Marxism “No Longer Corresponds to Reality”

I know that people are happy that someone of such international stature as the Pope is saying this, but really? Read the statement:

He said: ‘Today it is evident that Marxist ideology in the way it was conceived no longer corresponds to reality. In this way we can no longer respond and build a society. New models must be found with patience and in a constructive way.’

Does this not implicitly state that Marxist ideology used to correspond to reality? Is this Il Papa throwing a theological bone to those priests to have been teaching liberation theology in Central and South America for more than half a century?

Or, does he believe that it is only now, after almost a century of applied Marxism, that we can call the experiment complete?

Of course, if we want new models on how societies could be constructed, we could look at that book–what was it called again? But I suppose that would not qualify as a source for new models, seeing that it is thousands of years old.


2 thoughts on “Marxism “No Longer Corresponds to Reality”

  1. I am more sympathetic to Benedict XVI – as I have read his writings, he has never endorsed Marxism as a valid understanding of reality. Remember, he came to head the lead doctrinal arm of the Vatican under John Paul II and John Paul had no illusions about the illusion of Marxism.

    Benedict is a gentleman scholar and well aware that flatly telling these academics and liberation theologians that they’re stupid won’t do anything but encourage them to dig in deeper and hold their position. If giving in to the little falsehood that maybe, possibly, at one time it might have made sense helps to move these fools off the greater falsehood of Marxism, go for it. Remember, too, that he is saying this as part of his visit to Cuba. For a pope on a state visit, this is like spitting in Castro’s beard.

    As for new models, I’m with you – there are rather old economic models (Adam Smith) that have far greater correspondence with reality, not to mention the model of human nature revealed in Scripture upon which Smith (but not Marx) based his theories.

    1. PNR,

      Your point about the context of the quote (and the realization that the Pope is largely a diplomat) makes sense. I suppose that I was expressing my hope that those in power might be a bit less diplomatic and a bit more blunt.

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