Vladimir Lenin once stated, “the goal of socialism is communism.” Socialism inevitably progresses to communism, it seeks a slow burn of stripping the rights of people, not all at once. 58% of Americans in 2019 supported a socialist society (1), with the highest support coming from Gen Z and then Millennials. What should be our Christian attitude towards this? What signs of not only socialism, but communism are in America? And what should we do? May everything written be guided by the Holy Spirit and edifying to whomever reads this. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Christian Perspective
Communism is opposed to everything Christianity stands for. The reality is that the evil of communism has lead to the enslavement, abuse, suffering, and murder of more Christians (in the tens of millions) than any other force or movement in the history of Christianity. He who welcomes such a thing welcomes the devil himself. America is in a battle between good and evil, communism teaches people to replace belief in God with atheistic materialism where righteousness is portrayed as wickedness and where deathly vice as compassion. We must do everything we can to ensure America does not follow the same path of Soviet Russia.
“Worse still, the rich whose gold was taken away would feel bitter and resentful; while the poor who received the gold from the hands of the soldiers would feel no gratitude, because no generosity prompted the gift. Far from bringing moral benefit to society, it would actually do moral harm. Material justice cannot be accomplished by compulsion, a change of heart will not follow. The only way to achieve true justice is to change people’s hearts first – and then they will joyfully share their wealth.” – St. John Chrysostom. Socialism and communism inverts what St. John is saying, he is saying a change in spirit will manifest the change, a forced change (socialism) does not manifest any spirit. It doesn’t work, it has never worked, it will never work. It is antichrist, the promise of a beneficial wonderful thing but done through wrong methods that only lead to the appearance of said thing, not the actual thing itself.
To quote from Solzhenitsyn, “It has granted me to carry away from my prison years on my bent back, which nearly broke beneath its load, this essential experience: how a human being becomes evil and how good. In the intoxication of my youthful successes I had felt myself to be infallible, and I was therefore cruel. In the surfeit of power I was a murderer, and an oppressor. In my most evil moments I was convinced that I was doing good, and I was well supplied with systematic arguments. And it was only wen I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first strivings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and then all human hearts… And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains… an unuprooted small corner of evil.” (3).
Again, Solzhenitsyn makes a similar point to St. John. The heart is of enormous importance, of which the love of our God can change. Inward change gives way to an outward change, and outward change does not always give way for an inward change. This is why no one can truly change the world without first changing himself. Here in America we are living in a fool’s paradise where countless live unaware of the real meaning of life. The deadness of our spiritual state has led us susceptible to this evil at our doorstep. For all of us believe we are not guilty since we are not behind bars, but those behind bars only did business with their hands what we do in our hearts. Changing other’s hearts begins with our own.
The relativity of truth is an infection of communism plaguing the mind of millions, and if it’s not of communism it certainly leaves those who believe in it open to the parasite. Good is definitively good, evil is definitively evil, it is not a matter of perspective. “The truth is relative” is an absolute statement. The law of God is written on every man’s heart (Romans 2:14-15), our conscience where God has put truth leads us, not what Big Brother tells us think, feel, or believe. We must reach towards God, pray fervently, reclaim our will, reclaim definitive absolute truth, return to our religious and moral roots, reject our constant love of pleasures, and stand firmly for this real truth. Or else it will be as Solzhenitsyn warned us that what happened in Soviet Russia is coming to the West. “In Russia, communism is a dead dog while in the West it’s a living lion.”
Communism In America
The very nature of what is occurring in America cannot entirely be called communism by definition alone as it involves multiple ideologies but at it’s core this is the final destination. “The essence of communism is quite beyond the limits of human understanding… to reject the communist ideology is to simply be a human being.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
The United States would be extremely difficult to overtly invade as we own over 46% of the worlds firearms, add the fact that we are only 5% of the world population and you begin to see the immense problem presented by means of a visible infiltration. (2). The only truly viable option for enemies of America is to invade ideologically, over generations, by a slow drip not a quick wave. We see this as each generation is becoming progressively more and more open in support of a socialist society. And we must remember Lenin said, the goal of socialism is to continue to communism. So where is the slow drip occurring if not outwardly? By means of education, media, technology, science, social justice, and business.
