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Bishop Robert Barron explains Marxism in 21 minutes

Despite Marxism’s growing popularity among young people, church authorities spend little time discussing the topic – and when they do, they often speak in a misleading way. Thankfully, Bishop Robert Barron, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, addressed the topic at length last week.

He made “Karl Marx and Millennials” the topic of a recent episode of his podcast, “Word on Fire.”

In addition to giving a brief overview of Communist philosophy, Bishop Barron answers such questions as:

Can you be a Marxist without being an atheist?

What is the relationship between private property and freedom?

Is Communism inherently violent?

He also addresses the opportunity cost of reading Karl Marx, and the better material he suggests reading in its place.

You can watch the episode here:

(Photo credit: BrandonVogt1225. This photo has been modified. CC BY-SA 4.0.)

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Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson (@therightswriter) is an Eastern Orthodox priest and served as Executive Editor of the Acton Institute (2016-2021), editing Religion & Liberty, the Powerblog, and its transatlantic website. He has extensively researched the Alt-Right. Previously, he worked for LifeSiteNews and, where he wrote three books including Party of Defeat (with David Horowitz, 2008). His work has appeared at, National Review, The American Spectator, The Guardian, Daily Caller, National Catholic Register, Spectator USA, FEE Online, RealClear Policy, The Blaze, The Stream, American Greatness, Aleteia, Providence Magazine, Charisma, Jewish World Review, Human Events, Intellectual Takeout,, Issues & Insights, The Conservative,, and The American Orthodox Institute. His personal websites are and His views are his own.