The Spirit Matters: Reflections on Economics and Society 25 Years after the Fall of Communism
Though it has been years since the fall of Communism in Europe, the questions raised by Marx, Engels, and their intellectual heirs remain pertinent. Are human persons merely material beings? Are economic forces the decisive factor in human affairs? What are the sources of happiness, fulfillment, and prosperity? Do non-governmental institutions have an indispensible role to play in the achievement of these goals? How should we deal with inequality?
In this collection of essays, five experts apply these critical questions to contemporary society, mining the theory and experience of Communism for lessons that are and will continue to be essential to every effort to create the conditions necessary for human flourishing. Catholic social teaching furnishes the resources to understand the reasons behind the failed promise of Communism, and to guide us toward more constructive social, political, and economic action.
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