Sir Winston Churchill Born This Day in 1874

Sir Winston Churchill

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
~ Winston Churchill

He led Britain and the world through World War II. He is regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. He made mistakes and had his failings but readily admitted when he was wrong.

He was Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955. He was a statesman, orator, officer in the British army, a historian, writer and artist. He is the only British PM to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature and was the first person to be made an honorary Citizen of the United States.

Why study Winston Churchill?

He was not a partisan or a cynic. He was a man of principle, he was eloquent, and he was a man of courage. He was also a colonialist and a socialist who went back-and-forth between socialism and conservatism until finally becoming ardently anti-socialism.

His inspiring words helped get Britain through the war: “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills: we shall never surrender,” he said.

Winston Churchill on what is at stake in the Battle of Britain: “…so bear ourselves, if the British Empire and its Commonwealths last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.'”

Churchill warned of the danger of Hitler but appeasement was the order of the day under Neville Chamberlain.

The following video draws the parallels between Hitler and the threat of radical Islam today:

One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
~ Winston Churchill

Read more about Sir Winston Spencer Churchill here.