Socialism, Marxist Communism and Cultural Marxism: Spiritual Diseases of Our Time
By: Linda Kimball
â€œIn 1919, Georg Lukacs became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary. He immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary. Reasoning that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated (traditional) family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow, Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. All of this was accompanied by a reign of cultural terror perpetrated against parents, priests, and dissenters.â€Â Â Â â€œHungaryâ€™s youth, having been fed a steady diet of values-neutral (atheism) and radical sex education while simultaneously encouraged to rebel against all authority, easily turned into delinquents ranging from bullies and petty thieves to sex predators, murderers, and sociopaths.â€Â (Cultural Marxism, L. Kimball)
Today the words Marxist, communist, and fascist have devolved into essentially meaningless, emotionalized epitaphs brandished by people whose understanding of their true meaning is so lacking as to be on a par with “I hate you!” and â€œyou miserable scum bag!â€
So just what are Fascist Socialism, Marxist Communism and its contemporary version, Cultural Marxism?
At the deepest, most important level of all, these ideologies are really about the human condition after the Fall and the causes of evil and suffering as defined by fallen mankind.
From the moment that Adam and Eve were ushered out of paradise, men began complaining:
â€œWhy must we die? Why must there be decay? Why must we work? Why does he have (fill in the blanks) but I do not? Thatâ€™s unfair! Why canâ€™t we say, do and have whatever we desire? If it feels good (libidinous impulses) then why shouldnâ€™t we do it? Why must there be authority, rules, norms, absolutes, and consequences? Why does it have to be this way? Why canâ€™t it be the way we want it to be?â€
And finally: Who or what is the cause of our suffering?
From Nimrod to Karl Marx and contemporary rebels and apostates, the answer is the transcendent Authority of God the Father Almighty together with the fallen condition of man and the world:
“Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God.”Â Â Â He “changed the government into tyranny” in order to turn them away from God and make them dependent upon his own power.Â Â He also would be revenged upon God “if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach!”Â And he would “avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.”Â Â Â (Jewish historian Josephus cited inâ€ Who was Nimrod?â€Â Dr. David Livingston)
Karl Marx dreamt of ruining the world created by God the Father and proclaiming himself ‘god.’Â In his poem “Human Pride,” he writes that after ruining the world:
“I will wander godlike and victorious /Through the ruins of the world/ And, giving my words an active force/ I will feel equal to the Creator.”Â ((Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, pp. 30-31)
Marx’s comrade in arms, Mikhail Bakunin, aligned himself with the Devil and declared:
“The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority….Socialists recognize each other by the words, “In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done….Satan (is) the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds.” (Mikhail Bakunin, ibid, p. 27)
After confessing to his ‘cosmic authority’ problem, New York University professor Thomas Nagel admits:
“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.Â It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God (but) that I hope there is no God!Â I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”Â (The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, p. 150)
It is when the terrible-willed and their followersâ€“most generally pleasure-seeking hedonists– become possessive of the things of this world and resentful of the â€œway things areâ€ that they rebel against God the Father and raise up new Towers of Babel—separate paradises— here on earth.Â Â With Nimrod it was Babylon.Â Â Marx’s Tower was the materialist Communist workerâ€™s paradise while Â Hitler’s Babel was his socialist Third Reich.Â Â Â Todayâ€™s occult New Age heralds the coming ofÂ the final Tower—a planetary communist paradise, but it will be blatantly Luciferic rather than materialist.
In the preface to “The Silmarillion,” the all-important creation account that sets the stage for the subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien observes of the terrible-willed:
â€œâ€¦. (they) will rebel against the laws of the Creatorâ€”especially against mortality.â€ Possessiveness toward the things of this world alone or together with hatred of death and decay â€œwill lead to the desire for Power, for making the will more quickly effectiveâ€“and so to the Machine (magic).â€ (p. xiii)
Tolkien defines magic as the abuse of God-given talents and powers fueled by the:
â€œcorrupted motive of dominating: bull-dozing the real world, or coercing other wills” by way of ideologies designed for the unmaking of the world as it is.
In other words, when pride, wrath, lust and envy inflate to monstrous proportions it is then that the terrible-willed declare the death of God, usurp His powers, declare themselves gods andÂ invent reality-denying ideologies such as rationalism, materialism, liberalism, secularism, determinism, green environmentalism, socialism, and evolutionism to seduce and coerce other wills:
“Darwinism came at the desired time; Darwin’s theory that man is the descendant of a lower animal destroyed the entire foundation of Christian dogma. “Â (Anton Pannekoek, Marxism And Darwinism, Translated by Nathan Weiser. Transcribed for the Internet by Jon Muller, Chicago, Charles H. Kerr & Company Co-operative Copyright, 1912 by Charles H. Kerr & Company)
And of course straight-forward questions are absolutely forbidden lest they expose the corpus of lies, hate, hypocrisy, deceit and delusion underlying and fueling the ‘Machine.’
On the subject of the Machine, Herbert Schlossberg perceptively observed:
â€œExalting mankind to the status of deityâ€¦dates from the farthest reaches of antiquity, but its development into an ideology embracing the masses is a characteristic of modernity.â€ (Herbert Schlossberg, cited in The Seduction of Christianity, Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon)
Ex-Communist atheist Alexander Solzhenitsyn described the terrible-willed god-men as the masters of the world who, bearing no evil within themselves, have declared that all the evils of the world are caused not by manâ€™s fallen human condition but by deterministic external or natural causesâ€” unjust, unfair systems.
In his book, â€œCry Havoc: The Great American Bring-Down and How it Happened,â€ Ralph de Toledano identifies the unfair, unjust systems:
â€œthe morality that derives from the Old and New Testaments, the traditional family, the respect for the past as a guide to the future, the restraint of manâ€™s baser instincts, and a socio-political organization which guaranteed freedom without license. Of these obstacles, the two greatest were God and the family.â€ (p. 26)
Former atheist Peter Hitchens notes that throughout the West the Left’s hostility to Christian theism is specific because orthodox Christianity:
“….is the religion of their own homes and homeland, the form in which they have encountered—and generally disliked and resented—the power of God in their own lives…..the Left sympathizes with Islam because (it is) the enemy of their (own enemy, the Christian culture).”Â Â (Hitchens, p. 131)
Hostility to God and Christianity is not confined to just the Left but shared equally with GOP atheist insiders.Â Â Â Because of their hostility to God and Christianity they hold in utter contempt the middle-class, mainly Christian constituents they must rely upon to be re-elected.
Solzhenitsyn summarized the whole meaning of Fascism, Marxist Communism and Cultural Marxism when he described their three main causes as rebellion against God the Father quickly followed by apostasy and denial of manâ€™s fallen condition, allowing the rebels and apostates to comfortably â€œforgetâ€ that evil cuts right through the hearts of all men, themselves included.
Peter Hitchens writes that atheists and antitheists who have the good fortune to live in a society governed by religious belief:
“….may feel free from absolute moral bonds, while those around them are not.Â This is a tremendous liberation for anyone who is even slightly selfish.Â And what clever person is not imaginatively and cunningly selfish?”Â Â (Peter Hitchens, p. 148)
Modern ideologies and the murderous utopian systems spawned by them are spiritual diseases of fallen Â men.Â The only cure is spiritual regeneration through submission to God the Father Almighty.
copyright 2011Â Linda Kimball
Linda writes on culture and worldview issues.
Linda writes on worldview and similar issues.