Goddess and Socialism
The Association Has Been Known for 100 Years!
Hello Friends, Fans and Colleagues,
I'm a recovering Catholic from the Bible Belt who didn't discover the Feminine Face of God had been hidden from me until I was thirty years old. It took another 25 years to discover Goddess and Nature have been associated with socialism and marxism for 100 years, while christianity, patriarchy and capitalism are in alignment. Why did I have to learn this from Erich Fromm, a deceased German psychologist, (To Have or to Be?, The Art of Loving) rather than our feminist foremothers and wayshowers?
Yes, Riane Eisler has been talking about partnership and caring economics, citing the Scandinavian Democratic Socialist countries as role models, but she spoke out against socialism in Center for Partnership Studies classes. Genevieve Vaughan has been speaking about gift economy for years. Heide Goettner-Abendroth has been teaching about the values of matriarchies. Carol Christ has been talking about Goddess related to liberation theology. Of course I couldn't read everything out there, but the only Goddess foremother I've found directly connecting the dots between Goddess and socialism was Monica Sjoo (Great Cosmic Mother).
Why were we not taught this in our women's studies or goddess classes? Could it have been radical enough to be talking about Goddess? Could our foremothers have been fighting to get out of the kitchen and into the workforce - the capitalist system - to get a piece of the pie? Or did they not connect the dots either? How many know it was the unionists, socialists and communists that pushed FDR to create Social Security and capitalists have been chipping away at it for decades.
Socialist Economist, Richard Wolf, often seen on PBS, shared in an interview (interview 1 - interview 2) on Voices of the Sacred Feminine, if a professor wanted tenure in college he could not teach about the benefits of any economic system except capitalism. Is it any wonder then so many Americans are ignorant about how average people would benefit from democratic socialism, just as the Scandinavian countries do - countries noted to have the best quality of life. Could it be socialism does not get fair coverage in the media because the media is designed to benefit corporations and the 1%?
These are conversations we must have. If we want to birth Goddess as deity, archetype or ideal into the world in any meaningful way, we must have the courage to go beyond Goddess 101 and make the leap toward Goddess 2.0. These values can change the world into the one we dream of - if we have the courage to buck the system and educate ourselves then teach our students about the predator capitalist system that's destroying us and the planet. And to those who would keep spirituality and politics separate, I say, our politics are a direct reflection of our morality and both should be in alignment with our spirituality. Let's reconcile our spirituality and our politics otherwise we're just hypocrits.