- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2015

The Dalai Lama identified himself as a Marxist during a speech in India about the need for world peace.

“We must have a human approach,” he said, while delivering remarks for his “A Human Approach to World Peace” lecture for the Presidency University, Newsweek reported. “As far as socioeconomic theory, I am Marxist.”

He also went on to blame capitalism for the world’s ills.

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“In capitalist countries, there is an increasing gap between the rich and poor,” he said, Newsweek reported. “In Marxism, there is emphasis on equal distribution … [and] many Marxist leaders are now capitalists in their thinking.”

It’s not the first time the Dalai Lama has claimed a Marxist bent.

In 2011, he said before a conference crowd in Minneapolis: “I consider myself a Marxist … but not a Leninist.”

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