Monday, June 26, 2006

Communism and Religion

I have always thought that communism springs from Karl Marx theory, an economic theory, which advocates for resource sharing, as opposed to the capitalistic theory, which advocates for market forces deciding.

The implementation of communism requires big government. Big government is not necessarily bad. Big government that choose to serve people, work in partnership with business can be a good thing. It's the corruption in government that brings about trouble. But that corruption can exists in communist society as well as capitalistic society, or even a monotheistic society.

When a person sits on top of that big chunk of money - ie. from tax collections, it is very tempting to dip his/her hand into it, hoping nobody will notice that it is missing. It happens in governments, it happens is businesses, it happens when you find money on the street that doesn't belong to you.

Now why did the United States fight Communism? Is it because it is against Communism in principle? or in its implementation, those countries who choose to practice Communism are generally anti-religion. According to a recent analysis that I heard from NPR, it is for the latter reason. Are there any country that are religious and practice communism as well, I wonder? Are religion and communism mutually exclusive? It doesn't seem to be. In fact, it can be very compatible. But again, ideals sounds good, but it is in the implementation that we hit a snag.

We've seen the collapse of communism in Russia. Are we on solid ground in our capitalistic model? I would say that this capitalistic model has created such an imbalance, a large gap between rich and poor, that it too, is at risk of collapsing. It creates a lot of unhappy people, and some of these unhappy people can choose violence to get their message across.

We have to get creative and create a better model.


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