Did you know that Jean-Claude Juncker, the previous President of the European Commission, inaugurated a statue of Marx? How is it possible that Churchill’s statues are damaged in London, nevertheless statues are erected for Marx and Lenin in Germany?
It was Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist politician and writer, who proclaimed a change of power through culture instead of revolutionary terror.
And behold, even though communism failed, Marxism is experiencing a renaissance: it is permeating the media, higher education, large corporations, non-governmental organisations, moreover the bureaucracy and sometimes even the churches. Is that surprising?
Yet, item by item these were taught by Karl Marx. His critical idea systematically reshaped generations’ relationship to the nation, family, and God. Marxism is no other than the original “cancel culture,” the abolition of culture.
When we talk about Marxists today, we are not just referring to the Chinese Communist Party, the North Korean or Venezuelan regimes. The problem has come much closer than we think.
After the fall of communism, Marx’s ghost reappears in Hungary as well, in her culture, in higher education, and even in some party programmes. Pointing to the groups considered vulnerable, the Marxist idea successfully disguises itself as progressivism and social justice even in our nation. In America, they are already willing to realise this by force. They also call it anti-fascism, identity politics, or postmodernism. In doing so, they successfully blurred the clear line that separates them from liberals in terms of worldview.
Marx’s doctrine is about so much more than social sensitivity or economic and social reform! Let’s see how the idea that seemed to be a thing of the past is conquering today.
1. According to Marx, the capitalists oppress the working class and should therefore be abolished, and he even predicted that the liberals would be willing to help in this at first. This is what sensitisation, wealth taxes and political correctness are all about, which are no longer just represented by admittedly socialist politicians. In America, some leaders do not shy away from even using a rhetoric of civil war and revolution to achieve their goals.
Of course, according to the Marxist doctrine, if they take control of the state, then they eliminate inequalities. However, this creates arbitrary and corrupt systems that we are well aware of, thanks to George Orwell.
2. According to Marx and Engels, the revolution is continuous – so sooner or later it will reach even those who had not previously thought of themselves as being suppressed. Therefore, today they are no longer talking about class struggle and proletarian revolution, but about wealth inequality, systemic racism, or even the patriarchy.
The jargon has changed, the essence however remained: the revolution against hierarchy!
Yet authority in society, in the labour market and in the family should not be abolished – what can be abused is not necessarily bad in itself!
3. Marx and Engels also rejected the family. Being based on private property, they thought it should be abolished. They announced the breakdown of the traditional family, i.e. the father-mother-children model. This programme is taken forward by today’s trending gender ideology, which also aims to eradicate the nuclear family.
4. Marx classified Judeo-Christian civilisation and morality as a category to be abolished altogether. One of the pillars of current social stability is a social compromise based on morality. Its abolition was used by Marx as a political weapon, and today’s nihilistic atheist intelligentsia has the same intention.
5. Marx was also a racist — a twist of fate it is that he became the spiritual father of Black Lives Matter, even though his private correspondence contained blatantly racist remarks. His followers tend to keep quiet about this.
6. Marxism is deeply anti-national, as are many left-wing schools of thought today. It may seem sensible to look for global solutions to global problems, but this in turn usually leads to a centrally managed, not exactly democratic, unification. Nevertheless, Marxists insist on control over the nations. Presently one of the main tools for that end is climate policy. It’s like a delicious melon: green on the outside, red on the inside.
According to the contemporary philosopher Yoram Hazony, at this point, “liberals began to dance with the Marxists.” As liberalism cannot give everyone full equality and freedom, Marxists are constantly demanding new rights, which liberals remorsefully give them.
Hence it is possible, for example, that due to one atheist child, the Lord’s Prayer is banned for the entire class, and because of a transgender person, men may compete in women’s races!
Liberals are at a crossroads: they either merge into the cultural Marxism which they gave way to, or they consciously stand up for their classical values, even if they are therefore branded conservative. Why else were so many liberal journalists fired from The New York Times this summer? Apparently it is no longer enough for the Left that someone is a liberal.
Here on Axióma, the British writer Douglas Murray recently reminded the nations which left communism behind, including us Hungarians, of our responsibility to inform those who may have just reached their own October Revolution about the dangers of Marxism. And of course to not to let ourselves be deceived either, lest we get into the same situation we yet haven’t even gotten over completely!
Therefore, we can see that the most progressive representatives of ‘liberal democracy’ are, in fact, fighting for a system that has nothing to do with liberalism, progression, or democracy.