Leftism as Substitute Religion

Friday, February 3, AD 2017

 

The howls of incoherent fury with which much of the left has greeted the advent of the Trump administration seems quite strange until we recall that leftism is essentially not a political movement for many of its adherents but rather a substitute for religion.  John Daniel Davidson at The Federalist understands this:

 

The consternation and outrage we’ve seen in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration has little to do with the policy as such. Restricting immigration from certain countries is nothing new; President Obama did it, as did presidents Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Reagan.

Rather, it has everything to do with the elevation of progressive politics to the status of a religion—a dogmatic and intolerant religion, whose practitioners are now experiencing a crisis of faith.

Forget the executive order itself. Progressives have reacted with moral indignation and hysteria to everything Trump has done since taking office. His inauguration was enough to bring out hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country. In the 12 days since then, we have witnessed yet more demonstrations, boycotts, calls for “resistance,” comparisons to the Holocaust, media witch-hunts, the politicization of everything from Hollywood awards shows to professional sports, and real tears from New York Sen.Chuck Schumer.

One is hard-pressed to think of something Trump could do that would not elicit howls of outrage from the Left. On Tuesday, Senate Democrats boycotted confirmation hearings for Steven Mnuchin’s nomination to serve as treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price’s nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services, while continuing to try to block the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for education secretary and Sen. Jeff Session for attorney general. Even before Trump announced his Supreme Court pick on Tuesday night, Democrats had already announced they would filibuster the nomination, no matter who it was.

The obstinacy of Senate Democrats reflects the mood of their progressive base, whose panicked anger is the natural reaction of those for whom politics has become an article of faith. Progressives, as the terms implies, believe society must always be progressing toward something better. Always forward, never backwards. After eight years of Obama, they believed progressive politics in America would forever be on an upward trajectory.

The Left Has Been Moralizing Politics For A Long Time

Trump shook that faith. But his election also unmasked the degree to which progressivism as a political project is based not on science or rationality, or even sound policy, but on faith in the power of government to ameliorate and eventually perfect society. All the protests and denunciations of Trump serve not just as an outlet for progressives’ despair, but the chance to signal their moral virtue through collective outrage and moral preening—something that wasn’t really possible under Obama, at least not to this degree.

Not that they didn’t try. Recall that during the Obamacare debate in 2009 Ezra Klein suggested that Sen. Joe Lieberman was “willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in order to settle an old electoral score,” simply because he threatened to filibuster what would become the Affordable Care Act. This is the language of political fundamentalism—policy invested with the certainty of religious conviction.

Religious fundamentalism of course rests on immutable truths that cannot be negotiated. For Klein, that meant health care reform. The same rhetoric—“willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people”—would crop up again and again during Obama’s tenure, every time a Republican governor refused to expand Medicaid or a state attorney general challenged an EPA regulation meant to curb climate change. Policy debates took on a theological significance.

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  • Why was this woman on the plane in the first place? Was her broom in the shop for repairs?

  • In my years at the Indan Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant, we saw this phenomenon manifest itself in the anti-nuclear protests outside the main gate. It’s eco-wackism, enviro-nazism, pagan worship of goddess Gaia, fundamentalist secularism, godless humanism, etc. One time I had an opportunity to talk to one of these people, a really smart and successful corporate laywer in Manhattan who lived on Long island and supported Mario Cuomo’s shutdown of the Shoreham nucllear power plant (his son Andy is now shutting down my Alma Mater of 18 years, Indian Point – I hate the Democratic Party!). I was able (in my example above) to bring him through all the safey features of the nuclear power plant, how reactor protection and engineering safeguards work, the physics of how the core shuts itself down on a power excursion, the methods employed in storing used nuclear fuel and plans for reprocessing, how we obviate plutonium proliferation – and on and on and on. He was very intelligent and understood every single little point – even the idea of radiation hormesis: that a little bit over a long time is good for you and a whole lot at one time bad. But the conclusion – nuclear is safer than natural gas and even wind – he rejected. It did not matter what the facts said. His religion – eco-wacko progressivism – said otherwise. To him Cuomo was right to shut Shoreham down even though electric rates on Long Island where he lived skyrocketed and natural gas spinning reserve makeup for low capacity factor wind pollutes the air. In his view we were hurting goddess Gaia by splitting atoms.
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    Folks, these people are nuts. They are freaking idiots. You cannot argue with them. You cannot reason with them. The time for debate and dialogue is long over. And when that happens, then society is in big, big trouble. God have mercy on us all.

