In a message dated Thu, 9 Aug 2001 5:33:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]> writes:
<<if that would ever be acheived... we'd be in Paradise!
There are indeed certain deeply humane --and humantarian-- aspects in Marxism, comparable to early Christianism. Alas, human greed is adverse to the practice of them.>>
I either agree, or regard this as one of the most dangerous of commonly-accepted canards. The difference turns on what precisely you mean.
If you mean that people who *choose* to live their lives in conformity with Christ's teachings would tend to give away much of their property, love all humanity, devote their efforts to the welfare of strangers (and thus to the common good), and thereby resemble idealized Marxists in significant ways, I agree.
If, however, you mean that it would be a "paradise" if people could be *forced* to do these things, then I'm appalled. My objection isn't just that any govt. with sufficient power to do this would abuse it (though that's certainly true.)
Rather, even if we could eliminate that concern, I'd consider such a development, perfectly realized, to be horribly evil, for it would deprive people of the right to make their own choices in important areas that define what it means to be human.
Communism is a bad economic theory, as the past 80 years have shown. But there is nothing immoral about that (beyond the moral responsibility anyone bears for being wrong when trying to do good.) Communism is a political and moral offense because, in its ideal form, it subordinates the individual *entirely* to the state.
Now, I know, that's just till the withering away kicks in and at that point, everyone will be good with no compulsion. I dunno, I don't think the centuries of subjugation are worth enduring, on the remote chance of hitting that number.
Much of the globe has major objections to capitalism, too, more than a few of which I share. But I still shudder at the prospect that, a generation or a century from now, folks are going to give global totalitarianism
another go, on the theory that Marxism was ill served by the Soviets. In fact, the world was ill served by both.