The Root Causes of Marxist Revolutions
After listening to a hard lecture by Indian writer / activist Arundhati Roy (click here for video lecture) on the reasons significant numbers of indigenous peoples in India have sided with Maoist rebels (please see the video), I was struck once again by how it is so often the denial of justice and fairness which provokes the tragic Communist reaction into existence, and persuades simple people to join it. It is hard, to say the least, for peoples anywhere to be kicked out of their age-old lands by brutal force and not to fight for survival. It's a terrible and disorienting thing to lose one's home, especially when indigenous people have lived there from ancient times. To have their whole way of life uprooted is often more than they can bear. Justice would require that if such governmental decisions anywhere must be followed through, then adequate housing and jobs, a truly better way of life, must be offered in compensation.
Love made public
Someone has said "justice is love made public". That is a beautiful definition and fully consistent with the Gospel of Jesus. Maoism is no answer. It only ends in another and very brutal form of slavery as its history shows.
Fairness is the answer, assuming that the displacements of indigenous peoples (anywhere) are truly necessary and not simply the acts of multinational corporations seeking to exploit the earth for rare-earth elements and other minerals for technology and obscene profit; otherwise it is only another kind of ethnic cleansing.
The heartbreaking photo above at the top is a picture of the Western "Enlightenment" treatment of Africans during the slave trade. There is much to repent for, much to grieve over in our history. And slavery and brutality still continue today, as the major powers scour the earth for rare resources for our Western toys and consumer goods, sometimes hiding this motive under the banner of righteous wars.
Justice is precious. It is fairness and decency which alone can stop the scourge of wars and false solutions. We must rediscover justice.
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Purification of Memory: "The effort to purify one's memory entails for individuals as well as peoples the recognition of errors for which they must ask forgiveness. This sometimes requires much courage and self-denial. However, it is the only way that social and national groups, freed from the remnants of old resentment, can come together with fraternal and reciprocal loyalty in order to build a better future for all."---John Paul II