Wednesday, June 23

Is Pope Francis a Marxist? (Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

From Lee Karl Palo at Paradigm One. Lee's "Untimely Meditations" match quite well with our "Thoughtful Thursdays." I hope you enjoy his thoughts expressed here and take a moment to wander over to his website.

Again Pope Francis is likened to Marxists, and some of the more infamous followers of Marx, like Lenin.Apparently there is some difficulty in understanding Pope Francis’ relationship to Marxism, so I thought I would diagram it…

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Given the pejorative connotations Marx has to many Western Capitalist Societies, it seems more likely that being labeled a Marxist is a convenient way for some people to avoid taking Pope Francis’ critique seriously.


Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations are meant to provoke thought. They are not necessarily meant to convey the author’s actual opinion, and may be hypothetical in nature. The style is inspired by a certain oft-misunderstood European philosopher of the late 19th Century (he would have preferred to be called a European philosopher rather than a German philosopher) – “Dionysus.”

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This is a reposting of an article published by Lee Karl Palo at Paradigm One. Published with the permission of the author.


  • Besides which there’s a helluva lot more to being a Marxist than just critiquing capitalism. For example, to be a REAL Marxist you have to …

    … believe in historical determinism
    … the future course of history is a matter of sheer economics
    … be an “upside-down” Hegelian (Marx said he “stood Hegel on his head”)
    … be a materialist (no spiritual aspect to life & history, which is purely a matter of material & efficient causes)
    … DISbelieve in God
    … accept the “labor theory” of value (basically that the value of any item — a toothpick or a 787 — is a function of the amount of labor that went into it)
    … believe in the inevitable conflict between the “means of production” (technological infrastructure) and the mode of production (the forms of social organization in which production takes place, e.g., cottage industry, feudal guilds, factories, etc.)

    … MANY other factors …

    Saying Francis is a Marxist because he critiques capitalism is like taking a “peace symbol” hood ornament, sticking it on your 72 Yugo with a busted radiator, & saying you drive a Merdedes-Benz.

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