Materialistic Marxist Mistake of our Universities

The German atheist Karl Marx wanted to revolutionize society where the state became the champion of the people. In his famous manifesto the state would dictate right and wrong, economics, culture, education, science, medicine and equality. In turn the people would love, sacrifice and support the state for the betterment of all.  Interestingly this was the same sentiment written by two Marxists, Mussolini and Gentile when they penned their ‘Fascist Manifesto’ (a socialist refinement) decades later.

To millions it doesn’t sound too bad but it turned out to be the greatest human rights disaster the world has ever seen. Before the full horrors of this system were fully known, many western academics signed up to the program and their university classes started to be sympathetic to Marxism and eventually supported it openly and agitated for Marxist social policy. Today these people are known by the term ‘useful idiots’. Of course Marxism had accepted the belief of Materialism (see the Materialist Belief). Materialism assumed that the Christian doctrines and beliefs were obviously wrong and because the Christian Churches were largely responsible for creating and underwriting Western civilization, a civilization  that needed to be changed, then the powerful Churches needed to be undermined. Although Marxism was tried in various countries, the Marxist super-power and darling of what became known as liberal Western academia was the now collapsed empire which was known as the USSR. In that country Christian Churches were ruthlessly pulled down and hundreds of thousands of religious priests killed in cold blood. Millions more Christians were starved to death or exiled to the gulags in Siberia where they were worked to death as slave labour. As the Nazi Socialists of Germany were soon to copy, the Christian presence in education was to be reduced and discouraged with the eventual aim of eradication. In the ideology of Socialism, there was no spirit of man, no God, no power greater than the state law and any ideology that did not accept socialism was brutally dealt with. If the state said the putting to death of Christians was for the good of the state then there was no greater power to disagree. If anyone did disagree, they became enemies of the state and liable to state retribution. ‘Enemies of the State’ who were put to death numbered in their millions. People would be made to love the state, whether they wanted to or not.

Such an idea was doomed to failure at the start. If the state was supreme then it would either be ruled by a small elite, or shared by disparate groups in a democratic fashion. Such is the fact of human nature.

The case of a ruling elite would have large sections of the populace resentful towards the state and they would be put down ruthlessly which would breed greater resentment. The state would not be loved with a small ruling minority where there were disparate groups.

The second case, a more democratic sharing of power in a supreme state would have constant fighting over who had the right to govern. It would create a constant tug-o-war between disparate groups where the state was not something to be loved but a mechanism for getting your own way over people who would not otherwise except it.

This is similar to the situation many Western democracies find themselves in today. People end up disillusioned by a state where opposing forces are completely disparaging of the other side while they are out of power and completely frustrated in not doing all they want when they are in power. The state becomes an arm wrestle of trying to deny the other side the opportunity to grow.

The Soviets, who took the first scenario saw the Church as their enemy. The Church was not like themselves but a disparate group with foreign ideas that had to be crushed if the state was to not be hampered by differing views. In the USSR differing views, wherever they came from, had to be destroyed. For everyone to love the state the Soviet citizen had to be of one uniform mind accepting the Marxist leadership. No disparate groups could be recognised or allowed to hamper the forward march of socialism in building a better progressive world by questioning the basis of Soviet ideology. In Marxist ideology the cold soulless state would always be more important than man.  It was man that had to conform to the reality and needs of the state and not the other way around.

The USSR, in its war against Christianity  tried to portray religion as belonging to a past time, of hampering progress, of being in fact the opposite of progress, of being replaced by reason and science which was the antithesis to religion and Christianity in particular. Students were taught atheism in schools and given school projects of converting a member of one’s family to atheism. The young could not freely take part in religious services until they reached adulthood. Propaganda campaigns were organized at school, work and cultural institutions to portray Christianity as un-intellectual. When the Soviets manufactured tractors for example they were accompanied with state propaganda programs which asked the farmers if praying for good harvests was any match for the scientific progress of atheist Soviet technology. When Uri Gagarin went into space he was made to announce on state TV that he didn’t see God there as if simple minded Christians expected him to.

In Western universities such examples of misrepresenting and ridiculing Christianity were copied with the same goal in mind, to quell disparate views and to pave the way for accepting socialist ideology. University professors competed with eachother to redefine scientific disciplines in terms of humanism whether it be psychology, history, physics or indeed theology. Such a project in our universities was accepted as modern, progressive, scientific, liberal and enlightened. In fact, as has been previously mentioned, in the course of time these professors have come to be known by the term ‘Useful Idiots’.  There have been many weapons used in the socialist war against Christianity including a promotion of ‘neutral’ secularism, gay rights, political correctness, moral relativism and the ‘science verse religion’ paradigm.

Unfortunately for our Western Christian culture (which has suffered from these theories) we were infected with Marxism and Materialism in our universities at a key moment. It was the moment that mass access to universities became commonplace and as such many people became the first in their families to receive a university education right at the time the Useful Idiots were at their unchallenged peak. Today, after a few generations of mass attendance at our universities, students give professors much less uncritical respect and professors are scrutinized more thoroughly and asked for their evidence and reasoning by a more educated populace. Also, at the same time it was also the beginning of mass media communications which looked to describe and create a new world. Students coming out of university who would fashion this new world, thanks to the “Useful Idiots” saw socialism as the modern progressive answer and Christianity as the backward oppressor. In the media they would continue the ridiculing and misrepresentation of Christianity as their duty as enlightened, progressive citizens trying to build a new and better world. Such a project is now difficult to defend, seen as increasingly incoherent and irrational and whose fruits are increasingly seen to be detrimental to society. The Marxist and Materialistic theories that these weapons were used to support are now seen as divisive, incorrect and themselves belonging to the past.


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