It doesn’t take a ‘rocket scientist’ to discover where Communist theory departs from the most elementary aspects of reality. But with this flaw in theory, as you might expect, the Communists have come up with a way to approach and solve world problems. The violent economic upheaval of their day is believed to have made Marx and Engels over sensitive to the place of economics in history. Also considered a contributing element was the widespread popularity of the German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Hegel. His theory of “Dialectics” was adopted by Marx and Engels with slight modification to explain all phenomena of nature, the class struggle, and the inevitable triumph of a future proletariat society. Another factor was the anti-religion cynicism of Nineteenth Century Materialism. This led them to try to explain everything in existence in terms of one single factor…matter. They denied intelligent design in the universe, the existence of God, the divinity of religion, and the moral precepts of Judeo-Christian teachings. Additionally, exercising the social and economic ideals of Utopian Communism, they decided they wanted a communal society, but felt it had to be a controlled society. Thus they abandoned the brotherhood principle of the Utopians and declared that Communism could only be initiated under a powerful dictatorship. (We can see that trend in our government today.) Finally, there was the revolutionary spirit of the Anarchists. Marx and Engels promised two things that appealed to the Anarchists…the use of violent revolution to overthrow existing powers, and eventually the creation of a classless, stateless society…nations with no borders ruled by the antichrist.
Both Marx and Engels were born in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Before the revolution four out of every five citizens were farmers. By the time Marx and Engels were ready for college the mass migration of farmers to the industrial centers was reaching the proportions of a flood tide. This concentration of population created slum-ridden cities which, in turn, contributed to disease, violence and vice. It grew out of this amazing new machine age. Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution looked upon machines as the pounding, pumping, inanimate monsters that would eventually liberate mankind from the slavery of “bare-existence” economics. Critics saw in them only the problems they created…dislocation of population, maladjustment for the individual, the family and the community, and finally inhuman treatment of the men, women, and children who served the industry. Marx and Engels were not unaffected by what was going on around them. They had a violent reaction to this period of economic upheaval. Understandably, at least in their own view, they reached the conclusion that economic forces constitute the cruel and ruthless ‘iron hand’ which has guided the course of all human history.
It is at this point that we will start to take a look at the 25 ‘FALLACIES’ that have driven the Communist agenda and led to the deaths of millions of people and to the throws of government ‘slavery’ that has impacted millions of others. It is a review of how Satan, the master of lies, can consume the lives of people and many do not realize that they are a victim until it is too late. Let’s start!
Fallacy 1 – The first fallacy of Communism is its attempt to over-simplify history. Marx and Engels attempted to change history from a fluid stream, fed by human activities from millions of tributaries, into fixed, undeviating, pre-determined course of progress which could be charted in the past and predicted for the future on the basis of a single, simple criterion…economics. However, there are numerous other factors that have played a valuable role in the history of man…climate, topography, access to oceans and inland waterways, mechanical inventions, scientific discoveries, national and racial affinities, religion, desire for exploratory adventure, sentiments of loyalty, patriotism, etc. While Communists admit the factors, they insist that they are considered and included in what Marx and Engels call their Economic Determinism. If this was a factual conclusion in their focus on economics, then the Communist formula for interpreting history would be: “Everything determines everything.” [Shirokov-Mosley, A Textbook of Marxism, pg.22]. When any modern Marxist attempts to argue that the course of human progress is not fixed and inevitable, he destroys the entire justification for the Communist Revolution…that violent upheaval which Marx said was the “one way of simplifying, shortening, concentrating the death agony of the old society.” [J.E Rossignol, From Marx to Stalin, pg.321…as quoted by Karl Marx]. By the prediction of Marx and Engels, society must follow an inevitable course of development from capitalism to socialism and from socialism to Communism. This is what they meant when they said of capitalism: “Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” [Marx-Engels, Communist Manifesto, pg.29]. Today the ‘battle’ is on but the present society is not dying at all but is actually more robust than ever before, contributing more to the welfare of mankind with each passing generation. The ‘disciples’ of Marx recognize the weaknesses of the economic argument and only expose further frailty with application of Communist logic.
Fallacy 2 – Marx and Engels not only over-simplified history, they relied on this over simplification to justify the first fallacy. They said that the human mind is incapable of moral free will in the sense that it makes a choice in directing the course of history. They believed that material circumstances force the human mind to move in a certain direction and that man does not have the free will to resist it. They declared that after the brain has digested its impressions of the outside world it always decides to do whatever is necessary for the preservation of the individual in the light of material circumstances. They were saying that man is the victim of his material environment. They were saying the thing we call “free will” is nothing more or less than a conscious awareness of the materialistic forces which impel the individual to act. This conscious awareness of “natural necessity” makes men think they are choosing a course of action, when, as a matter of fact, they are simply watching themselves follow the dictates of material circumstances. However, as Marx and Engels are prone to do, they over-simplified the complexities of human behavior which cannot be explained simply in terms of “necessary” responses to material circumstances. Often men defy material circumstances to satisfy numerous other motivations such as the desire for self-expression, the moving power of religious conviction, the drive of a moral sense of duty, the satisfying of personal pride, or the realizing of a personal ambition. This refusal to recognize man’s moral agency and the power to make a choice is fatal to Marxism. When Communism says the human mind is the absolute victim of material circumstances and that human history is merely the unavoidable response of human beings to physical conditions, these claims cannot be demonstrated with examples.
Next week we will start with a look at Fallacy 3, the Communist explanation of society. Remember that some of the many Communist goals include gaining control of society. Communism cannot exist in a democratic, Christian society. The church must play a role in keeping society focused of the foundation principles of this nation or our nation could be led in a direction in conflict with those principles. Yes, this means the church cannot avoid politics if it is to play a part in keeping this nation together. We have already seen politicians who have been educated socialist, progressive principles where individual initiative toward personal responsibility is villainized and they have found that race can be used to destroy society. Such findings will be used by Communist operatives to destroy free society and encourage individuals to accept ‘slavery’ willingly believing it will lead to a better way of life. We will move on to look at the Communist view point on the origin of the state. We can see in today’s politics that some politicians see national borders as a ploy by the wealthy to secure their well being. Marx and Engels would agree.
There are only three things in life that we cannot control…the date of our birth, the color of our skin, and our date with destiny. Everything else is open to us if we will just take the time, attitude, and will power to grasp it.