This week we will look at the Communist goal of a stateless, classless society. This is a goal that is totally against the human make-up and can only be instituted through the use of force and terror. While it may sound pleasing on the surface, it will bring total misery to mankind and require a terrible loss of life to restore the freedoms we now know. Let’s get started.
Fallacy 21 – The Communist dream of a great new ‘one world’ of the future is based on the belief that a regime of violence and coercion under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat would permit the establishment of a society which would produce a new order of men who would acquire the habit of observing what Lenin called the “simple fundamental rules of everyday social life in common”. The fallacy of this hope lies in Communism’s perverted interpretation of human behavior i.e. if you change things outside of a man this automatically compels a change on the inside of the man. Environment only conditions man, it does not change his very nature. Just as men will always laugh, eat, propagate, gravitate into groups, and desire to explore the unknown; likewise they will always enjoy the pleasure of possessing things, they will always possess the desire for individual expression or self-determination, they will have an ambition to improve their circumstances, and be motivated to excel above others. These qualities are inherent in each generation and cannot be legislated away nor ignored. Therefore, no amount of violence and coercion will ever develop permanent habits of observing the ‘simple fundamental rules of everyday social life in common’ if that social life violates the very nature of man. No matter how man is suppressed he will harbor in his very nature a passionate instinct for freedom to express these desires which are his by inheritance rather than acquisition. They will not be annihilated even under the ruthless suppressions of a militant Dictatorship of the Proletariat. Sixty centuries of history have demonstrated that society succeeds only when it tempers man’s natural instincts and inclinations. It is these same qualities of human nature which Communism would try to abolish; the very things which, under proper circumstances, men find to be the sources of satisfaction, strength and well-being which lead to progress for both the individual and for society as a whole.
Fallacy 22 – Marx and Engels were so anxious to discredit capitalism that they spent most of their time on that particular theme and never revealed the complete plan for ‘full communism’. One of the plan’s weaknesses is the axiom that “Each will produce according to his ability; each will receive according to his need.” Perhaps this sounds excellent when dealing with a handicapped person, because society is willing to make up to an obviously handicapped person who cannot do for himself. What happens when this is applied to a whole society? This is illustrated by the story of a teacher dealing with her class on the subject of Communism. They seemed to be happy with the Communist slogan. She decided to give them a little demonstration concerning the production of results according to capacity and the giving of rewards based on need. To get a passing grade in her class one had to have a 75 test score. Therefore she proposed that if one student received a 95 and another 55 on a test she would take 20 points off of the high score and apply it to the low score thus giving each the required 75 needed to pass. That proposal went over like a ‘lead balloon’. She explained that is an example of the Communist theory. It would not take long for incentive to go to the wayside. Communism is in the process of destroying the most ordinary of work incentives. Here are four of those incentives:
> Increased reward for increased production.
> Increased reward for working harder to develop improved products.
> Increased reward for working harder to provide improved services.
> The right of the worker to buy and develop property with the accumulation of past rewards (profits) over and above the needs of consumption and thereby improve the circumstances of himself and his family.
Communist leadership seems to have misunderstood the universal lesson of life that man’s greatest enemy is inertia and that the mainspring of action to combat inertia is not force but the opportunity for self-improvement. Marx and Engels insisted that such an attitude is selfish and ‘non-social’, while the plain fact is that a worker finds it difficult to work harder in order to fill the stomachs of ‘society’ when the fruits of his labor do not first take care of himself and his family. Therefore, Communist leaders say that the Dictatorship must continue indefinitely.
Fallacy 23 – It becomes quite obvious that the theories of Marx and Engels fails to take into account some of the most elementary facts of life. They assume that in a stateless society, mass-rule (which always turns out to be mob-rule) would be more discriminating and discerning than the executive, legislative, and judicial bodies of organized government. Past human experience does not support this assumption.
Next week we will look at the final identified fallacies of Communist theory and at Communism as a negative approach to problem-solving. It would benefit the church to frequently point out the advantages Christianity and God’s Word has brought to this nation. Why else would Communism want to destroy the church? We know that Satan will use whatever approach he can to destroy the church. Communism along with some church leadership who are willing to ‘redefine’ God’s Word is an answer to prayer…if there is such a thing in that world.
People of faith must remember you never lose until you quit. This is time “to stand up, speak up, and refuse to give up.”