While Maguire showed no public affinity for Sanders, the same can’t be said for another attendee, Kerry Foerst, UNC Junior, who admitted to being both a supporter and a campaigner for the Vermont senator.
“Socialism is a theory of justice, and justice is equality,” Maguire said. "A principle of community where everyone looks after each other."
Maguire explained equality as two things, the equality of welfare, or to equalize opportunities for all people and equality of opportunity for welfare through industrial responsibility.
"If we were developing talents equally in an open market, the economy would improve," Maguire said.
He also said there were three main obstacles to socialism; formal obstacles, like jobs that only hired men vs. women, social obstacles like racism and social norms, and natural obstacles like people who have disabilities.
If these obstacles were overcome, Maguire says socialism could prosper.
Not all attendants were convinced.
"You're talking all hypothetical here," Chapel Hill resident Neil Slater interjected.
In response, Foerst said that people "have to have an idea of how to move society forward."
Slater later admitted he was homeless. He asked Maguire if he would share his salary with him.
Maguire refused, citing his low salary, the ineffective nature of the act, and by stating, "Quite frankly, I don't know you from Adam."
Maguire explained he did give 10 percent of his salary to charity every year, and insisted more people should do so.
The Internationalist will be having another lecture next Thursday.