I’ve been seeing a lot of variations of this meme on the FB and Twitter machines recently. I can only think that they’re being shared 1) by those who are ignorant or 2) by those who are purposefully misrepresenting the facts. Those in the second category should be criticized for their dishonesty; as much as you may dislike or disagree with an ideological position, you should be honest. Your cause is not helped by lies. Those in the first category should be criticized only if they’re unwilling to accept correction.
Socialism is not about idleness and is not for the lazy. “Workers of the world, unite!” has been the rallying cries of socialist and communist groups ever since Marx and Engles penned the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Socialism is about protecting those who work, rewarding them for their labor.
If you’re spreading the lie that Socialism is for the lazy and the idle, either from ignorance or in malice- Stop. Tell the truth. Socialism is for the workers.
And, as I’ve said before, Socialism Is Love.