Monday, October 7, 2019

The point of a bourgeois ideology

The point of a bourgeois ideology is to make rich people feel good about doing little or nothing to help the poor. In Europe, this was originally done with institutional Christianity and Judaism. As the rich grew more skeptical, liberal philosophy filled the niche. Currently this is handled by left identitarianism, which does all it can to keep social identities in the intersection and class out.

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  2. It's an old Marxist prejudice that organized religion is some sort of necessary tool to justify the social order.

    If you take even a cursory look at the least organized and formalized religions - traditional, pagan religions, their world views are far more accommodating of inequality than Judaism or Christianity. In large, complex societies, it's equality that needs to be defended, not inequality.

    And the bourgeoisie have never been especially pious. If you look at the secularized Christmas traditions that so dismays American religious traditionalists, they usually go back to the 19th century upper class. (Have you seen Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet from 1892?).

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    1. I agree religion per se is not the enemy. I get frustrated with Marxists who seem more interested in promoting atheism than communism.

      The working class also has a long history of secularizing Christmas. That’s why Puritans banned it.

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