  • Substitute religion or demonic possession? Seriously.

  • I wonder if this “progressivism-as-religion” model is an explanation for the left’s
    cozying-up to islam we’re starting to see. Each is helping the other wage its jihad.

    We’re seeing CAIR/Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood/Nation of Islam/BDS crop up more
    and more in partnership with Democrats. Hillary’s Huma Abedin has a Muslim Brotherhood
    background. Rep. Ellison has ties with CAIR, Nation of Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood,
    and a history of anti-semitic statements –yet he’s a contender for Chair of the DNC.
    Bernie Saunders and Sen. Schumer, both Jewish men, have endorsed him for the position
    despite his well-documented anti-semitic and anti-Israel history. Linda Sarsour, a pro-
    islam activist with ties to Hamas is an outspoken advocate of the implementation of
    sharia in the US and yet she was recruited to chair the recent DC “Women’s March”.

    Politics is making some strange bedfellows indeed. The adherents of the progressive’s
    cult are apologists for islamic terror at home and abroad, give an assist in undermining
    Israel and normalize anti-semitism, insist that islam is a “religion of peace” despite all
    evidence to the contrary, and demand ever-increasing importation of muslims from
    various terrorism-riddled states. The adherents of islam, in return, are throwing their
    considerable financial and organizational backing to the progressive’s cult. They’re
    no strangers to staging violent protests, and I’m guessing they’re useful when the
    left wants a riot to break out. (We’ve seen no shortage of those recently). I’m also
    guessing that the considerable sums CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk
    receive from their Middle East sponsors is most welcome in DNC circles…

    The two cults will be bedfellows for as long as each can help the other to gather
    power. Yet their ends are very, very different. The islamist’s beliefs about the
    role of women, the treatment of homosexuals, etc. — indeed, the very existence of
    human rights or the desirability of democracy in general — mean that the inevitable
    divorce between those two cults will be messy, messy indeed.

  • The world is round, spins on its axis and goes around and what goes around comes around. The Progressives will find themselves in the same place that they started. Now, that will cause an uproar as we are seeing.

  • Re: LQC

    LQC has got it right. Liberals are crazy, irrational, whatever. Why is that? They believe that Man can take care of himself without obedience to God. God punishes them by making them partially irrational so that their emotions and incorrect assumptions control them, e.g., tower of Babel, Nancy Pelosi, most Democrats, some of my kids.

  • LQC has got it right. Liberals are crazy, irrational, whatever. Why is that? They believe that Man can take care of himself without obedience to God. God punishes them by making them partially irrational so that their emotions and incorrect assumptions control them, e.g., tower of Babel, Nancy Pelosi, most Democrats, some of my kids.

  • “[T]he chance to signal their moral virtue through collective outrage and moral preening”

    As Hegel said of the French Revolution and its Politics of Virtue:-

    “Virtue is here a simple abstract principle and distinguishes the citizens into two classes only—those who are favourably disposed and those who are not. But disposition can only be recognized and judged of by disposition. Suspicion therefore is in the ascendant; but virtue, as soon as it becomes liable to suspicion, is already condemned . . . . Robespierre set up the principle of virtue as supreme, and it may be said that with this man virtue was an earnest matter. Virtue and Terror are the order of the day; for Subjective Virtue, whose sway is based on disposition only, brings with it the most fearful tyranny. It exercises its power without legal formalities, and the punishment it inflicts is equally simple—Death”

    What do they want, who want neither Virtue not Terror?” asked Saint-Just, “They want corruption” and Saint-Just was the man who believed he knew how to deal with them.

  • I think there is something diabolic about the Left with its fixation on abortion and hatred for Judeo-Christian values and Western Civilization. They are attracted to Islam in some perverse enemy of my enemy sentiment. It is an epidemic of soul-sickness. It is charitable to assume that few of them realize what they are about but the vacuum of their ignorance is filled with indoctrination. First we lost the schools.

  • Your article brings to mind a very specific prophesy in the Bible that refers to the topic you raise. St. Paul, just after calming his readers about any need to worry that the “day of the Lord is at hand” (2 Thess 2:2) goes on to speak of a mass “apostasy” (i.e., loss of faith, apostasia in the original Greek) and the revelation of the “lawless one” who “opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship … claiming that he is a god [the rise of contemporary atheism and nihilism].” “And now you know what is restraining [the papacy?], that he may be revealed … whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth [i.e. the Holy Spirit] by the manifestation of his coming” (2 Thess 2: 3-8). St. Paul even gives the reason that this would take place: “they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved” (2 Thess 2: 10). This diabolical dimension explains the fury and Pharisaical self-righteousness of the left. They are under the spell of the Father of Lies who hides behind expressions like “mercy killing” to obfuscate the truth.

