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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Communism and Religious Freedom - telling fibs about God for Marx

Alan Myatt at imago veritatis has an excellent two part post examining the veracity of the American Communist party's straight-faced boast that there is complete religious freedom under Communism. Here and here .

Alan shows with copious quotes from the original sources that marxism equals materialism equals atheism. End of story. Anything less is a betrayal of the principles of Marx and Lenin. Of course in the real world of human affairs Communism lite is now the favoured formula, the "real thing" having been exposed as a certain recipe for disaster, ruin, terror and enslavement. Unfortunately for the CPUSA (and fortunately for the rest of us) its attempts to salvage something from the wreckage of Marxism will fool no one - except perhaps the elites in academia, the media and Hollywood liberal la la land who have always been enamoured of socialist utopianism and thus have always been fellow travellers with totalitarianism.

Any attempts to downplay or deny any one pillar of the ideology causes the whole ediface to crumble and fall. Which come to think of it, is exactly what happened throughout the world in the 1980s and 90s in all but a few backward dictatorial hold-outs like North Korea. Even China post Mao can hardly be called a shining example of the Marxist ideal - it violates the fundamental principle of the whole schema by not only failing to abolish private property but by positively encouraging the kind of capitalist economic entrepreneurs who would have once been shipped straight to the gulags along with intellectuals, religious believers and the rebellious. (Note: I draw a distinction between "intellectuals" and "western liberal intellectuals": the two are not necessarily synonymous).

The CPUSA, which surely is now only a rump of ageing diehards, is a joke - a sad and tragic joke - attempting to rekindle enthusiam for a god that failed. The real sadness and tragedy comes from the fact that these true believers in "humanity" inflicted their "joke" upon untold millions of innocent victims... while on the sidelines western "liberals" stood and cheered them on.

The most encouraging thing about the Soviet regime was its failure. If it had succeeded... I would have known that there were no limits to the extent to which human beings could be terrorised and enslaved.
Malcolm Muggeridge

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