While it is true that Simone Weil was the highly valued intellect of the French Marxist party and the darling of Leon Trotsky in her early twenties, her obsession with truth did not allow her to remain a slave to Marxism. She witnessed its hypocrisy and couldn’t remain with it. She wrote:So Nick, you can tell your beloved Simone Weil that the "scientific" socialism she had a crush on, turned out to be a positively inhuman and evil political ideology that totally misunderstood human nature.
The concept of collectivism is, to me, effectively synonymous with statism, and the state is like fire or alcohol, it is a very good slave, but fucking terrible master! Which is another way of saying there has NEVER yet been a successful socialist state, and not just that , but when socialist economies inevitably go "BANg" the consequence is the kind of misery and suffering you are seeing right now in Venezuela. A large number of socialist states have also starved, tortured, imprisoned and murdered their own citizens en masse. The basics human rights of life, liberty and property are not respected in socialist (collectivist) states.
She came to see that the values the party spoke of were only possible with the help of grace which was denied.When I think that the great Bolchevik leaders claimed to be creating a free working class and probably not one of them -- surely not Trotsky, and I don't think Lenin did either -- ever set foot in a factory and hence did not have the faintest idea of the real conditions which determine the servitude or freedom of these workers -- politics seems a sinister farce indeed.
Plato’s Republic could function theoretically because it was ruled by philosopher kings. They were developed men who lived higher values. The had been exposed to the Good through special teaching. Of course the leaders of socialism are just fallen men who will exhibit the same hypocrisy normal for the human condition.
That is why Simone died a Christian mystic. She came to understand that scientific socialism is an impossible ideal. Without the help of grace the human condition assures its failure regardless of the finest platitudes to the contrary.. So she became a true individual necessary to pursue her need to experience the truth of the world and the human condition functioning within it