Socialism and the Bahá'í Faith

Jun 2014
726
United States
#11
I think she was ridiculing socialism/communism
I get that that's what she's saying but it doesn't make sense to me. I personally lean socialist and democratic socialism advocates a greater role for the government in the economy. Not the abolition of private property.
 
May 2014
20
Southeastern US
#12
Abdul Bahá did meet with socialists and had some positive things to say about socialism, but I've never thought the Faith and socialism were the same thing, either. The Baha'i Faith includes people from all classes as well---rich, poor, middle-class, and working-class.

But I don't really mind if I'm accused of being a socialist, though.
 
May 2014
233
Dublin, Ireland
#13
Since I'm a Communist i'd like to get my two cents in, or, labour (Ha!)

A pure Communist society has never been done before, so, I think it's wrong to put Marxism in the area of bad things.
 
Oct 2011
4,213
Quilimari,Chile
#14
Since I'm a Communist i'd like to get my two cents in, or, labour (Ha!)

A pure Communist society has never been done before, so, I think it's wrong to put Marxism in the area of bad things.
Well good luck with your idea my friend.

one. Many countries have tried Communism, it did not work. Why, I suppose man being man it was meant to fail.

Two. We are told in the Baha'i writings that in fact Communism and Capitalism or what is called Democracy, is also wrong and will fail.

And I feel for you to declare a political belief is not a good idea, you need to study the faith's writings re politics.

Loving regards to you.
 
#15
I can't believe what a lame slow on the draw bunch of people are who frequent these forums and know nothing about Shoghi Effendi's writings on the matter. Its like the fall of the Soviet Union (United Socialist Soviet Republic) doesn't mean a damn thing to you as to what Socialism's failed legacy was. I'm not even a Bahai anymore and I'm becoming one again because I of all people have to go and fetch all these wrtings:

The Three False Gods

This vital force is dying out, this mighty agency has been scorned, this radiant light obscured, this impregnable stronghold abandoned, this beauteous robe discarded. God Himself has indeed been dethroned from the hearts of men, and an idolatrous world passionately and clamorously hails and worships the false gods which its own idle fancies have fatuously created, and its misguided hands so impiously exalted. The chief idols in the desecrated temple of mankind are none other than the triple gods of Nationalism, Racialism and Communism, at whose altars governments and peoples, whether democratic or totalitarian, at peace or at war, of the East or of the West, Christian or Islamic, are, in various forms and in different degrees, now worshiping. Their high priests are the politicians and the worldly-wise, the so-called sages of the age; their sacrifice, the flesh and blood of the slaughtered multitudes; their incantations outworn shibboleths and insidious and irreverent formulas; their incense, the smoke of anguish that ascends from the lacerated hearts of the bereaved, the maimed, and the homeless.

(Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 113)
 

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