8/17/2019

Drucker on the church that puts economics in perspective

"In both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, a person might not have status within their profession, but he or she could have great status and possibly some real power through his or her position in the party apparatus. Drucker noted that the most fundamental feature of German and Italian fascism of the period was “the attempt to substitute noneconomic for economic satisfactions, rewards, and considerations as the basis for rank, function, and position of the individual in industrial society.”

That state of affairs can be appealing because people naturally sense that one’s economic value very likely won’t approximate his or her value as a person. The ideological construct, then, seems to repair the damage done by a money orientation.

Drucker expressed his surprise that churches had not become the dominant players in modern society because “they are the only independent social body to which people of all classes owe allegiance, and which is not built upon the economic as the constitutive element of its rewards, ranks, and distinctions.” In other words, churches should have already succeeded in giving people a sense of worth beyond that of income and ownership."