  • It is truly said that when one ceases to believe in God, one will believe in anything. You need only look at today’s left wing crazies to see the truth in this demonstrated.

Ignorance as Brave New World

Tuesday, April 26, AD 2016

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Much of leftist politics today consists of leftists stating that what is manifestly not true must be believed with a religious fervor that would put to shame most Trappist monks.  Dave Griffey at his blog Daffey Thoughts reminds us of the essential element in all this:

Thinly disguised as offended PC sensitivity warriors.  John C. Wright does the take down here.  Yep.  I’ve said already that much of the modern Left is about convincing us that 2+2=4 is hate speech, must be punished, and those who insist on resisting the new math are the baddies.

Why?  Because if you want to follow the basic trend of most Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment era revolutions by setting up a Despotic government where liberty and Utopia were promised, and furthermore want to do so in a nation that was the capstone of 2500 years of a long, agonizing march toward freedom and liberty, you have to make the population stupid enough to declare that 2+2=4 is the most evil, hateful thing imaginable and it’s good that we finally have laws that will punish those who insist on saying 2+2=4.

Much of what Mr. Wright says is, of course, spot on.  The idea that PC Warriors demand courtesy when they provide none, they demand respect when the provide the polar opposite to the traditions and beliefs they hate, and demand tolerance for their eradication of tolerance and diverse opinions, should be the neon warning signs for a generation.

It’s a testimony to our education systems, our entertainment industry and our media that so many Americans are ready to rewrite the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and even the entire notion of a Bill of Rights because we’ve been told it could be hateful to say men can’t have babies.  It takes one stupid nation for that to happen.  Or it takes a nation that is the product of the last 50 years of concerted effort on the part of those same educational, entertainment and media industries to be that stupid.

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  • Truth is so bothersome…..

  • Ignorance is all they have. They cultivate in the public schools and universities. Only ignorance can explain (they stink he did well) eight years of Obama, and then Hillary or Trump. Welcome to the Idiocracy.

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    The latest lunacy: 0.01% of the US male population is so freaking sick as want to pee in the Women’s Room, and you are a bigot, and your city/state will be boycotted, if you oppose it. I have a granddaughter and I don’t need to worry about her going in a latrine with one of 750,000 registered sexual predators.

  • I agree with this post. Not only is liberalism ignorant and stupid, but it is sinful as well. Sin makes one stupid.

  • The Law Of Merited Impossibility is an epistemological construct governing the paradoxical way overclass opinion makers frame the discourse about the clash between religious liberty and LGBT civil rights. It is best summed up by the phrase, “It’s a complete absurdity to believe that traditional Christians and other conservatives will suffer a single thing from the expansion of LGBT rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.”

  • Thanks Don. Right on. I experience this everyday with some of my kids, e.g., speaking the truth is to be a hater.

    Good book on this subject which I’m now reading is: ‘The Snapping of the American Mind’ by David Kupelian. And, of course, one you recommended before: “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace” by Michael Walsh.

  • It isn’t just the problem of ignorance but also OUR widespread acceptance of ignorance. Sometimes we might think we can ignore the idiocy and find some respite from the tumult . But, no. We can already judge by its fruits – ignorance is not bliss, and the idea of going along with the unwise… for the sake of short/order peace is just an early surrender

Google Celebrates Their Religion

Sunday, March 31, AD 2013

Ed Driscol notes that Google has a predictable manner of observing Easter.  Ironic, since whatever else you could say about Cesar Chavez he was a devout Catholic:

 

“While two billion Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday on this 31st day of March, Google is using its famous ‘Doodle’ search logo art to mark the birth of left-wing labor leader,” Twitchy.com notes, adding that “Google’s Easter insult sparks Twitter backlash, mockery,” as well it should.

