Jean Messlier

For the regular visitors to this spot, Jean Messlier is not a strange name.

For those who have not met him, Onfray Michel argues he is the first atheist of our times.

And we must judge Voltaire harshly for the great disservice he did to our great priest.

If you can find a copy of the The Testament of Jean Messlier, buy it. You will not regret it.

While Karl Marx and Engels are usually recognised as articulating communism and calling the for the abolition of private property, Messlier was way ahead of them.

Below is a short clip I stumbled upon on Messlier. Hope you like it.

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On capitalism, democracy & the Catholic church

Slavoj zizek in his book first as tragedy then as farce, writes

Those who claim a natural link between capitalism and democracy are cheating with the facts in the same way the Catholic church cheats when it presents itself as the “natural” advocate of democracy and human rights against the threat of totalitarianism- as if it were not the case that the church accepted democracy only at the end of the nineteenth century, and even then with clenched teeth, as a desperate compromise, making it clear that it preferred monarchy, and that it was making a reluctant concession to new times.