Can Marxism (without it’s atheistic view) work in a democratic country along with the Church (in particular in the US with its current constituion) ?
Aside from the obvious failures of Communism in the USSR and China, where religion was persecuted relentlessly, is it possible for this country to take on socialism in a peaceful evolution (as opposed to a violent revolution as was the case in many other socialist takeovers) ?
Personally, I see that capitalism works in this country for a huge portion of the population. It offers the most freedom of any political view for individuals, and it offers opportunities to advance and improve ones social class. PLUS it guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of press and freedom excell (or fail) in proportion to whatever efforts an individual is willing to put forth.
On the other hand, capitalism creates a small percentage of super wealthy that ends up controlling the political and financial aspects of the country. According to this 'golden rule" the ones with the most gold, rules.
Such is the case with capitalism, folks with enormous wealth have the most say in the political process. They can control who gets elected and who does not. Even though we have a one person, one vote political process, everyone knows that it takes a lot of money to get elected.
We are becoming a country ruled by the rich, and it is the rich who can influence country-wide opinion, merely by promoting (advertising) what views they wish to push forward.
There are small groups of socialists developing in our schools and among young people (my son has joined one of these). They are disenchanted with the war, and what they view as American imperialism. They see the war as an economic grab for oil, and they see the occupation of Iraq as unjustified.
What we see in the news is far different from how Europe is reporting it. The ‘insurgentcy’ or pro-terrorists that our government proposes to fight against is seen by the rest of the world as a normal reaction to an occupation by a foreign power.