 

The timing of latest in-your-face politically correct homepage is oddly appropriate. As Dennis Prager has written, “You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion,” and one with its own sources of mythology. Back in 2006 at Tech Central Station, Lee Harris described French Marxist Georges Sorel (1847-1922), and the concept of the Sorelian Myth:

Sorel, for whom religion was important, drew a comparison between the Christian and the socialist revolutionary. The Christian’s life is transformed because he accepts the myth that Christ will one day return and usher in the end of time; the revolutionary socialist’s life is transformed because he accepts the myth that one day socialism will triumph, and justice for all will prevail. What mattered for Sorel, in both cases, is not the scientific truth or falsity of the myth believed in, but what believing in the myth does to the lives of those who have accepted it, and who refuse to be daunted by the repeated failure of their apocalyptic expectations. How many times have Christians in the last two thousand years been convinced that the Second Coming was at hand, only to be bitterly disappointed — yet none of these disappointments was ever enough to keep them from holding on to their great myth. So, too, Sorel argued, the myth of socialism will continue to have power, despite the various failures of socialist experiments, so long as there are revolutionaries who are unwilling to relinquish their great myth. That is why he rejected scientific socialism — if it was merely science, it lacked the power of a religion to change individual’s lives. Thus for Sorel there was “an…analogy between religion and the revolutionary Socialism which aims at the apprenticeship, preparation, and even the reconstruction of the individual — a gigantic task.”

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  • “..believing in the myth has done to those who have accepted it, and who refuse to be daunted by the repeated failure of their apocalyptic expectations.”

    Sorel’s comparison is poetic.

    Conversions are life changing! Amazing grace is just that, amazing. Thirteen years and I am still in awe of Gods Love. Thirteen years ago was my return home to my fathers house. Leaving behind the pig’s food for a welcome home celebration that still today leaves me breathless to ponder it.
    Was once lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.
    Happy Easter everyone at TAC, and thanks for being kind and showing patience with me.

  • Happy Easter Philip. Personally, I have always found myself in great need of the kindness and patience of those around me.

  • *faint smile* I think it’s bad for ’em, but I’d be more worried if they did have, oh, flowers and eggs and fluffy bunnies as the doodle. Flatly ignoring Easter does far less harm than trying to make it all about candy, at least at this point.

    (Not that my family is going to lack for candy. At all. The girls are a little loose on what we’re celebrating, but that’s because they’re not sure what “death” is.)

  • It doesn’t have any thing to so with Easter. It’s Cesar Chavez day, a state holiday in at least three states.
    do your homework, before you start writing propaganda.

  • Reading comprehension skills pretty low on your priority list, eh nreyn?

  • Mac,

    Wishing you and all a blessed and joyous Easter!

    Thank God for small mercies.

    Coincidentally, March 31 could be liberal saint and mass murderer Che’s birthday that Google (stinks) commemorated.

    Google stinks. It 24/7 celebrates liberals’ (synonymous with imbeciles) true religion.

    Apparently, some believe C. Chavez died for their sins.

    Forgive all injuries.

    Forgive all injuries.

    Forgive all . . .

  • One would not complain if Nero or Stalin forgot to send Christmas cards. It’s expected. This does not surprise me. At this point, the only thing I expect from our supposed corporate and government leaders is a slap in the face. Christ told us to expect this. Now it’s here. Yes, the slap in the face still stings, but so does their hand. Our wounds will be healed. Theirs? Not so much unless, and we can always hope, they convert, repent, and amend their lives.

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  • “Wishing you and all a blessed and joyous Easter!”

    Same to you and yours T.Shaw!

  • “And Chavez died and rose from the dead, so that all wages may be risen…”

  • “…said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Then Cesar Chavez said to her, “I know nothing, I’m just the gardener.”

    Happy Easter to everyone at TAC! 50 day celebration!!

  • I’m mreminded of a blog someone posted about Dostoevsky’s socialism. it was a Christian vision which he held, and one that could only find realization in the kingdom of God. All other types depend on human effort and are doomed to ultimate failure.

  • “Happy Easter to everyone at TAC! 50 day celebration!!”

    Happy Easter Larry!

  • Bing has WAY cooler images on its home page anyway (today’s picture was of dozens of brightly colored Ukrainian Easter eggs) 🙂

  • Wow! Elaine, that is was a really cool picture on Bing.

  • I definitely found Google’s Doodle for yesterday a bit jarring. After all, with Easter’s changing date, and Chavez’s birthday hardly being a landmark one this year (86 is not one of the biggies after you are dead… if it had been 85, 90, 100 etc, that might excuse it a bit), it definitely seemed more like a deliberate snub to Western Christians.

    Honestly I expect Google’s approach to Easter is the tack that the media will take in the future. Ignore it… and possibly counter program with secular feasts.

