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Epilogue 1953, 1968, 1995: Three Perspectives

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When the first version of Marxism and Christianity was published in 1953, under the title Marxism: An Interpretation, Stalin was not yet dead and the Cold War had already taken determinate form. First, Marxist theorists had predicted that, if trade unions made it their only goal to work for betterment within the confines imposed by capitalism and parliamentary democracy, the outcome would be a movement towards first the domestication and then the destruction of effective trade union power. Workers would, so far as possible, be returned to the condition of mere instruments of capital formation. In both 1953 and 1968, the author took this prediction to be warranted, although it was then treated with great contempt by the theorists of liberal social democracy. Since then, it has, of course, turned out to be true.

Keywords:capitalism; Christianity; Cold War; liberal social democracy; Marxist theorists; parliamentary democracy; Stalin; trade union



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