Archive for the ‘atheistic communism’ Category

Atheist Totalitarianism

September 15, 2011

On some estimates, a sixth of the population of the former German Democratic Republic were Mitarbeiter—collaborators with the secret police, the Stasi—and had spied upon and denounced their neighbors, friends, relatives, and even spouses. Once the archives opened and people could read their security dossiers for themselves, they discovered in many cases that those to whom they had relayed their private thoughts had relayed them in turn to the Stasi, in return, practically, for nothing except the informer’s satisfaction of being on the right side of the powerful. Those whom people had thought were their best friends turned out to be the very ones whose denunciation had resulted in their otherwise inexplicable failure to gain promotion in their work, sometimes for decades. Such discoveries were not conducive to a favorable or optimistic view of human nature or the trust upon which a secure social life is built. The GDR, founded on a political theory that made a fetish of human solidarity, turned everyone into an atom in the asocial ether.

Theodore Dalrymple

26.3 million Chinese were killed during the regime of Mao Tse Tung betwen the years of 1949 and May 1965

October 11, 2009

26.3 million Chinese were killed during the regime of Mao Tse Tung betwen the years of 1949 and May 1965. the Walker Report published by the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary in July 1971 which ‘placed the parameters of the total death toll within China since 1949 between 32.25 and 61.7 million’.

In the USSR, according to Guinness, ‘Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn estimated the loss of life from state repression and terrorism from October 1917 to December 1959 under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev at 66,700,000.’

The worst genocide as a percentage of a nation’s total population happened in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. According to Guinness, ‘More than one third of the 8 million Khmers were killed between 17 Apr 1975 and January 1979.’

During that time towns, money and property were abolished. Economic execution by bayonet and club was introduced for such offenses as falling asleep during the day, asking too many questions, playing non-communist music, being old and feeble, being the offspring of an undesirable, or being too well educated. In fact, deaths in the Tuol Sleng interrogation center in Phnom Penh, which is the capital of Kampuchea, reached 582 in a day.

Gregory Koukl (from The Guinness Book of World Records)

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If only we could get rid of God, then the world would be so much better

October 11, 2009

According to the evidence released from secret archives since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, during 1937 and 1938, when the Great Terror was at its height, the security organs detained for alleged “anti-Soviet activities” 1,548,366 persons, of whom 681,692 were shot–an average of 1,000 executions a day. (For comparison, the tsarist regime between 1825 and 1910 executed for political crimes 3,922 persons.) In 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, camps run by the Gulag, their main administrative body, held 2,350,000 inmates, or 1.4 percent of the country’s population. The slave laborers performed important economic functions, being employed on large construction projects and forced to cut timber in the far north. No one responsible for these crimes against innocent people was tried after the Soviet Union collapsed; indeed, they did not even suffer exposure or moral opprobrium but continued to lead normal lives. Censuses revealed that between 1932 and 1939 – that is, after collectivization but before World War II – the population of the Soviet Union decreased by 9 to 10 million people. This orgy of destruction defied rational explanation. Black humor told of a new prisoner arriving at a hard labor camp. Asked how long a term he had drawn, he replies, ‘Twenty-five years.’ ‘For what?’ ‘For nothing.’ ‘Impossible,’ he is told, ‘For nothing you get ten years.’

Richard Pipes, Communism: A History, New York: Modern Library, 2001, p. 66-7

Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence

October 7, 2009

Religion is the opium of the people. Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence…The class-conscious worker of today, … leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois hypocrites and fights for a better life for himself, here on earth.

Vladimir Lenin, Religion, New York: International Publishers, 1933, p. 48).

Doesn’t this language sound so old fashioned now in post-Christian Europe? Nowadays cocaine, TV and other endless distractions are the opium of the people.

Religion is just the imaginary sun which seems to man to revolve around him, until he realizes that he himself is the centre of his own revolution

October 7, 2009

Religion is just the imaginary sun which seems to man to revolve around him, until he realizes that he himself is the centre of his own revolution…(Humans)   look for a superhuman being in the fantasy reality of heaven, and find nothing there, but their own reflection.

Karl Marx, Zur Kritik der Hegelschen Rechtsphilosophie, in  Werke, 4 vols (Berlin, 1959-1961), vol.1, p.379, 488

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

ibid. Introduction

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man.

ibid.

It is true that much of religion can be explained away as man’s wish fulfilment. But the gospel does not offer a god forn those who cannot explain everything (a god of the gaps). Nor does it offer a wish fulfilment (this is either the prosperity gospel or a mere ‘fire insurance’ Christianity). The gospel tells men what they don’t want to hear – not what they do want to hear. It assaults their pride by mocking their pretensions to self-righteousness or moral worth. It humbles men and is scoffed at as offensive to man’s sensibilities – cf. the Pharisees and all those who rejected the offence of Jesus’ cross.

Marx is attacking religion – but not the gospel.

In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm

October 3, 2009

In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm.

Che Guevara

One of these people is still alive – the other two aren’t. Just one of these people is King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore two of these people will one day bow the knee to the One.

When a 50% success rate isn’t good enough

October 3, 2009

Pol Pot wanted to destroy all that had gone before and rebuild from nothing. He achieved the first part of is objectives.

Our morality is completely subordinate to the interests of the class struggle

September 11, 2009

Our morality is completely subordinate to the interests of the class struggle of the proletariat. Good is what advances the cause of the revolution.

Lenin

Lenin denied all morality that is drawn from some conception beyond man, beyond class. We say that it is a deception … a fraud

in Karl Marx, David Lyon, p.168

Hence the elimination of the Czar’s family, Trotsky, non-collectivist peasants etc.

The loss of God and human personality

September 10, 2009

I believe that with the loss of God, man has lost a kind of absolute and universal system of coordinates, to which he could always relate anything, chiefly himself. His world and his personality gradually began to break up into separate, incoherent fragments corresponding to different, relative, coordinates.

Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright, dissident, later President

The party in the last analysis is always right

September 9, 2009

Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his party. The party in the last analysis is always right, because the party is the sole historical instrument given to the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the party and through the party, for history has not created other ways for the realisation of what is right.

Trotsky, 1924, 13th Party Congress

Stalin gained control of the party and used these words against him. Once the State is absolute, power is all that is left. So political power would come from the barrel of a gun (Mao) and ‘To make omlettes you need to break a few eggs” (Lenin) referring to his terror tactics.