  • Easter is not in Google Calendar — I had to write it in myself. In fairness, there’s no Hanukkah or Ramadan either. There’s New Year’s, MLK Jr Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, St. Pat’s, April Fools’, TAX DAY, EARTH DAY, Cinco de Mayo (really? They thought people would forget when it is?), Mothers’ Day, Memorial Day, JFK’s birthday, Fathers’ Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Leftism as a Religion

Friday, November 30, AD 2012

Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,

2 Timothy 3:2

 

Dennis Praeger has a brilliant post up at National Review Online in which he describes leftism as a subsitute religion:

Within mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism, the same dominance of leftist values exists. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — not to mention the Notre Dame faculty — largely holds the same social and economic views as the Democratic party and the New York Times editorial page, though it differs with the Left with regard to same-sex marriage, abortion, and religious-freedom issues such as those pertaining to Catholic hospitals and government-funded contraception. As for mainstream Protestant denominations, they, too, are largely indistinguishable from leftism. Proof? Ask a liberal Protestant minister to name one important area in which he and leftism differ. Ask a liberal Reform or Conservative rabbi the same question. Their silence will be telling.

 

The truth is that the Left has been far more successful in converting Jews and Christians to leftism than Christianity and Judaism have been in influencing leftists to convert to Christianity or Judaism.

Finally, leftism has even attained considerable success at undoing the central American values of Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum, supplanting liberty with egalitarianism, a God-based society with secularism, and E Pluribus Unum with multiculturalism. (I make this case at length in Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.)

This triumph of the 20th century’s most dynamic religion — leftism — is why, even in the midst of an ongoing recession, the leftist candidate may win. As I wrote in my last column, it’s not just the economy, stupid.

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  • “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops…differs with the Left with regard to same-sex marriage, abortion, and religious-freedom issues such as those pertaining to Catholic hospitals and government-funded contraception.”

    Though, unfortunately, not all in the USCCB. Having been in a diaconate program in the past, I dealt with a number who don’t disagree with the left on these matters.

  • In Europe, the New Right have their own diagnosis. For them, liberalism “represents a secularization of ideas and perspectives borrowed from Christian metaphysics, which spread into secular life following a rejection of any transcendent dimension. Actually, one finds in Christianity the seeds of the great mutations that gave birth to the secular ideologies of the first post-revolutionary era. Individualism was already present in the notion of individual salvation and of an intimate and privileged relation between an individual and God that surpasses any relation on earth. Egalitarianism is rooted in the idea that redemption is equally available to all mankind, since all are endowed with an individual soul whose absolute value is shared by all humanity. Progressivism is born of the idea that history has an absolute beginning and a necessary end, and that it unfolds globally according to a divine plan. Finally, universalism is the natural expression of a religion that claims to manifest a revealed truth which, valid for all men, summons them to conversion. Modern political life itself is founded on secularized theological concepts. Reduced to an opinion among others, today Christianity has unwittingly become the victim of the movement it started. In the history of the West, it became the religion of the way out of religion.” [Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier]

    In positing nationalism against universalism, the organic, corporate state against individualism, hierarchy against egalitarianism and social order against economic growth, they regard Christianity as part of the problem, rather than the solution.

    Of course, their picture of Christianity is a caricature, but too many modern Christians lend credence to it.

  • Romans 1:25: “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”

  • All one needed to do was consider the environmentalist movement for about five seconds to realize it just swipes the Christian narrative of Guilt and Redemption and repackages it with human-centered stupidity.

  • On top of all that, the religion of leftism has made significant inroads into other religious circles, especially Catholic circles. Just look at the statements of our bishops on issues dealing with poverty, immigration, war and peace. and capitail punishment. They are not only leftist, but reflexively leftist.

  • Who can dispute Dennis Praeger?. Take for example the Roman Catholic church. What can be said encouraging about a religion where 75 percent who say they are Catholic no longer believe in the Real Presence, the preeminent doctrine of faith. Consider the serious scandal they have caused by helping elect a president at the farthest left position in the political spectrum. They have become apostate and are in danger of losing salvation by endorsing abortion and other abominations. they are American traitors that have sold out our Christian nation to paganism.

    A PAGAN NATION?

    Has it finally come to an ignominious end?
    Must liberty and religious freedom we now rescind?
    Our Founding Fathers must now be assuredly aghast,
    if they knew their City on a Hill is now in the past.

    America was a definitive faith exercise.
    The United States is now decidedly otherwise.
    Compromise between good and evil can never prevail.
    Without the God our nation trusted, life is no avail.

