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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,

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…
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K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 10 December 2016 11:47

When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism

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Adrian Chan-Wyles discusses some links between Marxism and Buddhism. ‘It is a question of spirit which creates itself out of nothing, hence it is a question of nothing, which out of nothing makes itself spirit.’ -  Karl Marx: The German Ideology Prometheus Books, (1998), Page 161 Karl Marx was not…
Communism, religion and atheism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:01

Communism, religion and atheism

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Professor Roland Boer continues his series with a discussion of religion and membership of communist parties. Is it possible to join a communist party as a religious person? The answer, we would expect, is ‘no’. After all, Marxism is a materialist philosophy and political movement, with no time for the mystifying…
Ascension
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:00

Jesus, tribune of the people, ascends to heaven

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May 5th is Ascension Day in the Christian calendar. Andrew Brown proposes a radical linterpretation of the story, first suggested by the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. Introductory texts: 1. The Ascension of Jesus So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will…
Engels and revolutionary religion
Monday, 04 April 2016 10:40

Engels and revolutionary religion

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Can religion foster revolutionary movements? Roland Boer continues his series on marxism and religion, with a discussion of Engels's growing understanding of the political ambivalence of Christianity. It complements James Crossley's article on the Radical Jesus. Friedrich Engels is not often given due credit for his distinct contributions to the socialist…
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