- 13 Mar 2018 05:00
Victoribus my friend!
I thought that with work I'd have more time to engage in a structured dialogue/debate with you, but unfortunately perhaps I need to start in a more free form manner. This is, a set of reflections on my being a Christian and a Communist.
Therefore, I will begin again this discussion with your in a more relaxed and informal, intimate way. Soul to soul. I think it was John Lukacs that said something along the lines of Anti-Communism being a phenomena that has not been sufficiently examined as a thing in itself, and I believe that he is right. You are perhaps 30 years old, while I am almost 49 now, all my formative years were filled with the presence of Communism in the World during the Cold War and It's end, while your formative years were afterwards. Both Communists and Anti-Communists after 1989-1991 are generally profoundly different in Kind than such as I.
By the time I knew what Communism truly was, getting past all the rhetoric and propaganda on both sides, it was collapsing, and Capitalism triumphed everywhere. I discovered that I believed in Communism, except this one monstrous deformity, like a mangled eye or goiter... The radical Atheism and even Antitheistic nature of it's historical leadership for the most part. That's one huge font of Anti-Communism right there. So many over the years, so many voices saying that their opposition was the Atheism, and the mass slaughters (which I think are greatly exaggerated and misapplied in some places and times to Communists, but indeed, Revolutions are cruel...). Even fewer endorsed the criticisms of Communism by the Capitalists, and I've seen the rebuttals of these critiques all the same.
But...But... But...''I'm an American, isn't Communism subversive? I'm a patriot!'' ''I'm a Christian!''
As if good ideas have borders, spiritual truths stop at frontiers... And as if the Truth of the American Revolution stopped in 1789, or 1860. You're damn right I'm an American, and an Orthodox Christian. How are men free if they're subject to theft, to exploitation of their labors and manipulation by the owners of the means of production in a society? Is that right? Is that Christian?
Damn it, I thought, Christians worthy of His Name, faithful to the Apostolic Teaching (the same teaching which included ''having all in common''). All this I have pretty much written before, but it relates directly to what I'm seeing and feeling right now.
As I see the ruins of the former Soviet Union, ruled over by crooks (for the most part). Yugoslavia divided and crushed, the FSU divided and crushed. the PRC reduced to being the very Engine of the world Capitalist System. All the Communist countries gone (North Korea hasn't been Commie since the 60's, really). Doing the right thing without God doesn't seem to work.
Capitalism and Consumerism, hedonism and poverty, reign supreme in the world. Oligarchs and Gangsters rule almost everything everywhere, and pride themselves with their triumph over the Boogeyman, Communism. And yet... They're still afraid, even of Ghosts, of not even Shadows, but the shadows of shadows. Extend NATO further.... Encircle China... Make even the Compredor elites who rule the Post-Communist states as resource colonies of International Capitalism, and everyone who has the slightest pro-Communist fond memory, the Enemy too. Glorify your wealth, you Rich, now's the only time you can...
Start being assholes to the working man even more, you Rich, you Exploiters who grind the face of the Poor Man, now that the threat is gone, nobody to tempt him to dream of a better life or save him, except maybe the Lord of Hosts Himself, for the defrauding of their wages cries out to Heaven for Justice. His Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven...
I watched Capitalism drop the Mask after the fall of the Soviet Union, and show itself to be everything the Socialists and Communists, and the early Church Fathers and other honest Clergy and men of God, say It would be. I didn't have to pick up Marx or Lenin, I picked up my Bible, my sermons of St. John Crysostom on Lazarus and the Rich man. After 1991, It gradually dawned on me. But I'm just a man, who lives in the world and pays bills and has a family. True... Slavery existed for thousands of years, good men even praised it. Slaves revolted, and slaves ran away. Things gradually developed, so that governments were moved in Christian nations to remedy this social evil, after a critical mass was reached and enough people saw it as a social evil. Sometimes it took a war, and force, from the Barbary Pirates to the American Civil War.
So by all means let's have this conversation, Victoribus Spoila, and perhaps others. I'm just one man, not the smartest or the most courageous, and i'm a sinner too. But I have to silence this inner cry of pain within me, like we had our last chance to avoid Barbarism in 1991, and we missed it.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.