Yes, people strive for socialism, but they do so out of entirely anti-social drives and instincts. We should not overlook this – that today we strive for socialism, basically, because people have grown so inwardly anti-social. If the social instinct were more self-evident, we would not need so many social programmes, which have arisen only as a reaction to our anti-social feelings.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 193 – Der innere Aspekt des sozialen Rätsels – Berlin, 12 September 1919 (page 105)
This English translation has been copied from the book: Problems of Society – An Esoteric View: from Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future – GA 193: Lecture 6 – Berlin, 12 September 1919 (page 82)