Bernard Lonergan, Marx, and Liberty

This section, Bernard Lonergan, Marx, and Liberty, is simply a gathering of excerpts from different sources. Careful reading should inspire the reader to consult the sources for the rich context of each excerpt and for a fuller appreciation of Lonergan’s understanding and reasoning about the need for liberty. In brief, Lonergan demonstrates that Marx’s economics is insufficiently abstract and is contaminated by descriptive sociological and political categories; he finds Marx’s summons to class conflict perilous to humanity because it promotes and enforces a drift away from liberty to a totalitarianism culminating in the dreadful conditions of a no-escape frontier, clear and firm indoctrination, controlled media of information, a vigilant secret police, and the terrifying threat of labor camps, – all in the name of a mythical macroeconomics. (Continue reading)

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