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Religion

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”  

Hélder Câmara; Archbishop, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife,

Jeremy Corbyn’s Good Samaritan
Monday, 24 December 2018 16:41

Jeremy Corbyn’s Good Samaritan

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James Crossley writes about Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas message. Christmas is a rare time when politicians can, without too much embarrassment, openly talk about issues relating to popular understandings of religion. As I’ve argued in detail elsewhere, Christmas functions as a soft authority for various political ideologies and a particularly good…
Capitalism, Communism, Christianity - and Christmas
Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:43

Capitalism, Communism, Christianity - and Christmas

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Roland Boer answers questions about religion, capitalism, Christian communism – and Christmas. Culture Matters is also giving away a downloadable PDF of Professor Boer's new ebook on Christian communism, with best wishes to all our readers for the midwinter celebrations. Let's hope we have a culturally and politically progressive 2019........…
Radical Sacrifice
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 20 August 2018 13:33

Radical Sacrifice

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Other articles in this section of Culture Matters have dealt with the revolutionary strands and meanings, often deeply buried, in various religions. Here, Sean Ledwith reviews Terry Eagleton's latest book, which focuses on radical strands in the Catholic religion. The image above is Marc Chagall's White Crucifixion, 1938, in which…
Marxism, Buddhism and socialism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 April 2018 09:44

Marxism, Buddhism and socialism

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Richard King teases out the links between Marxism, Buddhism and socialism. The Dalai Lama and Marxism Dhammic Socialism according to Buddhist principles holds that Nature created beings which must live in groups. Both plants and animals live together in groups or communities. This system we will call ‘socialism’ … in…
Why Christianity matters to socialism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:20

Why Christianity matters to socialism

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James Crossley argues for the importance of the radical Christian tradition as an important resource for the revolutionary transformation of the world.  On becoming leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn envisaged living a society “where we don’t pass by on the other side of those people…
Marxism and religion
Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:28

Marxism and religion

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Richard Clarke outlines how religion, like any other cultural activity, is capable of both promoting political and social liberation, and being manipulated and controlled by ruling classes who attempt – and very often succeed – in turning it into a force for conservatism. Most Marxists would say that it is…
Towards a mindful cultural commons
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:22

Towards a mindful cultural commons

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Peter Doran points to the way buddhist concepts are being corrupted by the commodifying pressures of capitalist culture, and outlines the ways in which true mindfulness practices can help us resist the growing demands of the 'attention economy'. Neoliberal capitalism is an advanced form of symbolic and material power. We…
Image by Ignacia Ruiz
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 22:16

Religion: opium of the people?

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In the first of a series of essays on Marxism and religion, Roland Boer discusses Marx's description of religion as 'the opium of the people'. It is also available as a free ebook here. Marx’s most well-known observation concerning religion is that it is ‘the opium of the people’. The…
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