1) Christianity is about resurrection, which implies that we are already dead. It has a defined goal. It seeks personal improvement. And this translates into small actions day-to-day that have no big picture impact but are huge in the small picture. Christianity is an ideology about life and second chances.
Marxism is about destruction. You must murder society before you can resurrect it. But there is no goal on the other side. There is just a vague notion of justice, but it is arbitrary and constantly changing. The individual is his own authority and can decide who deserves to live and who deserves to die. And revolution wants to start from the ground up, so every thing about society must be washed away and began from scratch. And since that hasn’t happened yet (and never truly can), socialism is always in the process of destroying. It never gets to the rebuilding phase.
<<I had a friend, a nun, Mary Montgomery, one of the Sisters of Providence, who took me out to lunch every six months or so, and gave me twenty-dollar Target gift cards on Christmas. Her gestures to support someone, rather than expressions of hate against someone — even though these gestures were miniscule and did nothing to restore me to health — meant a great deal to me.>>
2) Christianity gives value to the individual. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Small actions of kindness have value. Each person has a responsibility. You have to love others no matter what they are like.
Marxism is collectivist. It sees people as groups based on a quality. There always must be a proletariat to overthrow a bourgeoise. The individual circumstance does not matter. All women are oppressed by all men, and therefore feminists claim to speak for “all women” even though very few American women actually consider themselves to be feminists. It is fueled by hatred for an opposing class and only has love for those who are like you.
Christianity teaches a heavenly kingdom. Christians are supposed to follow the existing laws and respect authority. We are not supposed to look for paradise on earth. But the Jewish leaders were expecting an earthly messiah who would overthrow the Romans, and that is why centuries later so many Jews have been Marxists. “Judeo-Christian values” is a contradiction in terms.
<<I volunteered with the Sisters of Charity. For them, I pumped cold water from a well and washed lice out of homeless people’s clothing. The sisters did not want to save the world. Someone already had. The sisters focused on the small things, as their founder, Mother Teresa, advised, “Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.” Delousing homeless people’s clothing was one of my few concrete accomplishments.>>
<<Affirmative action benefits recipients by color, not by income. Even this limited focus fails. In his 2004 Yale University Press study, Thomas Sowell insists that affirmative action helps only wealthier African Americans. Poor blacks do not benefit. In 2009, Princeton sociologists Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford demonstrated that poor, white Christians are underrepresented on elite college campuses. Leftists add insult to injury. A blue-collar white kid, who feels lost and friendless on the alien terrain of a university campus, a campus he has to leave immediately after class so he can get to his fulltime job at MacDonald’s, must accept that he is a recipient of “white privilege” – if he wants to get good grades in mandatory classes on racism.>>
3) The ironic reversal of point #2 is that Marxism can only be achieved if the individual is atomized. All of humanity is supposed to be regrouped into the same collective. Therefore all identifiable ties must be destroyed. This is why leftists glorify single-parent families and coerce communities into racial diversity without letting it come about organically. Every sense of identity must be removed so that you are a complete individual.
Christianity is community-ist. Almost ever epistle in the Bible was written to a church or to a leader of a church. Some recent pope (I am having trouble finding the quote) said that the only thing we do alone is go to hell. St Ignatius said, There is no salvation outside the Church. The Orthodox Church teaches that, generally speaking, you should either be married or living in a monastery.
Of course we all have personal responsibility for our choices regardless of what others do. But we are tied to those around us. This is why Jesus says to maintain good terms with your neighbors even if you don’t like them. Christianity tries to build a community here and now. Marxism wants a community of inter-exchangeable parts in the distant future like some kind of bland lumpy porridge. Marxism doesn’t care if prices sore while product quality plummets, so long as there is an illusion of equality. Poverty, murder, and the deep emotional suffering of grief and despair are incidental inconveniences in socialism. Mediocrity is at best a condition and at worst a goal.
<<Horowitz said something that interrupted my flow of thought. He pointed out that Camden, Paterson, and Newark had decades of Democratic leadership. I grew up among “Greatest Generation” Americans who had helped build these cities…Within a few short decades, Paterson, Camden, and Newark devolved into unlivable slums, with shooting deaths, drug deals, and garbage-strewn streets. The pain that New Jerseyans express about these failed cities is our state’s open wound.>>
<<In the end, though, we didn’t show up for the Marxist happily ever after. We believed in God and we were often devout Catholics. Leftists wanted us to slough off our ethnic identities and join in the international proletarian brotherhood — “Workers of the world, unite!” But we clung to ethnic distinctiveness. Future generations lost their ancestral ties, but they didn’t adopt the IWW flag; they flew the stars and stripes. “Property is theft” is a communist motto, but no one is more house-proud than a first generation Pole who has escaped landless peasantry and secured his suburban nest.>>
4) It is entirely focused on money. The goodness in life is not measured by a variety of life experiences, emotions, and relationships but in material possessions and endorphin highs. In Marxism, it is impossible to live a good life without some measure of luxury. But someone always has more luxury than you, which causes you to realize how poor you are. So socialism is built on jealousy. (Feminists do the same things with the men’s careers, educations and leadership positions.) If you’ve ever wondered where the connection between Jewish usury and Jewish communism is, it’s in this point.