What signs do we have of communism in America? The following is not an exhaustive list nor in depth as I could be, but central indications I think we as Americans should be mindful of:
One characteristic of communism is the monopoly of money and power into the ruling party (4), and over this pandemic we have seen one of the greatest wealth transfers in human history. Billionaires got 54% richer during the pandemic while almost 200,000 small businesses have closed permanently after the first year of pandemic (5). It is not surprising the world economic forum has touted this “the Great Reset,” a strikingly similar slogan to communist China of the 1950’s titled “the Great Leap Forward.” Joe Biden’s campaign logo also resembles the “three red banners” of communist China as well, albeit this may be a stretch, given the circumstances one can’t help but wonder.
Another characteristic of communism is a single party system, where all opposition is silenced. While I personally think politicians on both sides are puppets, you cannot help but see this with the outright censorship and de-platforming of conservative voices. Facebook and Instagram delete accounts, block content from being shown in feeds, and now consider anything against their narrative to be “extremist behavior.” Communist systems make sure people have “correct thinking” historically that fits their agenda, and it was enforced by the coercive power of the state which had all control.
There’s a consistent reason Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto calls central banks one of the 10 pillars of a communist economy: central banks limit individual freedom and put bureaucracies and secret committees in charge of important economic decisions. This is exactly what the Federal Reserve is, it also acts as another important pillar of communism, a graduated income tax, of which didn’t exist in America until the Federal Reserve was born in 1913. America once had a full blown revolt over a 3% tax on tea, but now is fine with up to a 40% tax on income.
Communism has historically opposed religion, Christianity in particular. Karl Marx saw religion as “opium of the people.” Just the fact at how many today would agree with his sentiment is alarming. In communist Russia we saw Atheism mandated by the state, Christian churches were burned and so many Christians martyred for their faith. Common soviet tactics were things such as ridiculing religion, harassing believers, and propagating atheism in schools. Today, we have those who keep their traditional Christian values being harassed and labeled as “Christian nationalists” or extremists. Christianity is ridiculed by the media as backwards way of thinking, and it was removed from schools in the 1960’s. Atheism is practically taught by default in schools, education presupposes a belief, it’s just a matter of which belief is being instructed.
Marx advocated for the destruction of the family unit, believing monogamy was an institution contrary to human nature.“Therefore after, for example, the earthly family is discovered as the secret of the holy family, the former must itself be theoretically and practically destroyed.” – Karl Marx. Mothers at work spelled doom for the family as the children become entirely raised by the state. Is this not exactly what is happening in America? The destruction of the family, divorce rates sky-high if the people even get married at all, children have become raised more by the government than their own families.
The Communist Manifesto 10 Point Plan & It’s Correlation:
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
[Partial Success: Property taxes, zoning laws, the federal government owns 30% of all land in the USA.]
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
[Partial Success: inheritance tax rates range from 18% to 55%.]
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
[Mostly Success: roads, airspace; controls on riverways, telecomm.]
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
You could argue 7 out of the 10 points of communism are here in America currently, not factoring it’s other characteristics. Communism is not smarter or better in any way in it’s conquer, it is because of the lack of spiritual discipline of the people that allows it to take hold. Someone asked Lenin what would happen if somebody were to have a religious idea or want to go back to the old-fashioned ways of doing things. They asked him: “Won’t you need a police department at least?” And he said: “There will be no need for a police department because the people themselves will be so changed under the new conditions of society that, when anybody has a non-social idea, he will be automatically squashed like a bug by the people themselves.”
We must be active or abdicate. To end on a quote by the same beloved saint as I started this on, “all depends upon being willing or unwilling.” – St. John Chrysostom.
1. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 2019 Annual Poll.
2. Small Arms Survey, Estimating Global Civilian-Held Firearms Numbers. Aaron Karp. June 2018.
3. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Part II.
4. Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, December 2013.
5. CBS News, Aimee Picchi, March 2021.
6. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto.
7. History of European Ideas, Volume 18, 1994.