Pacem In Terris 42-43: Social and Political Evolution

Pope John notes the dying gasps of political colonialism. Unfortunately, many Third World persons, especially outside their aristocracies, are still in thrall to the world’s corporations.

42. Finally, we are confronted in this modern age with a form of society which is evolving on entirely new social and political lines. Since all peoples have either attained political independence or are on the way to attaining it, soon no nation will rule over another and none will be subject to an alien power.

43. Thus all over the world men are either the citizens of an independent State, or are shortly to become so; nor is any nation nowadays content to submit to foreign domination. The longstanding inferiority complex of certain classes because of their economic and social status, sex, or position in the State, and the corresponding superiority complex of other classes, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

If Pacem in Terris were to be rewritten today, I think we’d see more attention given to the pervasive and more subtle economic colonialism. Unfortunately, the last generation has seen something of a re-emergence of a “superiority complex,” something that in this country began to blossom under President Reagan, and continues today. The stock market seems to have recovered from the recent depression. People below the new aristocracy, not so much. This does not bode well for peace in the 21st century.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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