It's easy to see why socialism is so appealing to so many people. It promises so much (even if it is short on delivery). It preaches that there are simple solutions to everything; all you have to do is pass a law and it will be so.
It can even point to localized successes. Afterall, if you take from the many and give to the few it is very easy to prove that the few have benefited. Because of this the socialist must constantly find small groups to enrich at the expense of their neighbors. This weaves a patchwork of special interest groups who may not defend every program but are united in their defense of the system.
Thus it becomes that “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”