C.S. Lewis: The Judiciously Remote Socialist

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C.S. Lewis: The Judiciously Remote Socialist

1cpg
Apr 29, 2019, 4:15pm

In a NY Times op/ed piece that is creating a lot of buzz right now, David Bentley Hart says:

"I . . . am a proud son of the European Christian socialist tradition, especially in its rich British variant, as exemplified by F.D. Maurice, John Ruskin, William Morris, R.H. Tawney and many other luminaries (including, in his judiciously remote way, C.S. Lewis) . . ."

In which of Lewis's writings are his (judiciously remote) socialist tendencies most evident?

2eschator83
Feb 12, 2020, 1:24pm

Here's one more example of a socialist who will say anything that might encourage you to give up your money and freedom.

3eschator83
Feb 12, 2020, 8:33pm

Lewis' comments in his 1945 Essay, Membership:
...modern collectivism is an outrage upon human nature.
…(this is) an age when collectivism is ruthlessly defeating the individual in every field (except faith).
...collectivism has (almost) conquered secular life, that is the enemy's stratagem.

4MyopicBookworm
Aug 9, 2021, 5:38am

I note that Lewis's essay is directed against collectivism, not socialism.

5cpg
Aug 10, 2021, 3:59pm

>4 MyopicBookworm:

Last night I reread Lewis's "Willing Slaves of the Welfare State". That essay also doesn't use the word "socialism", but it seems clear that he is not just talking about the Soviet Union.

6eschator83
Aug 17, 2021, 6:13pm

Perhaps myopia doesn't help in seeing the similarities in communism, socialism, and collectivism. I encourage prayer.

7MyopicBookworm
Sep 5, 2021, 5:42pm

Prayerful reading might reveal the similarities in Christianity and collectivism. Acts 4:32. Philippians 2:4. I John 3:17.