Merry Christmas! + Caleb Maupin: Capitalism is Un-Christian

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Merry Christmas to all!

with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
Originally posted Dec. 25, 2018
December 25, 2019

Excerpt:

“Go now you rich and weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you, behold the hired laborers you have reaped in your fields which you work for by a fraud. And there was a multitude that believed and were of one heart and one soul and neither said any of them ought to of things which he possessed for his own. And they had all things in common and neither among them was lacked for as many possessors of lands and houses sold them and brought the prices of things that were sold and distribution was made unto every man according to his need.”

Caleb Maupin on Oct 26, 2018

Watch the full presentation: Caleb Maupin: Socialism Will Save America!


Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition to his journalism, analysis, and commentary, he has engaged in political activism. He was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement from its planning stages in August of 2011. He has worked against police brutality, mass incarceration, and imperialist war. He works to promote revolutionary ideology, and to support all who fight against the global system of monopoly capitalist imperialism.

from the archives:

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist! by The Anti-Social Socialist

Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

A Christmas Journey to Freedom

The Early Christians and the Military by Roman A. Montero

Christmas Versus Xmas: A Political Reading by James Petras

Roman A. Montero: Jesus Was A Communist

Jesus against Hillel on Usury by Roman A. Montero

The Early Christian Communists by Roman A. Montero

Christmas Dawn: The Shepherds Glorified God For All They Had Seen

Scrooge (1935) and Scrooge (1970) + The Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ Short Story as told by Vincent Price (1949)

One thought on “Merry Christmas! + Caleb Maupin: Capitalism is Un-Christian

  1. “… as many possessors of lands and houses sold them and brought the prices of things that were sold …”

    That passage shows that the early Christians cult was a sort of Ponzi scheme. They all thought the world was about to end, so they lived off the money brought into the cult by its newest members. It makes me think they had no plan for the future, and so they didn’t bother working. It’s easy to get high on friendship when you don’t have to work.

    But don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of capitalism. In fact, I think our problems are much older than capitalism, which — by most people’s definitions — began just a few hundred years ago. Capitalism is just the current manifestation of the institution of private property, which began 10,000 years ago, along with hierarchy, when we left hunter-gathering. Those two institutions are the source of all our problems. I’m not advocating a return to hunter-gathering; I’m just saying that we could return to sharing as equals.

    Of course, if we arranged our present economy properly, we wouldn’t have to work much. Automation is doing more and more of the work. But as long as just a few people own all the machines, it’s poverty for the rest of us.

    And by the way, the hunter-gatherers only had to work an average of two hours a day.

    I’m in favor of sharing, but I see a few flaws in Christianity. The biggest flaw is that Jesus said be kind to others and you’ll get rewarded with eternal life in some happy place. That’s actually two flaws. First, extrinsic rewards are not an effective motivation for changes in behavior; it’s better to look for the intrinsic rewards in being kind to others — see for instance https://www.alfiekohn.org/blogs/bonus/ . And second, to get into the Judeo-Christian happy place, you have to get a ticket from Jesus, and the ticket says “admit one” — so it’s ultimately focused on selfishness.

    But hey, I’m just messing with you. Caleb is right about this. When those self-described Christians say that socialism is un-Christian, they might listen to the points Caleb is making, but probably not to my longer, more complicated arguments. So right on, Caleb! And a merry xmas to all.

    And my favorite xmas tune is “The Rebel Jesus” https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/jackson-browne-drums-of-war-music-video/

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