Castro’s Death Reveals That Marxist Utopianism Yet Lives In The West

Mark Tooley tweets “Century’s worst tyrants? Hitler-Stalin-Mao-Tojo-PolPot-Kims-Mengistu-Saddam-Amin-Ceausescu-Ho-Gaddafi-Castros-Duvaliers-Bokassa. Who else?” Have anyone else to add to this list?

Thankfully this list is not as long as it has been. But the love affair with Marxism on the university campus continues. It took the progressives quite a while to move away from Stalin, in spite of the mounting evidence of his atrocities which yielded over 20 million deaths, mostly by starvation. Communists Stalin and Mao had adopted as their method of national strength the culling of people from the cities, especially the intellectual elite, and forcing them into agricultural collectives where they would raise crops that could then ship overseas for cash to bring back into the country. The farmers were not allowed to eat the crops they raised and by eating deplete the amount that could be sold overseas. They starved to death, to be replaced by fresh reserves from the city. This how both Russia and China grew into world powers. In Russia, as mentioned, 20 million died, and in China the figure reached 60 million. And yet, even in spite of this, the respect for democracy and capitalism never grew in the university in the waning of Marxism.

While the noise for Marxism has died down, its utopianism by the hands of the state lives and breaths in university departments across America. Core to Marxism is its antipathy to religion, its sexual libertinism and its preference of the State over the family as the basic way to nurture the young.

The sexual libertinism mystifies most people who take a look at Marxism for the first time. How did that even become part of the mix? Marriage was considered by Marxism as bourgeois and its boundaries as bondage. The left eschewed the traditional morality of Christianity with its responsibilities and deferences. This has always been appealing to the youthful Left, just setting out from the confines of their homes and away at university. Marxism gave them a world and life view that justified their sexual passions.

Of course, the weakening of the family under Marxism has been a factor in weakening it as a political system. It broke the natural bonds of parent to child, of husband and of wife.

One of the things the West has brought to the table in world history is that moral code which emerges out of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. And in that moral code are contained some of the great principles upon which a flourishing society can be built: the free worship of the Deity and the unconstrained conscience which must obey; the absolute place of the family unit which is answerable to and responsible for itself free from State interference and accountability; the self-regulation of our sexual moral codes that will result in a healthy culture of mutual responsibility.

These are the very things up for grabs on university campuses. Have we learned nothing from the 1900s and the devastation worked on our globe by John Lennon’s “Imagine?” Man, how I hate that song.

Here is Peter Hitchen’s reflection on Castro.

Obama and Fidel Castro

Included in Obama’s statement upon the death of Catro is this phrase – “recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.” 

Ya think? Castro certainly altered the course of individual lives-thousands upon thousands brutally murdered, imprisoned, hounded, intimidated, not to mention the attacks upon religion and conscience, the heart-rendering separation of families, and bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war. The Castro brothers have been thugs and brutes while they ensconced themselves in power, enjoying their luxuries, women, and self-indulgence. 

Obama began his administration pandering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, and he is ending it by lending credibility to the legacy of Fidel. The best thing to be said about Castro is that he is gone. The Democrats lost FL in the election in part due to the fogged moral vision of the President with respect to Castro, as Cuban refugees kept alive in their hearts the memory of the Catastrophe of Cuba.

THIS LAST DAY OF THE CHURCH YEAR

Today is the last day of the year, according to the Church Year calendar. Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday. The global church offered to Christ its history of faith and works done in His Name as praise, asked forgiveness for sins of commission and omission, and sought to be washed and renewed for the coming year of service to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the cycles of remembrance of the great turning points of our faith – the incarnation of our Lord; the visitation of the Magi to worship the Christ as a reminder of our mission of announcing salvation to the nations; Lent, in which the church identifies with Christ in his consecration and sufferings; Holy Week and the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday crescendoing in Easter Sunday; the Easter season, followed by Pentecost and Trinity Sunday on June 11.

After the rehearsal of these touch points of our faith, the Church enters Ordinary Time, by which is meant “ordered” time. Here we live out in a sustained way the meaning of our Lord’s birth, death, resurrection and presence through the gift of the Holy Spirit until another year is wrapped up on Christ the King Sunday on November 26, 2017.

The Church Year is a tool the church has found useful, not a biblical requirement. And I have found it useful. It constantly places me in the Divine drama, and in the midst of what can seem like endless and meaningless concatenation of events invites me to see order, rhythm and harmony. It invites me to remember and repent based on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and assures me that his mission is salvation, even mine.

So I begin again in hope that beginnings are not in vain.

Christie Blatchford, the Debate Opponent of Dr. Jordan Peterson, Has Her Own History of Bigotry

I hope you are following the latest journey of Dr. Jordan Peterson at the University of Toronto. He is making the case, at the risk of his tenured position and his license as a clinical psychologist, for freedom of speech on the university campus. Here is the debate he asked for at the UofT. It is well worth the watch. Not only does Dr. Peterson do a good job of outlining his concerns, the methods of his interlocutors are seen for what they are – not arguments but constant charges of hate and hurt feelings for which they are willing to expel him from the university and penalize him civilly and then, if he fails to pay the fine, go to jail for contempt of court.

It seems to be the case that the UofT has adopted the speech code of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which will criminalize the act of not using a person’s preferred pronoun designation that reflects in their mind their sexual identity. Simple “he” and “she” will no longer do. Peterson’s additional concern is that this also instantiates a particular theory of gender identity that removes it from biology. Biology is irrelevant to sexuality.

One of the participants in the debate to refute Peterson and accuse him of criminal hatred is Christie Blatchford. As the article indicates, she has her own trail of discrimination and hate.

A Word to Fidel Castro

Another worldly dictator meets the God of justice. No propaganda, no liberal press, no foreign aid program, no military, no cultural fads, no socialistic and Marxist dreams will stand between Castro and the searing and all-knowing eyes of The Judge of the Whole Earth who is Righteous and the Sword of Truth.

He was given by the mercy of our Lord 90 years to consider his ways. Every day was an invitation to humble himself before the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount. Instead he chose the State as his Deliverer and the worship of the State as his life’s work.

He chose a world of executions, death, enslavement of the human spirit and the destruction of families. He brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster and lived long enough to find all his human saviors had moved off the stage of history. Still he chose oppression over love, and when the results were in on his Marxist experiment on his island, he turned his head away from the truth.

Welcome to the judgment of history, Fidel Castro. Your soul yet lives in the beyond and now lives in the constant presence of truth. May you finally realize that mercy triumphs over judgment and give glory to God, whose power is love.