This week we will continue evaluating the fallacies of the Communist evaluation of society. Marx and Engels seem to put their whole hope in controlling society to fit their eventual goals. All we have to do is ask those who have escaped Communism as to what it does to life.
Fallacy 15 – By Communist theory class struggle leads to “necessary progress”. According to Marx and Engels in their attempt to apply the dialectics of their philosophy, out of struggle between two opposing forces an inescapable new evolutionary advancement is made. This fails to explain the unprogressiveness which has characterized many nations for centuries…nations such as India, China, Egypt, Arabia, Africa, and populations in East Asia. It also fails to explain an obvious fact of history…namely the regression of civilizations. The whole pattern of human experience shows that nations rise to a summit of power and then pass through moral and intellectual decay to lose their cultural standing and economic preponderance.
Fallacy 16 – The failure of class struggle to explain the past also failed Marx and Engels when they tried to predict what would happen in their own lifetime. They said that Communism would come first to those countries which were most highly capitalistic because the class struggle would become more sharply defined as capitalism increased. On this basis they thought Communism would first come to Germany. [Marx-Engels, Communist Manifesto, page 58]. A few years later Marx shifted his prediction to England. [As quoted by Marx in Christian Morals by M. D’Arcy, page 172]. How ironical that Communism should come first to Russia, a nation which in economic matters was one of the least developed among all countries in Europe, and it came as a coup, not through any class struggle on the part of its workers. It came through the conspiratorial intrigue of V.I. Lenin, who was encouraged by the German High Command to go into Russia during the closing months of World War One and use a small, hard core of revolutionaries to seize the provisional government which had but recently forced the Tsar to abdicate. At the moment it represented the working class, as much as anyone else, in setting up a Communist version of a democratic constitution. Communism did not come to Russia as the natural outcome of class struggle but like any other dictatorship, by military might of a small minority.
This then brings us to the dictatorship of the proletariat. This proposed monopoly of political and economic power was designed to do many things for the good of humanity, as are some of the actions in US political activity, but experience has proven them to be false dreams.
Fallacy 17 – The Dictatorship of the Proletariat was designed to spread the enjoyment of wealth among the people by abolishing private property and putting all means of production in the hands of the government. The Communists claimed it was to prevent all property and wealth from falling into the hands of private capitalists. (Sound familiar?) But what happened was that it destroyed what little division of wealth there was and sent the economy hurtling back in the direction of feudalism…an economic system under which a few privileged persons dispense the necessities of life by arbitrary determination while at the same time dictating the way in which all important phases of life shall be lived by the citizens. (Ever heard…from everyone according to his ability, to everyone according to his need!) Marx and Engels failed to distinguish the difference between the right of private property and the abuse of private property. They were going to eliminate the abuse by abolishing the right. The problem of humanity has not been the right to own private property but how to provide an equitable distribution of property rights so that many people could enjoy them. The Communist theory does not solve this problem because of the simple fact that putting all property back under the supervision of the hirelings of a dictatorship launches a trend toward monopoly of property rather than toward a wider distribution of enjoyment. [Consider this situation when a government controls property…you may own a three bedroom home. Only two live in this home. The government has a homeless situation to solve. You don’t need three bedrooms so the government ‘confiscates’ one of your bedrooms to solve their problems. This could happen with the government in control of private property.]
Fallacy 18 – The Dictatorship of the Proletariat was also designed to compensate each man for work performed rather than for wages earned. Communist leaders were simply abandoning the prevailing medium of exchange. Wages were abolished in favor of labor certificates. After the Communist revolution in Russia it was found that this idea forced the nation to resort to a primitive barter system. In a short timeframe the whole idea had to be abandoned. The Communists learned that the problem of equalizing wages was not solved by abolishing wages.
Fallacy 19 – The Dictatorship of the Proletariat was also intent on creating a large ‘defense’ army which would help ‘liberate’ the proletariat in other nations until finally the Dictatorship would cover the entire earth. This veiled attempt to hide imperialistic ambitions is still in work today. Their armies are always described as being for ‘defense’ and the victims of their aggression as being ‘liberated’. History has shown the terror of Communist liberation.
Fallacy 20 – The Dictatorship of the Proletariat was further expected to give the Communist leaders time to demonstrate to the ‘masses’ the effectiveness of their plan so as to ensure the unity of support for ‘full communism’ which was soon to follow. The Communist Dictatorship in Russia has had no such power to persuade the masses. In fact, the violence which, was authorized for use against the capitalist class had to be turned loose with equal fury on the proletariat or working class so that today the masses have been reduced to a state of numb and fearful acquiescence rather than a ‘unity of support’ for the Communist cause. If we watch the news today…not the ‘fake’ news…we can see these actions continuing to take place not only in Russia but in other Communist run countries…and in some countries where liberal/progressives would like to be in control.
It is so important for citizens to stay aware of what is going on in society and in government. The freedom our founders established for us can be lost in one election cycle. As much as I want to be able to trust our government it gets more and more difficult everyday. And I also want to trust our churches to take a stand against the forces of evil that want to steal our freedoms, but that is even getting more difficult to rely on. Fear of offending has the potential to kill Christianity and the church in the United States and around the world. Christians must be the sentinels and foot soldiers in the defense against the forces of Satan.
Next week we will look at another false goal of the Communist agenda…the stateless, classless society under full communism. In this system the church will no longer be relevant. Worship of anything but Communism will be a crime. Is the US ready for this? I don’t think so! Is it prepared to keep it from happening? We can only hope and pray so!
Jesus confirmed that the Day of the Lord would come when life seemed to be proceeding normally. People will be eating, drinking, and marrying when suddenly the destructive judgment of God will fall. [Luke 17:26-27].