Many assert that the move towards democratic socialism in America encompasses Marxist, communist, and postmodernist, a mindset that ultimately wants to eradicate religion.
In this article we will look at the ways in which socialism, or even so-called democratic socialism, are essentially Marxism and, therefore, following those ideals, views religion as something harmful to society.
The danger becomes if the United States move towards a socialist-style government. Democratic socialism or outright socialism is already being championed by many who are already in positions of power and politics and government.
Religious freedoms could be threatened or religion could be banned altogether, as history has shown elsewhere around the globe. This article will explain why socialist ideas put religion in danger.
While the 1789 French revolution is credited with bringing ideas derived from earlier movements with planting the seeds of socialism, the main component of socialism is the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in 1848, expressing what they termed scientific socialism.
The publication of the Manifesto occurred just before the Revolutions of 1848 swept across Europe, according to Wikipedia.
Therefore, socialism is inseparable from Marxism and communism. They are all one in the same.
Many say so-called “democratic socialism” is nothing more than a softening of the name or simply a baby step toward eventual socialism. As many members of the Democratic Party in the United States describe themselves as “democratic socialist,” and as the party moves further left, many fear the days of America’s traditional Republic built on capitalism are numbered.
Postmodernism is a philosophy that originated primarily during the mid-twentieth century France. In some respects, “postmodernism” is a generic and nebulous term, much like “the Enlightenment.” Both terms have seen their meanings change with location and time, according to the National Association of Scholars (NAS).
Psychologist Jordan Peterson says postmodernism, as currently defined in practice, is “essentially the claim that since there are an innumerable number of ways in which the world can be interpreted and perceived (and those are tightly associated), therefore, no canonical manner of interpretation can be reliably derived.”
The NAS writes that, after World War II, academic Marxists began dropping the “Marxism” name and shifting from a traditional, economic Marxism to a culture-based version.
Scholars say that a movement of “historicism” and a focus on having separate cultures via art, religion, philosophy, politics, and economics rose. All of this led to today’s “social justice” movements. Marxist criticism was a main component of postmodern methods.
Out of this, postmodernism and relativism rose and soon became dominant in academia. Between 1987 in 2004, social justice and relativism permeated media, public education, race and gender diversity, natural security and corporate culture.
While some think Marxism and postmodernism are paradoxical, psychologist Jordan Peterson points out where Marxism and postmodernism emerge where something like “since no canonical manner of interpretation can be reliably derived, all interpretation variants are best interpreted as the struggle for different forms of power.”
“There is no excuse whatsoever for the secondary claim (that no canonical manner of interpretation can be reliably derived), except that it allows the resentful pathology of Marxism to proceed in a new guise.”
Peterson argues that postmodernism employs ” rehashing of the Marxist claim of eternal and primary class warfare.”
Further, Peterson says that although postmodernism (with regards to skepticism) “can’t ally itself with Marxism. But it does, practically.”
“The dominance of postmodern Marxist rhetoric in the academy attest to that,” Peterson adds. “I agree that it’s illogical [the alliance of postmodernism and Marxism] … That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening…I point out that the alliance exists.”
Karl Marx thought that religious beliefs were backwards thinking, as well as an illusion.
“Man makes religion, religion does not make the man,” Marx said in his famous “opium of the people” statement.
“Man is the world of man – state, society,” Marx continued. “This state, this society, produces religion, a reversed world-consciousness because they are a reversed world. Religion is the fantastic realization of the human essence because the human essence has no true reality.”
“The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness,” Marx added, “To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”
The main concern for Christians is that, because academia has been absorbed in Marxist ideology, generations of students have been inculcated and indoctrinated with socialist ideas that have brought about the postmodernist viewpoints we see in young people today.
Marxism is admittedly at the foundation of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. The group’s core objective is not simply making life better for Black people, although it is one of its goals, but it is also admittedly focused on reshaping society.
Due to their academic conditioning, many people today are in favor of socialism. A Gallup Poll published in May 2020 found that 43% of Americans are in favor of socialism. Only 51% of Americans are opposed to it. 57% of Democrats view socialism positively.
There is no room for religion in Marxist or socialist ideology. It is equated with being something that causes division, racism, judgment, ostracizing, violence and war.
Here is how one communist tells it…
Marx and Engels demanded that church and state be separate. They also demanded the separation of the church and the classroom. They did not want youth being indoctrinated by adults with religious ideas at a very young age, writes Adrian Chan-Wyles, General Secretary of the Communist Party International, Bolshevik News reported.
According to Marx and Engels, Chan-Wyles writes:”If the transmission of an ‘inverted’ mindset can be delayed until an individual is strong and able to think for themselves (as an adult), then the likelihood of the survival of literalist religions in the physical environment would surely diminish.”