Blogs » J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria » Before Star Wars and culture wars, there were class wars


Heinrich Pesch, the turn of the 20th century German economist, was at the forefront of the economic wars. In the 70sand 80s, it was Star Wars. The 90s, as Pat Buchanan once said, were culture wars. Back then, it was economic wars. Whose thoughts would lead to control of economic thought? Marx re-wrote history, poof out of thin air, he adjusted history to fit class warfare, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” to use his exact words.

Perhaps the only warfare going on was really the struggle of economic studies, a different kind of class. If there is a struggle between classes, I would think that 20th century development would have been about as interesting as the arts of a Communist. Whereas Marx offered his two cents of destruction, Pesch notated a different thought, “The relationship between workers and employers, understood in terms of the private economic unit, is a working community with a common interest in the prosperity of the business.”

This quote by Pesch is part of his economic thought called Solidarism. For a functioning economy, man must understand that each person has dignity. He recognizes he is in this world with other dignified people. This recognition should show that he cannot use another person. Because of solidarity, man freely enters into agreement with others for mutual benefit to offer each other something good. Without solidarity, man does not know what to offer. Marx proposed that people are always out to use you, which is a pretty accurate image of fallen man, but fails to consider the redemption of man and therefore the fact that man can act for the good of another and not solely for his own self-interest.