Preferring the Back of the bus to the Front

[C]apitalism and communism are based upon the same materialist errors and are related more as parent and offspring, or warring siblings, rather than diametrically opposed systems. In this light it is easy to understand why a number of the Agrarians…lobbied for the title of their manifest being “Tracts Against Communism”…insofar as they saw communism as the inevitable outcome of a system that concentrated wealth and industry…Andrew Lytle summed up: “[T]he defense of agrarianism was, itself, an attack on Communism”

– John Sharpe “Introduction” Beyond Capitalism and Socialism, xviii.

The Mammon Twins

But the reforms of communism are wrong, because they are inspired by the very errors they combat. Communism begins with the liberal and capitalistic error that man is economic, and, instead of correcting it, merely intensifies it until man becomes a robot in a vast economic machine. There is a closer relation between communism and monopolistic capitalism than most minds suspect. They are agreed on the materialistic basis of civilization; they disagree only on who shall control that basis…Capitalistic economy is godless; communism makes economics God…Capitalism denies that economics is subject to a higher moral order. Communism says that economics is morality [emphasis mine].

– Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West (Indianapolis and New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1948) 79-81.