    The Declaration of Independence we could once trust.
    Life, liberty, and happiness have been overcome with lust.
    Seeds of democracy’s destruction have now germinated.
    Every phase of government has been permeated.

    The American dream is now only a socialist scheme.
    It has then become a nightmare we can only blaspheme.
    American traitors committed a scandalous sin.
    They should never be allowed to enjoy freedom again.

    We must resurrect revolution to save us once more.
    Tyranny is something we have always known to deplore.
    God help return religious freedom to our native shore.
    So we can ask You to bless America evermore.

    Bob Rowland
    X1/XII/MMXII

  • religion- “blest be the ties that bind our hearts in Christian love” A big difference between the phantasm religion of the secularist, environmentalist , feminists–the ones who are not basically Judeo Christian– is the Love part. All the political, environmental, social concerns of the left could be Christian, could be based on LOVE but they are not.
    God is LOVE the parallel religion on the left is not about LOVE , but about self. Not to be holier than thou, we have to recognize that we are all tempted to SELF and try and trust with the aid of grace to overcome our selfishness…

    MPS said “Finally, universalism is the natural expression of a religion that claims to manifest a revealed truth which, valid for all men, summons them to conversion. ” Conversion to Truth, to Love (which unites, does not divide.
    Rue the “unexpected consequences” of selfish thinking put in religious /philosophical terms … protestantism and what we today call the “left” is ancient really

  • Romans 1:28-32

    28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. 29 They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.

  • [Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier] In positing nationalism against universalism, the organic, corporate state against individualism, hierarchy against egalitarianism and social order against economic growth, they regard Christianity as part of the problem, rather than the solution.

    OK. Does M. de Benoist have any analogue among either working politicians or academics? The fellow you descrobe appears to occupy the same position vis-a-vis French public life that Thomas Woods does vis a vis American public life: a writer who engages a circle of hobbyists.

  • I don’t believe leftism is a religion to its adherents, or else they would do a
    better job of following its supposed tenets. I think we can all agree that leftists
    give lip service to a love of ‘tolerance’ but have little tolerance for views that
    disagree with their own. ‘Respect for diversity’ does not seem to include respect
    for anything they deem politically incorrect.

    And what about their self-proclaimed concern for the poor? Several years ago,
    Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse, came out with the study Who Really
    Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism
    . In it,
    he noted that liberal-identifying families averaged 6% more in annual income
    than conservatives, but the conservative-identifying families donated 30% more
    to charity. Conservatives also reported donating more time and gave more
    blood.

    Comparing the tax returns of our politicians seems to bear this out. When
    running for president in 2008, Obama released his returns for 2000-2006, and
    they showed that he and Michelle donated about 1% of their income to charity
    each year. The McCains gave 18% in ’06, and Mitt Romney’s latest tax return
    released showed his family giving close to 30%, I believe. Vice President Cheney
    was caricatured as a heartless bastard by the left, but in 2006 he and his wife
    gave 3/4 of their annual income– about $7 million to medical research and
    to a a charity for low-income high school students in the DC area. The Bidens,
    on the other hand, gave about 2% of their income.

    If leftism isn’t a religion to its adherents, then what is it? I think it’s a sports
    team. The lefties identify with their guys, chant their slogans, rough up the
    opposing fans– but at the end of the day, rooting for their team isn’t going to
    affect how they live their lives.

  • New Right arguments and positions are influential in the Front National in France, the Freedom Party in Austria and Vlaams Belang in Belgium. It shares links with other groups, like Forza Nuova in Italy and Neue Rechte in Germany. Some of their positions can be found in the mainstream Right (UMP) in France

    Its views on the historic link between Christianity and Liberalism have also been taken up on the Left by people like Slavoj Zizek and Eric Hazan.

    In Europe, Benoist’s influence (although not his policies) has been compared to that of Paul Weyrich in the United States.

  • The late Mr. Weyrich ran a fundraising and training operation. He published little and published nothing in the realm of social theory or intellectual history. Are you sure you have not confused him with Paul Gottfried (who is influential only in a narrow circle and an unpleasant sort to boot)?

  • I was thinking more of Benoist’s way of buliding up networks of people, including intellectuals and donors.

    Another feature he shares with Weyrich is his linking in to religious groups, in Benoist’s case Rosicrucians, Anthroposohists, Neo-pagans, occultists like Thomas Karlsson and Massimo Scaligero &c He is an admirer of Julius Evola.

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