The Dalai Lama on Marxism (transcript)

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at
Wed Sep 15 22:59:43 MDT 1999

A friend I passed this to returned it to me. Here is the one I received...


>"Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is
>founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned with only with
>gain and profitability.  Marxism is concerned with the distribution of
>on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of
>It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes--that is the
>majority--as well as the with the fate of those who are underprivileged
>in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed
>exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems
>I just recently read an article a paper where his holiness the Pope also
>pointed out some positive aspects of Marxism...
>The failure of the regime in the Soviet Union was, for me not the
>of Marxism but the failure of totalitarianism. For this reason I think of
>myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist."
>The Dalai Lama in Beyond Dogma: Dialogues and Discourses

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