A Protest Against Real Distress: Religion and Revolutionary Struggle

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In response to Dario Cankovic’s Socialism and Religion, Redux:

“Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions.”

— Karl Marx, Contribution To The Critique Of Hegel’s Philosophy Of Right

I have a love/hate relationship with religion and layers upon layers of both antipathy and affection for this complex reality. The same thing could be said for the revolutionary struggle. The revolutionary struggle is my primary allegiance; my personal happiness means very little while millions languish under the yokes of the death-systems of capitalism, sexism, racism, authoritarianism, and ecocide (to name only five of the central enemies of all beings on earth.) It seems most urgent to me today that we build alliances with all who are committed to the revolutionary struggle and that emphasizing our common ground is critical. I’m very aware that most people on the far left will disagree with my approach to religion, but it seems to me that the left really has no choice but to rethink how it will work with all potential revolutionaries, the majority of whom are religious — because the majority of humanity is religious.

2 thoughts on “A Protest Against Real Distress: Religion and Revolutionary Struggle

  1. Obviously religion can play either a positive or negative role in the battle for justice. I know many who’s beliefs have sent them to the front line of important struggles. Unhappily I also know many for whom religion offers an alternative to action, a place where they can talk and pray endlessly. Any religion worthy of that label must help people to see the essential interconnections that make up humanity; to see these so strongly that concrete action becomes the only alternative.

  2. Pingback: A Protest Against Real Distress: Religion and Revolutionary Struggle by Charley Earp | Dandelion Salad

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