Therefore people are always seen as a having a monetary value and not an intrinsic human worth. A person exists to further the people’s revolution. Beyond that they have no purpose in life. This is why communist governments murder their own citizens so frequently, even if those citizens are actively trying to work for the state. (Read “From Russia, With Love” by Ian Fleming.) And because people are defined by their possessions, it makes it easier to fit them into a collective based on class.
In Christianity, you are not supposed to be jealous of others. A good life is measured by the good you do and not the good you have. Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell everything he has, not so that the poor can be wealthy but so that the rich young ruler will be free to pursue righteousness.
Socialist Jesus would have told the rich young ruler to commit suicide and leave his possessions to a charity. After all, socialism doesn’t care about personal righteousness or self-improvement; its only concern is equality.
<<I felt that I was confronting the signature essence of my social life among leftists. We rushed to cast everyone in one of three roles: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed. We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. I wanted to see others, not as victims or victimizers, but as potential friends, as loved creations of God. I wanted to understand the point of view of people with whom I disagreed without immediately demonizing them as enemy oppressors.>>
5) Marxism teaches that the end of equality justifies the means. If the entire goal of history is to achieve equality, then you must do anything to achieve that salvation. Therefore, the individual circumstance is irrelevant. This is how the rape hoaxes of the last few years have come about. If women are by default the oppressed, then we have to believe any woman who claims to be raped, and even when she is proven to be lying, we must still sympathize with her.
This removes the notion of consequences. If women are taught they can get away with lying about rape, then they will lie even more about rape. Eventually men and even women will quit believing them. But that “sides” with men, so the feminists must double down and say that we should believe women even more. Truth doesn’t matter; only results matter.
This comfort with falsehood bleeds over into ethics. Something is only right or wrong depending on the class that commits it. Feminists make up the myth of rape culture on colleges and cherrypick isolated examples that usually turn out to be false. But these same feminists want to import Muslims who have a real rape culture. When these Muslims now living in the West act on their rape culture, feminists rush to cover up the story and dismiss the pattern, because they need Muslims to be a proletariat to help fight against the bourgeoise white males. This is why all liberals are hypocrites. And should a woman like Kelleyanne Conway, Anne Coulter or Sarah Palin side against the liberals, they are considered traitors to the revolution and must be executed mercilessly before they can gain influence.
In Christianity, because God is the origin of all reality, Truth matters. Perhaps you can tell a lie out of politeness or to save a life, but you cannot tell a lie to bolster the ideology. Equality is not the goal at all. The goal is making things into what they were created to be. And because we are all supposed to be achieving perfection, then all rape is bad no matter who commits it. And so Christian cultures have made rape illegal and have attached a strong social stigma to it. People are judged based on their choices and not on their class.
In Christianity, the goal of life is holiness. Therefore, the end of sanctification justifies any means. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” If you have to sell everything, if you have to be abandoned by your friends, if you have to give up a high-paying job, if you have to be murdered in order to achieve holiness, then you do so, because that is the purpose.
It is for this reason that Christianity sees suffering as a blessing. Suffering builds character. Secularism (and by extension Marxism) sees suffering as an inconvenience to be avoided whenever possible. Nietzsche has the famous phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and it is for that reason (among others) that he is more loved by Christians than his own atheists.
The atheist cannot imagine any good coming from hardship. He only wants luxury and pleasure, and he believes he is entitled to take it at any cost. In Charlotte, there is little middle class. You are either a very wealthy white or a poor minority. Unfair? Yes. Is it justice to riot downtown and take from the whites by force? It depends on what you view as the purpose of life.
<<I was a graduate student. Female genital mutilation came up in class. I stated, without ornamentation, that it is wrong. A fellow graduate student, one who was fully funded and is now a comfortably tenured professor, sneered at me. “You are so intolerant. Clitoredectomy is just another culture’s rite of passage. You Catholics have confirmation.”>>
<<The left’s visceral hatred of poor whites overflowed like a broken sewer when John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. It would be impossible, and disturbing, to attempt to identify the single most offensive comment that leftists lobbed at Palin. One can report that attacks on Palin were so egregious that leftists themselves publicly begged that they cease; after all, they gave the left a bad name. The Reclusive Leftist blogged in 2009 that it was a “major shock” to discover “the extent to which so many self-described liberals actually despise working people.” The Reclusive Leftist focuses on Vanity Fair journalist Henry Rollins. Rollins recommends that leftists “hate-fuck conservative women” and denounces Palin as a “small town hickoid” who can be bought off with a coupon to a meal at a chain restaurant.>>