Clericalism and Socialism

“…When one undertakes Socialistic propaganda and organisation, then it follows that human consciences must be opposed to every form of intellectual dictation, and still more to the Clerical spirit. But Socialists need not engage in a direct anti-Clerical propaganda. They are free thinkers, and must, therefore, respect the faith of sincere believers, especially if they are peasants, among whom it is impossible to engage in an anti-Clerical propaganda. For they would think this was an anti-religious propaganda, and they would not listen to the truths of the Socialist doctrine.”

— Enrico Ferri, 1902

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