The United States has been subverted by people who believe in the failed ideologies of communism, socialism, and Marxism. America’s experiment in self-governance—with state power constrained by the well-crafted limits of our Constitution—is under direct threat from people who want to “deconstruct” our nation and replace it with a collectivist system of governance.
Many of the 1960s-era adherents to collectivist ideas have infiltrated our government, churches, and a multitude of other institutions, meaning these destructive philosophies have penetrated deep within our country and will be difficult to root out. Many of these radicals are also embedded within the education system, indoctrinating American children.
These people are America’s enemies. But trying to counter subversive efforts without a full understanding of your enemy is a fool’s errand. I recently interviewed The Epoch Times’ Joshua Philipp, an award-winning investigative journalist and an expert on communism, socialism, and Marxism, to determine how the United States might reorient itself toward mounting an effective defense against the proliferation of these destructive ideas.
One of the least effective ways to discuss communism, socialism, and Marxism is to argue against the economic outcomes and human suffering that inevitably follows the adoption of these systems.
“Your average socialist doesn’t care that it doesn’t work economically. Your average socialist doesn’t care that it’s going to uproot the family system and destroy family order,” Philipp said. “They believe that their end goals are so righteous that killing a few people along the way is worth it for the sake of accomplishing what they hope to create.”
Frequently cited in arguments against collectivist systems are the hundreds of millions of people killed by leaders such as Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Kim Il-sung, and Mao Zedong. But, “real socialists and communists don’t even bat an eye to it,” Philipp said.
While he believes that the numbers of people murdered by communists should be part of this conversation, he also thinks that in order to persuade people against these philosophies, opponents of collectivism must address the roots of these ideas.
Religion and Natural Order
Karl Marx stood in strong opposition to religion. Though he had been a Christian in his youth, the timeless question that turned him away (and that he used to recruit people into a socialist mindset and the communal communist order) was essentially: If God is righteous, and if everything is created by God, then why does evil exist?
“If God created all things, and evil exists, then he must have created evil. That was the theory,” Philipp said. “And then they believe, well, if he created evil, then he must not be totally good. And therefore, he must not be the true, perfect image.”
For millennia, this has been a part of theological and philosophical debates, with religious scholars arguing that evil isn’t God’s creation, but the absence of God. Evil exists because man has free will, so people can choose to do good or evil. But, according to Philipp, what communists and utopians have sought to do is essentially try to eliminate evil from the world, as they see it.
Certain questions naturally follow: How do you prevent people from doing bad things? How do you prevent greed? How do you prevent people from doing things you don’t want them to do?
“You have to destroy the natural order. And so they looked to create systems that could dictate to a very specific degree all elements of free will; that was one side of it,” he said. “That was always the downfall of utopians.”
Communists believe in the destruction of all previous institutions, including religious institutions. They believe in rebelling against God, whom they see as imperfect. Therefore, communism cannot coexist with the church. Communist ideology suggests that in order to perfect society, “you need to remove God from human morality, you need to remove God from human art, you need to remove God from architecture, and from our family structures, and from the way we shape our lives,” Philipp said.
One of the preexisting ideas that was brought into Marxism was that of the “negation of the negation,” which basically means that through the destruction of an existing institution, a more highly evolved system will emerge. For example, the chicken is born through the negation of the egg, the plant is born through the negation of the seed, a higher institution can be born through the negation of an existing institution. This would mean that by destroying institutions, a higher state of human evolution can be induced.
So they must challenge the church, challenge tradition, challenge belief, create antithesis—the opposite of what is.
“Marxism did the same thing under what they call ‘dialectical materialism,’” Philipp said, which is where you intentionally create inversion. You identify important cultural systems of that society and create the antithesis of that.
“So, you promote divorce, you promote feminism, you need to find ways to break up the family,” he said. “You need to look at the ways of doing it, and then develop social movements to argue against whatever the existing institution is.
“If you want to destroy religion, you need to promote atheism. [If you] want to destroy the family, you need to promote feminism, promote divorce, promote the taking away of children by the government.”
The Way Forward
We don’t need to look too closely to see the ways in which communists, socialists, and Marxists have infiltrated the United States and other countries. Communists infiltrated U.S. churches in the early 20th century. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has penetrated U.S. schools. They’ve seized influence in U.S. companies and within our government.
Notably, their presence is visible in the authoritarian policies born from the pandemic response: the capricious, autocratic mandates; the brutal repression of people marching in the streets demanding the government’s boot off of their necks and a return to normalcy; actions by members of groups such as the U.N. and the World Economic Forum who decry a return to normalcy, while pushing a global centralization of power.
For freedom-loving individuals, once you understand the goals of communists, socialists, and Marxists, you can’t cede any ground to them. There’s absolutely no capitulating, no negotiating, and no meeting halfway.
“Every time they make a moral argument, and you say, ‘Okay, I want to be reasonable here, I’ll concede half the ground to you,’ society loses half its morals, society loses half its beliefs,” Philipp said. “Every time they do this, and they continue doing it, they force people to acknowledge it. And every time they do this, every time people give ground, they give up half their values.”
All supporters of individual liberty, freedom, and human rights must unite to confront the destructive forces attempting to take over. Americans must use all nonviolent means available to deliver an immense repudiation of authoritarian systems of governance.
The battle isn’t unwinnable. There are only a few thousand politicians, bureaucrats, and corporate executives. There are more than 333 million U.S. citizens. Who really holds the power in this country?
If government schools enforce Draconian mandates or teach lessons that indoctrinate your kids with communism, socialism, or Marxism, then send your kids to private school or homeschool them. If businesses enforce unconstitutional mandates, stop spending your money there—put them out of business. If airlines enforce authoritarian policies or mandates, stop flying with them. If your place of employment is caving to authoritarianism, team up with like-minded employees and say no.
“You do not give an inch. You don’t sacrifice even a single morsel of your system of values. You don’t give in even a drop. You don’t play their games. You don’t talk within the boundaries of their arguments,” Philipp said. “You don’t even engage with them, in terms of giving any ground on anything. If they want to call you names for it, so be it. If they want to attack you, so be it. You do not sacrifice an inch.”
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.