“You might ask, after 110 years of opposition to communism, why are we publishing an article in this issue that is sympathetic to it? Well, for one thing, you should not assume that America’s editorial position on communism has changed very much. It has not. What has also not changed is our willingness to hear views with which we may disagree but that we nonetheless think are worth hearing. And we could not have picked a better author for such an article.”
(Paul Bios – Daily Signal) The Jesuit publication “America Magazine” has officially lost its unholy mind. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church has condemned both communism and socialism as unviable economic systems that violate natural law by depriving individuals of their labor’s fruits, the magazine still had the audacity to publish “The Catholic Case for Communism” by Dean Dettloff.
Not once throughout Dettloff’s lengthy defense of communism, in which he characterizes it as a just system seeking to correct the exploitation of the poor on behalf of the wealthy, does he mention the fact it ushered in one of the most destructive centuries in the history of the world, causing up to 100 million human deaths either by way of famine or government force. No mention of gulags, no mention of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward,” and no mention of re-education camps. Instead, Dettloff plays a big (and wholly simplified) game of whataboutisms by claiming capitalism has caused just as much suffering as communism.
“Communists are not the only ones who have to answer for creating human suffering,” he writes. “Far from being a friendly game of world competition, capitalism, Marx argued, emerged through the privatization of what was once public, like shared land, a process enforced first by physical violence and then continued by law.”
In other words, a person being able to call the police when a trespasser waltzes on to their private property is akin to shipping someone off to a re-education camp because they held the wrong opinions. Dettloff goes on: