Quotation by Peter F. Drucker

What Marxism was to the society of Economic Man, Calvinism was to that of Intellectual Man: the final, messianic exaggeration of its creed. In both, the belief in the attainment of freedom and equality could only be maintained by sacrificing actual freedom. The doctrine of determination through predestination in Calvinism is parallel to that of determination through the class situation in Marxism. Both abolished actual freedom in existing society to maintain the belief in the reality and imminence of freedom in the coming society. And both collapsed as orders when it was proved that the only society which they could realize was an unfree society.
Peter F. Drucker (b. 1909), Austrian–born U.S. author, educator. The End of Economic Man: A Study of the New Totalitarianism, ch. 7, Day (1939).
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