JAMES NIILER | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In church this past Sunday, I heard the following reading from the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel:
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” (Ezekiel 37:1-3, ESV)
One cannot help but draw a comparison between Ezekiel’s vision, which pertained to ancient Israel, and the state of our Nation today. Our society is dying, as it is besieged from both inside and out. We live in a “culture of death,” as the late Pope John Paul II once said. The migrant crisis, plummeting birthrate and breakdown of the family is evidence of this culture at work.
Igor Shafarevich, who died in February, was a brilliant Soviet mathematician, historian and political dissident. His most famous work, “The Socialist Phenomenon,” describes the ancient ideology and practice of socialism: from its beginnings in ancient Egypt, China and Mesopotamia, all the way to the present.
The socialism Shafarevich describes is not the pretty welfare-state ‘socialism’ of the Nordic countries. Rather, according to Shafarevich, socialism is ultimately a manifestation of a deep-seated psychological need to immolate, to die, to self-destruct. Socialism, besides being the most effective means for organizing large masses of people, is literally a religion that worships death.
This should be obvious to any student of history. Between the Bolshevik Revolution, Ukrainian Holodomor and reign of Joseph Stalin, Soviet Russia killed up to 30 million of its own people. National Socialist Germany killed twelve million. The two Powers together began a war that exterminated sixty million of the Earth’s population.
Chairman Mao Zedong, once the ruler of Red China, fantasized about the death of his countrymen. His régime killed 60 million Chinese.
More recently, we need only look to the example of Venezuela to encounter the desperation and death socialism wreaks. In America itself, following the quasi-Marxist Obama Presidency, we now are witness to an epidemic of middle-aged whites literally dying of despair.
Even more ominously, since the advent of the welfare state in America and the ‘sexual liberation’ brought about by cultural Marxism, nearly 60 million American children have perished in the womb.
One might claim the answer to this ‘problem of socialism’ would be to encourage the reign of capitalism. But that ultimately is no better than socialism itself, for socialism is more than just an economic ideology.
While capitalism is indeed more ‘workable’ than socialism, it is ultimately a materialistic philosophy that will not satisfy mankind’s deepest needs, or preserve them from physical and spiritual death.
Furthermore, most leading capitalists today are socialists at heart. Just as Karl Marx fantasized, they desire the dissolution of the world’s national borders, while they promote degeneracy, eugenics and abortion to their consumers.
If capitalism will not save us, what will? There is one solution, and that is Christianity.
The abandonment of our religion of life has allowed the evils of the Left to permeate our society. The worship of God has been replaced by the worship of the State, and the worship of the State is tantamount to worship of Satan.
It is time for our society to return to God, the giver of eternal life, and abandon the false gods of diversity, equality and socialism. For if we do, our society will be renewed and resurrected; we will save not only ourselves, but our civilization from certain destruction.
Shafarevich closed his work by positing that mankind had a choice: between freedom and socialism, between life and death. Let us together reject socialism and its culture of death, and instead choose life.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:4-6, ESV)