Christ Figure On the Left -- Karl Marx

Christ Figure On the Left -- Karl Marx

In this piece Zig debunks another distortion of history and common sense.  The quick point can be seen as this: Jesus was not, and is not a liberal.  But Karl Marx is. Karl Marx is also left-winger.  So in fairness left-wingers can pray to Marx and quit begging and mandatorily making everyone to pray to their Idol.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Normally I don’t like to get into super-duper political discussions that can quickly get out of hand.  Normally I’d prefer to talk about things like marriage and love -- but today’s a little different.
It’s different for this reason -- it’s about time that the public acknowledges religion has not gone away -- it’s just taken on a different form, especially on the left wing.

Which is fine, really it is.  But it seems like the left is in a little bit of a contradiction -- they should either be honest atheists -- many aren’t -- or they should attend church -- none do.

Which again is fine -- if you appreciate weird, and perhaps even unnecessary, contradictions in our day to social interactions.

As for me -- I can’t stand contradictions and I have no use for them (like German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once did in order to permanently dispel skepticism -- which I personally am quite fond of).  

Regardless, I digress.  What to do is this:

For the sake of our discussion I want to clarify the left’s relationship to religion in order to prove that they are as religious as any alleged “right” winger.

So let’s start with this:

Karl Marx is the left’s version of Jesus Christ.  And he died sacrificing the well being of his impoverished family to write about his religious “Revolution”.

Today he is most popularly known for his devotional work The Communist Manifesto.  

And the academics, historically, have been content playing their faithful little parts.

Not as revolutionaries.

Not even as a proletariat who are capable of creating surplus value.

But as zealots.

For the true history of the left is a history of violence and gore driven by the mad passion of an irrational fantasy.

And Marx’s fantastical story goes something like this: the “proletariat” -- the more or less poor, needy, and downtrodden  -- are “destined” to inherit the Earth simply because the poor are destined to inherit the Earth.

Now let me ask you, my reader, this -- doesn’t that idea sound familiar to you?

It should after we consider, once more, what Marx thinks about the proletariat.  Marx says the proletariat are a class:

“Which has a universal character by reason of the universality of its sufferings, and which does not lay claim to any specific rights because the injustice to which it is subjected is not particular but general… it cannot liberate itself without breaking free from all the other classes of society and thereby liberating them also… It stands for the total ruin of man, and can recover itself only by his total redemption”

Now this has to sound familiar right? That’s because Marx’s seems a lot like the eight beatitudes in Christianity.

See for yourself:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Now let me ask -- is there no similarity between Marx’s attitude and that of a religious figure?  Leave your answers in the comments -- or email them to me.  I’ll publish you.

With a hint of righteous indignation,

Zigmund E. Reichenbach

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