The Socialist Temptation

Posted July 6, 2018 4:21 pm by James Kalb

The Socialist Temptation

Socialism never goes away. A quarter century after its collapse in Eastern Europe and Russia and the success of market-oriented reforms elsewhere, many people once again see it as the ideal.
That’s true even in the Church. Not so very long ago Saint John XXIII could reaffirm the teaching of Pope Pius XI that “No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism.” And Saint John Paul II could point to “the fundamental error of socialism,” that it “maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice.”
That was then and this is now. Today we find people,

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