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Creator Bokenkotter, Thomas S. Language eng. Publication New York, Image Books, Edition First edition. Extent x, pages. Isbn It loses its class character. What communists desire is an authentically common life together, and they think that can only happen by relativizing property in light of the good of everyone.
Radical indeed, but certainly not all that shocking to people who remember when the Virgin Mary sang that God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty Lk Dorothy Day seemed to recognize the deeper motivations for communism later on, changing her judgment of good communists to suggest perhaps there is also good communism. Her article in America was written at the beginning of the Great Depression. Twenty years later, Fidel Castro and comrades founded the 26th of July Movement. That effort in ousted Fulgencio Batista, whose regime was infamous for torturing or killing thousands of Cubans while enjoying support from the United States.
Reflecting on the Cuban revolution in The Catholic Worker in , Day offered a complex perspective on the persecution of some Catholics following the revolution. This is a tragic fact. Castro had not only permitted priests and nuns to stay in Cuba, Day wrote, but affirmed that the church endured through monarchies, republics and in feudalist states.
She noted many Jesuits would stay in Cuba to work in parishes and added that the Jesuits already had experience living through periods of persecution and suppression.
But Dorothy Day was not open only to the begrudging possibility that the Cuban church might not be wiped out by socialism. We believe there must be new concepts of property, which is proper to [humanity], and that the new concept is not so new. There is a Christian communism and a Christian capitalism. A year later, Day visited Cuba to see the revolutionary society for herself. In a series of dispatches to The Catholic Worker, she reported glowingly, albeit not without noting the many problems the young society had to solve, problems she hoped could in fact be solved with a little communist ingenuity.
Spanning over a century now, communists—Christians and non-Christians—have fought against a violent capitalist economy, putting their lives and freedoms at risk, enduring character assassination, imprisonment and war. Whether or not one is convinced by the communist hope of abolishing private property, it is undeniable that communists have provided a real, material challenge to a global system that the most powerful world governments have every intention of perpetuating.
The loss of a mass communist movement, due in large part to an aggressive legal and political persecution by the United States and other governments, has made organizing opposition to capitalism itself a difficult task; but even in its absence, a majority of millennials reject capitalism. So Dorothy Day was right when she said it is when the communists are good that they are dangerous. Communists are pursuing the good when they are dangerous; they are opposing an economic system based on avarice, exploitation and human suffering, afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.
There is no case. It has nothing to do with religion. Equality of outcome is a horrible philosophy. God made us unequal for a reason. To strive to get better. Communism and socialism eliminates any incentive to better oneself. Plus million dead and extreme poverty. Communists are never good. Socialism because it is against the natural law always leads to dysfunctional outcomes which require strong armed leaders to suppress the people.
Thus, it will always lead to massive deaths let alone incredible poverty. The natural state of humans as God made us is inequality. This leads us to better oneself and others then benefit by our example.
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The pareto distribution describes nearly all human achievements. A few excel to extreme levels and the rest reap the benefit of their achievements. I did not know that there was a gospel according to Pareto. Pareto would agree, however, that monopsony, aka exploitation, is suboptimal. Read about the Pareto distribution. Abilities are distributed unequally in humans.
Not everyone is Hank Aaron, Mozart or Shakespeare. Observe the world.
By the way you apparently do not know what capitalism is. There are many varieties. Just as socialism has many forms so does capitalism. Free market capitalism has given us the modern world.
No form of socialism has worked. Isaiah, Amos, Moses, the Apostles and God beg to differ. Note the parable of the harvesters. They received equality of results. To each according to their need. Nothing in Scripture glorifies self reliance except Proverbs. An aside: There is a movie on Dorothy Day which I highly recommend. She had an incredible will.
But with all this will and good intentions she had about zero effect on eliminating poverty in the world. But yet poverty is disappearing from the world despite the doom and gloom of the author and it has nothing to do with anything Catholics or any form of socialism has contributed.
How the second Vatican council responded to the modern world
Any form of socialism? Like the kind in Scandinavian countries, or even Canada with respect to health care? Or what is described in Acts ? Conservatives in this country abuse it more than any other group I can think of. Institute for Christian Studies; B. Cornerstone University Dean Dettloff is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies, where he researches the intersections of media, religion, and politics. Currently, his academic work explores the ambiguity within Christianity as a world historical force, using media theory to investigate Christian technologies of domination and liberation.
He also writes as a journalist, covering Canadian social issues and the Christian left, and co-hosts The Magnificast, a podcast about Christianity and leftist politics.
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The Scandinavian countries are mainly free market capitalist countries. You are confusing social programs with socialism. Agree completely.
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