The Nature of Chaos and Anarchy as Tools of Communist Subversion

Joshua Philipp

There are groups in the United States and other parts of the world that are actively trying to incite chaos, whether through the advocacy of anarchy or through subversive movements meant to destabilize societies.

We saw this clearly when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on June 23 called on her supporters to harass members of the Trump administration, stating, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up, and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

We also see this in groups such as Antifa, which ironically advocate for both communism and anarchy—a system of absolute government control and a system of no government, respectively. Yet, if we understand the deeper goals of communism, and the original nature of anarchy, the union between the two systems makes sense.

Karl Marx established that communism would be done in stages, the first being socialism, or what Lenin described as “state capitalism,” in which the state had seized control of all means of production. The goal of socialist tyranny is to establish full communism, in which all previously existing forms of hierarchy have been overthrown, all morals have been destroyed, and all traditional culture has been ruined. Communism is the state of desolation, and socialism is its tool for achieving this.

Anarchy, on the other hand, advocates for the creation of full communism without the stage of socialist tyranny. William Godwin (1756–1836), one of the founders of modern anarchy, explained that through personal anarchy, a person aimed to achieve “voluntary communism.”

Anarchists achieve this by internally destroying their recognition of morals and hierarchy—breaking the bonds of morality and order at all stages of the divine hierarchy, through which natural order was believed to extend from heaven, down through the layers of human society and into a person’s own systems of personal restraint.

Chaos operations fit deeply into this system. Chaos is not only the state of moral and social desolation that both communism and anarchy aim to achieve, but also a state of destabilization that allows a subversive movement to implement a new system.

In the “Dao De Jing,” Lao Tzu wrote of chaos as something that emerges from the loss of the Tao, virtue, benevolence, righteousness, and etiquette.

Lao Tzu wrote, “The Tao is lost, and then virtue; Virtue is lost, and then benevolence; Benevolence is lost, and then righteousness; Righteousness is lost, and then etiquette; Those who have etiquette are a thin shell of loyalty and sincerity; And the beginning of chaos ...”

The destruction of these values is a goal that communism promotes. Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote in the “Communist Manifesto” that “communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality.”

Chaos is a state in which all order has been overthrown and all structures destroyed. We can look to the Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C.–A.D. 17/18) and his book, “Metamorphoses,” for a deeper understanding of this concept.

In “Metamorphoses,” Ovid describes chaos as “a shapeless uncoordinated mass, nothing but a weight of lifeless matter, whose ill-sorted elements were indiscriminately heaped together in one place.”

Ovid then explains the creation story, that a god separated heaven from earth, soil from water, and so on, to bring the world out of chaos. Water was joined to create oceans, wood was gathered into forests, and human hearts were given laws, standards, and forms of culture to maintain divine order in the world.

This principle ties into a key concept of subversion: that from chaos, a new order can be created. Communist subversion holds that society must first be destabilized and brought to a state of crisis before it can be “normalized” under the new system.

When rule of law is made unjust through subversion, and when institutions are rendered nonfunctional through subversion, people naturally support a restructuring of these systems; and groups interested in reshaping societies according to their views use chaos operations to create a social situation that allows for this type of re-creation.

In the same way, this is done against individuals, under the principles of personal anarchy and “voluntary communism,” or through direct communist movements meant to destroy culture and morality, such as the Cultural Revolution of the Chinese Communist Party.

It is also a Satanic principle, that human morality usually can’t be destroyed all at once, so values must be destroyed piece by piece through Faustian temptation, dragging humanity down step by step. In the story of “Faust,” we see that the devil Mephistopheles brought down Faust first by small temptations, then by large ones.

We also see this in Dante’s depiction of the adulterers Lancelot and Guinevere in “The Divine Comedy,” who told him their downfall began with a kiss.

In this same vein, communism is created step-by-step through the gradual destruction of traditional culture and moral values through its various social movements. Communist systems attack a handful of traditional beliefs or moral concepts at a time, and through manufactured chaos and social instability, it aims to destroy the institutions that once existed so that it can re-create society according to what it wants.

This also relates to Marx’s theory of the five stages of civilization, which we can understand more deeply through Thomas Cole’s “The Course of Empires.” These are believed to be the “savage world,” the “pastoral,” the “consummate empire,” “destruction,” and “desolation.”

Marx called the consummate empire “capitalism,” the state of destruction “socialism,” and desolation “communism.” The idea was that in the state of communist desolation, all morals, traditions, beliefs, institutions, hierarchy, and values would have been destroyed. The goal of communism is the destruction of humanity.

From this perspective, the idea of communist movements is to accelerate the downfall of society—to advance it more rapidly toward the state of desolation, in which humankind is devoid of the values that maintain social and moral harmony.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Maxine Waters’s political title. Maxine Waters is a U.S. representative. The Epoch Times regrets the mistake.
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
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