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Sunday, September 10, 2006

A Christian Revolution of Our Own Part I

Some thoughts from Day on Communism.

Communism is a good word, a Christian word originally, but to expect to achieve a state of society in which all is held in common, where the state will "wither away" through state socialism, maintained through a dictatorship of the proletariat, this is impossible for a reasonable person to believe.

It is only through religion that communism can be achieved, and has been achieved over and over again.
From Union Square to Rome, Chapter 12 - Wheat And Cockle By Dorothy Day , pp. 143-151.

Before her conversion, Day admited sympathizing and associating with communists. That relationship hurt her in the years to come despite later denouncing Communism and communist Russia in particular.

I did not believe in private property. I wanted to work for a state of society in which each should "work according to his ability and receive according to his need." That is Marx's definition of Communism. I did not believe that greedy and unjust men could be converted. I believed rather in the inevitability of revolution. ...
I still believe that revolution is inevitable, leaving out Divine Providence. But with the help of God and by resorting to His sacraments and accepting the leadership of Christ, I believe we can overcome revolution by a Christian revolution of our own, without the use of force. [Same source as above.]