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The Christian Communism Of Rosa Luxemburg

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This chapter resonates with those from the book of the Acts of the Apostles that will become the crux of Luxemburg's argument concerning the communism of early Christianity. So also would the re-emergence, from time to time, of that utopian image of the early Church from the book of Acts in one movement after another, from the communities of monks living in poverty such as the Franciscans, to the rebellious Hutterites, Albigensians and the followers of the apocalyptic Joachim of Fiore. Here is Luxemburg: But this communism was based on the consumption of finished products and not on the communism of work, and proved itself incapable of reforming society, of putting an end to the inequality between people and throwing down the barrier which separated rich from poor.

Keywords: Albigensians; apocalyptic Joachim of Fiore; Christian communism; Hutterites; Rosa Luxemburg; utopian



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