Copyright © 2001 Brad McCormick, Ed.D.
10 May 2006CE (2006-05-10 ISO 8601)
||"...the end of a certain Europe,
the definitive end of the hope of instituting charity in the
guise of a regime, the end of the socialist hope. The end of socialism, in the horror of Stalinism,
is the greatest spiritual crisis in modern Europe. Marxism represented a generosity,
whatever the way in which one understands the materialist doctrine which is its basis. There is in
Marxism a recognition of the other; there is certainly
the idea that the other must himself struggle for this recognition, that the other
must become egoist. But the noble hope consists in healing everything, in installing, beyond the chance of individual
charity, a regime without evil. And the regime of charity becomes Stalinism and [complicitous] Hitlerian horror...."
(Emmanuel Levinas, Interview with Françoise Poirié, in Is it Righteous to Be?, Stanford Univ. Press,