Monday, November 16, 2009

Half Buddhist, Half Marxist

"Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes--that is, the majority--as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair. I just recently read an article in a paper where His Holiness the Pope also pointed out some positive aspects of Marxism."

"As for the failure of the Marxist regimes, first of all I do not consider the former USSR, or China, or even Vietnam, to have been true Marxist regimes, for they were far more concerned with their narrow national interests than with the Workers' International; this is why there were conflicts, for example, between China and the USSR, or between China and Vietnam. If those three regimes had truly been based upon Marxist principles, those conflicts would never have occurred."

"I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is nor much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor. I think that this is due to the lack of human solidarity and compassion. The principal disadvantage of such a regime is the insistence placed on hatred to the detriment of compassion."

"The failure of the regime in the former Soviet Union was, for me, not the failure of Marxism but the failure of totalitarianism. For this reason I still think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist."

Attributed to
but, I didn't hear him say it, so who knows
if he actually said it or not.

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3 reader comments:

Sonam said...

Unbelievable. Or Frightening, who knows...

Paldor said...

I agreeand I think in a way, buddhists are (if they really practice) the better comunists!

Anonymous said...

"From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs" only works in a smoky tavern while the revolution is plotted or in a classroom where a utopian philosopher rants. Government is about power. Restrained (smaller government) provides more individual freedom.

A wise teacher told me about the King of Thailand who wished to punish a village once. He gave them an elephant. To honor the king's gift, the village had to feed the elephant and care for it and it beggared them.

Government is much like the elephant when many rules are imposed.

Big Government is like a big Temple (both come with a big demon).

Or so I was told.