fact an excuse for a series of political actions--the acquisition and exercise of power.
The fundamental value of what we call the Progressive Movement is Power. The very first member of the of what we now call that movement was the stone age hunter-gatherer who saw others working the land with their primitive tools and decided to compel them to feed him. Their sole original idea was to enslave the productive and every thought they had since that time was simply an excuse for the use of Power.
The fact is that if a Socialist had a conscience they wouldn't be a Socialist.