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The Marxist description is Fundamentalism, and the Capitalist one is the Calvinist heresy.

Or is the Christian mythology archetypal?

paul spencer

by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Thu Aug 27th, 2009 at 08:14:34 PM EST
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All are competing archetypes.  But I would say that Marxism is secularized judeo-christian fundamentalism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 27th, 2009 at 10:10:19 PM EST
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if you've seen 'Zeitgeist- the movie', you might think so.

maybe if you boil christianity down to its essence, sans effluvia, it comes down to a bouillon of two basic ingredients:

  1. if you're too nice to people, and stand up for the rights of the individual when they're in conflict with those rights appropriated by the power of the state, the state will kill you.

  2. unselfishness taken to the point of total self-sacrifice is so rare that the narrative created by such acts (real or imaginary), sends a wave of novelty across the waters of history that can last millennia, and inspire people, when they are in the darkest hours of their lives, to acknowledge that not all men are brutes, and their intentions not always venal.

so as myths go, it encodes a warning about human nature at its worst and best, like a myth should!

whether it cannot be superceded... i suspect so, it's the how that is the puzzle.

but were that impulse unsuccessful, at least the old tried and true one was noble, if overchallenging for most, (therefore alienating). buddha's road is better tailored to the average human's scale and range of attainability.

the theory is fine, it's the execution that's the problem... the numbers need onside to make ahimsa effective are a quantum magnitude greater that what is muster-able now.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 02:09:45 PM EST
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