The View From 1776
Friday, December 12, 2008
An inevitable feature of liberal-progressive-socialism is cultural imperialism, expressed in a drive to subjugate spiritual religion to the secular and materialistic political state, and ultimately to eradicate it.
TV networks are featuring left wing comedians who, with increasing acerbity, are ridiculing Christianity. Mainstream news media are denigrating religious Jews and Christians. Recently, protesting the ratification of California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages, homosexual mobs in several cities attacked individuals and Mormon and Christian churches, asserting a right to supervene California’s constitution and the democratically expressed will of the majority of the state’s voters. The same process, albeit more gradually, has been underway for several generations in public education.
It’s an old story. Liberal-progressive-socialists demand that people with different beliefs abandon them and accept Godless, materialistic, and ultimately tyrannical liberal-progressive-socialistic views. Liberals’ so-called tolerance does not extend to preserving the religious, economic, and political traditions upon which the United States was founded.
The French started it with their 1789 Revolution. Imperial Germany under Bismarck carried it on.
In the 1870s, endeavoring to secure absolute control of the new German Empire he had created, Chancellor Otto von Bismarck passed anti-Catholic laws, imprisoned Catholic priests, and forcibly took control of Catholic parochial schools. The goal of this kulturkampf (culture struggle) was to bring all elements of society under bureaucratic control of the Prussian-dominated, secular empire.
Hitler’s National Socialism and Lenin’s Soviet Union took the culture struggle to its logical end: absolute tyranny.
For perspective on our own kulturkampf, read Conservatism and the Culture Wars by R.R. Reno on the First Things website.