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The Jesuits: The Jesuits: From Markets To Marxism; From Property Protection To Social Progressivism


  • Chris Fleming

    () (Loyola University, New Orleans)

  • David Rigamer

    () (Loyola University, New Orleans)

  • Walter Block

    () (Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans)


At the inception of the Jesuit order in the 16th century, they played an important role (along with the Dominicans) in the formation of the School of Salamanca. The economic philosophy undergirding this institution was far more radically free enterprise oriented than even Smith (1776). Yet, in the modern world, the Jesuits are not at all associated with economic freedom. Rather, if there is any philosophy informing their views it is liberation theology, an amalgamation of the non atheistic aspects of Marxism, combined with a more traditional Catholicism. The present paper is an attempt to trace this virtually 180 degree reversal of field and to understand it.

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  • Chris Fleming & David Rigamer & Walter Block, 2012. "The Jesuits: The Jesuits: From Markets To Marxism; From Property Protection To Social Progressivism," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 7(2), pages 7-22, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:7:y:2012:i:2:p:7-22

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