The View From 1776
Saturday, February 13, 2010
From the French Revolution To Obama
There is an ideological continuum between Democratic/Socialist Party doctrine and the 1789 Paris mobs hanging government officials from the lamp posts and the slaughter of more than 70,000 French citizens in the Revolutionary Reign of Terror. It’s called “change that we can believe in.”
That mantra of change is based upon the presumptuous worship of human reason, requiring relentless destruction of the social customs and institutions that constituted Western Christian civilization, in the hubristic faith that intellectuals can perfect human nature and society.
Liberal-progressive ideology that dominates today’s Democrat/Socialist Party necessarily denies our Creator God, substituting materialistic causes within our physical world. Darwinian evolutionary doctrine, along with the Marxism that so happily grasped Darwinism as proof of its political materialism, are direct outgrowths of French Revolutionary ideology. And they are fundamental constituents of today’s liberal-progressive ideology.
For a fuller exposition of that proposition, read Liberalism and the Search for the Ground: Another Visit with Eric Voegelin in the Brussels Journal.
See also Gnostic Education, an earlier post on this website that summarizes Professor Voegelin’s characterization of modern gnosticism, as well as its implementation in the educational policies espoused by President Obama’s close friends and political advisors Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.