In April of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Margaret Archer as the next president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS). Since that time, Ms. Archer has used her position to invite population-control architects Jeffrey Sachs and Ban-Ki Moon to speak at a Vatican event and attack pro-lifers who were concerned about it. Just last month, Ms. Archer participated in an event sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that was intended to explore ways to indoctrinate children into the Sustainable Development agenda of the United Nations (goals which have already been demonstrated to be Marxist in character and practice). These alarming trends from an individual under two years in her position are shocking, but after investigating Ms. Archer’s background, it’s clear that the philosophy of Karl Marx is driving her agenda.
Ms. Archer is one of the leading developers and proponents of a sociological theory called “Critical Realism.” The theory of Critical Realism was initially developed by the sociologist Roy Bhaskar, a deeply devoted Marxist, and is the bedrock for current streams of Marxist political and economic theory. On the Critical Realism website is a 1998 article by Hans G. Ehrbar titled, “Marxism and Critical Realism.” The very first paragraph of the article says:
“We will discuss here the connection between Roy Bhaskar’s critical realism and Marxism. Bhaskar is a Marxist, who did not write another exegesis of Grundrisse, but rederives Marx’s philosophical foundations based on today’s philosophical debates, by, as he says, “carrying the modern critiques of positivism to their logical conclusion”
In 1998, Ms. Archer co-authored a book with Bhaskar and three others titled “Critical Realism: Essential Readings.” Throughout the book, Karl Marx and Marxist ideologies are mentioned over 400 times … all as a means of explaining Marxist thought and integrating it into this idea of Critical Realism.
In 2004, Archer co-authored a book titled, “Transcendence: Critical Realism and God.” In the introduction of the book, the Archer and her co-authors say of themselves:
“The three of us are all academics. One of us is a philosopher, and two are sociologists. Similarly, we are all associated with the political left, the economic or Marxian left particularly.”
This book is also filled with Marxist ideologies and praise for socialism and Marxist economics.
Critical Realist Sean Creavan wrote a book in 2000 titled, “Marxism and Realism: A Materialist Application of Realism in the Social Sciences,” crediting Margaret Archer as the individual who suggest he write about the connection between Marxism and the theory of Critical Realism. In his acknowledgements, Creavan said:
“Special thanks are due to Professor Margaret Archer, who has allowed me to draw on her work with impunity, and whose advice on theoretical matters and on editing the final manuscript has been much appreciated. It was Professor Archer who made the suggestion that I investigate the relationship between realism, Marxism and explanatory theory, which forms the core of this book.”
In May of 2015 interview a journal of Social Theory at the University of Kentucky, Margaret Archer explained the strong influence and impact Karl Marx had in influencing her work. She said:
PASS 03“We did a thing in England called the Coast to Coast March, which isn’t as terrifying as if you tried to do it here. It’s not a big walk there, the only trouble is you actually meet more sheep than you do people. So, we had long conversations with these academics and that’s where I first heard the words Max Weber (who at that age I thought was spelled with a ‘V’) and that fuelled the interest a lot more. Many of these Profs were Marxists of one kind or another, so they were theorizing, not just in an abstract way, but theorizing, as they saw it, for a better society. I don’t think that theme has ever gone away from my work, but it’s never been distinctively Marxist. I thought that far too formulaic and times had changed. Some of the concepts needed changing. We have no proletariat now, the poor are a heterogeneous category, the main thing they have in common is their poverty, not being members of the proletariat, and so on. No, I would never describe myself as a Marxist, but never deny that it was a powerful formative influence.”
Given her work in Critical Realism, the influence of Karl Marx is abundantly clear.
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