A look at how poverty was valued, in connection to virtue and to justice, within Jesus’s philosophy.
Featuring Andy Langley and Glen Stratton. Recorded November 16, 2013.
On Karl Marx’s The German Ideology, Part I, an early, unpublished work from 1846. What is human nature? What drives history? How can we improve our situation? Marx thought that fundamentally, you are what you do: you are your job, your means of subsistence. All the rest, this culture, this religion, this philosophy, is just a thin layer over our basic situation. Ideas are not primarily what changes the world; it’s economics.
End song: “Job” by Mark Lint and the Fake from So Whaddaya Think? (2000).
Apparently The Smurfs have been accused of being anti-semitic communists living in a totalitarian utopia. It bears mentioning — since we’re reading Plato’s Republic for the next podcast — that each Smurf is named for what they do best. — Wes