Liberalism & Communism: Man's Great Alternative Faith

In a Pravda article entitled, "Liberalism: Psychosis, evil or ignorance?" Russian writer Xavier Lerma details some of the spiritual pathologies characteristic of Liberals: "Liberals have all or most of these qualities: -prefer to insult others rather than use logic and reasoning -have an arrogant behavior -use anti-depressants or illegal drugs -favor Marxists, Socialists or Communists -against all or part of the 10 Commandments-favor killing babies (abortion) -dislike Christians-liars -like Lucifer they hate obedience or responsibility." (Liberalism: Psychosis, evil or ignorance?,, 29.11.2010)

Liberalism: Then and Now

Though classical Liberals affirmed ideas of individual freedom, they believed these ideas could be established and defended on a purely intellectual level. Classical liberal John Stuart Mill for example, supported ideas of freedom of speech on grounds pertaining to its usefulness, an inherently problematical position arising directly out of his utilitarian (moral relativism) and evolutionist positions.

Given its inherent weaknesses, it is not surprising that over the course of decades Classical Liberalism has been falling away from ideas of individual freedom and toward conceptions of totalist power while still professing an outward attachment to residual values of Western culture.

In the book, "The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics and the American Tradition," M. Stanton Evans observes that Classical Liberalisms' downward descent into moral insanity, sophistry and totalitarianism has been visible for many decades. Over the years Liberals have been embracing,

"...the leading features of totalitarianism statecraft, a buildup of power in the state, and a correlative devaluation of the individual." (pp. 63-64)

Liberalism's stunning decline came to light in 1948. In an astonishing allegation before the House Un-American Activities Committee on Aug. 3, 1948, Time magazine editor Whittaker Chambers made a shocking allegation---Alger Hiss, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former high-ranking State Department official, had served with him in the Communist underground.

Ralph de Toledano covered the Chambers-Hiss case for Newsweek. Though a seasoned anti-Communist he was as yet a rather tenuous Liberal (Leftist). His coverage however, brought him insults, hate, demonization and discrimination from his erstwhile Liberal allies. That plus liberal reaction to the Hiss case led an outraged Toledano to write:

"Identifying themselves with the criminal, they protested that he was innocent. Identifying themselves with the crime, they shouted that it was no crime...And in a triumph of perverse reasoning, they insisted that the evil was not in the cancer, but in the surgeon who had laid open the flesh to expose it..." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, p. 90)

As the controversy grew increasingly bitter, Toledano was driven to re-evaluate liberalism as a valid philosophy. His analysis led him to say:

"In the context of morals, politics, and economics, liberalism was corrupt. And its corruption stemmed from one corrupting influence: the doctrine that all absolutes are evil with the exception of the absolute State..." (ibid, p. 91)

For his part, Chambers asserted that Liberalism and Communism are virtually indistinguishable:

"Every move against the Communists was felt by the liberals as a move against them. The simple fact is that when I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism...has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades..." (ibid, p. 93)

In the "Letter to My Children" which opens the book "Witness," Chambers argued that the crisis of the twentieth century, of which Communism was both catalyst and pathological symptom, was a crisis of faith. Communism, said Chambers, is fundamentally a religion, "man's second oldest faith," man's "great alternative faith." It's promise was "Ye shall be as gods." Its vision was "the vision of man without God," of "man's mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world," of "man's liberated mind, by the sole force of its rational intelligence, redirecting man's destiny..." Communism starkly proclaims one inescapable choice: "God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism."

To Chambers and other early intellectual conservatives, the crisis of the Western world,

"...exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God."

The logic of his analysis led Chambers to another crucial point. If Communism is an expression of the war between Christianity and atheism, between the true God and sovereign man, another form of the enemy is secular liberalism, the spawn of Protestant (pantheist) liberalism. As Eric Voegelin put it in 1952:

"...if liberalism is understood as the immanent salvation of man and society, communism is certainly its most radical expression." (p. 93)

Like Toledano, many early conservatives came from backgrounds of liberalism, progressivism, atheism and communism. But the 1930s and 1940s had been for them an apocalypse of evil in the form of fascism, Communism, Liberalism, catastrophic destruction, holocaust and total war.

"Beast men" control almost all of modern life, lamented Bernard Iddings Bell. "Evil ideas" have evil consequences concluded ex-progressive Richard Weaver. "I myself believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world," wrote William F. Buckley, Jr., in 1951.

Most of them advocated a return to the truths of Christianity, "the most complete and perfect revelation we know of the nature of God and of God's will for man," wrote John Hallowell in 1950.

Hallowell's affirmation of Christianity was the unifying thesis of his interpretation of secular humanist political philosophy:

"...the basic insights of the Christian faith provide the best insights we have into the nature of man and of the crisis in which we find ourselves. That crisis is the culmination of modern man's progressive attempt to deny the existence of a transcendent...spiritual reality and of his progressive failure to find meaning and salvation in some wholly immanent conception of reality...Only through a return to faith in God, as God revealed Himself to man in Jesus Christ, can modern man and his society find redemption from the tyranny of evil." (ibid, p. 53)

Despite the efforts and warnings of early and later conservatives, the scales decidedly tipped in favor of evil when foolish Americans, including millions of starstruck Christians, re-elected Obama, thereby empowering the forces of spiritual darkness---psychosis, rage, moral imbecility, madness and psychopathology.

In his article, "Obama's Soviet Mistake," Xavier Lerma writes that President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing,

" destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don't they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda." (, 19.11.2012 )

Russia lost its' civil war with the Communists and millions of Russians, including around 30,000,000 Christians,

"..suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church." (ibid)

As their faith in God grows stronger together with an ever growing, vibrant Christian Church, our supposedly "enlightened, progressive, evolutionary scientific" culture withers on the vine in tandem with with a Church falling away into heresy, apostasy and apathy.

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