So, with that background in mind, let’s return to the question. Am I attempting to initiate a witch hunt or red scare?
Once again, it’s an issue with usage of language. People in general are turned off by those who attempt to posit that they are more enlightened than others. Please, check your privilege at the door, no one is more or less enlightened due to them agreeing with or disagreeing with your views.
The extreme rhetoric regarding me or this piece is obscuring a much larger issue. As I noted at the beginning of this essay, the information page was presented as a supplementary resource to the article about Augustus Sol Invictus, a known Fascist and New Right candidate who shares much of the same theology and practices as some of the fiercest critics of my piece.
The extreme rhetoric you are receiving is your fault because of your usage of language and the fact that you seemingly did not consult others outside of your boxed in perspective. f you had, people would have told you, “This piece is a bit condescending, might wanna tone it down.” There’s no problem with exiting your box and thinking outside of it. It helps create a peaceful dialog for that I too believe is important to discuss, but not when it seems like an attack instead of an invitation. This is why the United States has an abhorrent racial problem is because both sides of the issue are being condescending towards each other which does nothing but shy people away from the discussion. It’s either their views are treated as Truth or else you’re publicly shamed as a racist/white genocide sympathizer.
There are some deeply difficult questions that we need to ask. Do the gods want us to return to ‘tribal’ societies, do the gods demand we war against Muslims and Atheists and Leftists, do the gods demand we institute strict hierarchies and authority-relationships between priests and the rest of us? And did those gods happen to notice those are the same ideas of the New Right?
You’re assuming that the Gods interventionists in human affairs. Some of us assume that they aren’t interventionists while others believe otherwise. I use the term “assume” because no mortal being can actually “know” what the Gods are thinking or want for us. I assume they just want us to figure human issues out for ourselves and not have the hand of Divine Governance dictating what we should do. That no longer implies freedom, but totalitarianism. The Gods may call, but they can’t dictate want the ultimate outcome of humankind should be. When those believe we are being called to dictate to our fellow human being that the Gods will must be done, then we have a theocracy and theocracies never turn out well.
While I disagree with Rhyd WIldermuth on his execution of the article he wrote, both the original and the rebuttal, I do respect his beliefs and believe his heart may be in the right place as long as he isn’t some infiltrator/witch hunt provoking tyrant. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and state that Rhyd WIldermuth isn’t any of the above, but rather a person with a kind heart being vigilant of those who would tarnish the beautiful religions of Paganism for political opportunism. And I am be wrong, who knows? I don’t him to come to any guaranteed conclusion, but until then I stay with my belief that Rhyd is really a good guy who needs to consult more different people to look over his work.
This morning I read an article on this website called Socialist Appeal about science and how those of any religion tend to be ignorant of science. It also speculates that once material wealth is abundant for all that religion would disappear entirely.
The coming socialist revolution will establish universal high-quality education, placing the wondrous power of modern technology at the feet of the people and allowing it to be used according a democratic plan in the interests of all. This revolution will be the negation of all traditional faiths and superstitious rituals, as people voluntarily drift away from these, on the basis of material wealth and security, available for the first time to everyone.
That’s a bold statement to make considering that in most cases becoming religious or spiritual isn’t because a lack of security and/or material wealth, but rather the emptiness produced by being solely reliant on such. This is one classic example of the ignorance shown by Marxists in general, they believe that once people are “happy”, within a materialistic and superficial paradigm, that religion will disappear. Well, Christians believed this very same thing when they converted our ancestors from paganism to Christianity, that once the light of Christ entered the souls of the pagan that “happiness” would become more common place in society. However, with the resurgence of paganism, especially in Iceland a country that should be, by all means in the realm of socialism, “happy”, but somethings missing apparently that Iceland is the first nation in over a thousand years to build a pagan temple to the old Norse Gods. Scandinavian socialism is held in such high regard by socialists in the West, so shouldn’t the Marxist hypothesis be true in this respect? Seems like the hypothesis is null and void because for a nation to be abundant and accepting enough to allow a pagan temple to be built shows that religion will never die out no matter how much the Marxists want their ideology to be held in sacrosanct.
I’m coming from this as someone highly into the sciences and currently attending college for a Biotechnology degree, so to assume because I believe in multiple Gods doesn’t mean I’m an ignorant simpleton. In fact, the director of the National Health Institute and leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, is a Christian, though not a Creationist Christian, but a Christian who believes in Yahweh and Jesus Christ. I seriously doubt this man would’ve been allowed to conduct such an important project if he were simply a feeble minded, Dark Age mystic. Another example is my father, another Evolutionist Christian, who most likely has a genius IQ with all the things he DIYed and the problem solving skills shown. However, Marxists would figure him to be a superstitious dolt.
Within much of the Leftist spectrum is a tendency to be shameful of the actions of their ancestors, which is called “white guilt”. I find this trend to be ridiculous and a sign of a weak mind. Since Lizzy Borden is my distant relative, should I feel shameful for her acts of violence? Gods no! Why would I since I wasn’t even born then? So it must be asked why white Leftists should shame and induce shameful feelings within other white people about actions they themselves had no hand nor control over? No one should have any shame for what their ancestors did, because there is nothing you can do to change the past. The past is an immovable mountain, however the present and future is quite malleable. You affect change now instead of wasting your time feeling guilty for the past that you had no hand in. One of those discussions we need is the discussion that eliminates the idea of melanin based racial labels and viewing all people as what they really are: The Human Race. However, Marxists still enjoy dividing people up into small, easily controlled parcels of human beings in order to better control their attempt at social engineering. It’s the same tactic used by the two major parties in power in America today, the Democrats and Republicans. In order to keep absolute power the people must be absolutely divided.
I used to be a Marxist years ago and I have no regrets. After all, it helped me formulate my slight socialist with a libertarian edge ideology. I consider myself patriotic in regards to my country and I support the Constitution. It’s perhaps one of the most perfect documents outlining our freedoms these days. I support the 2nd Amendment to the point where I believe open carry should be allowed. Though I would prefer a battle axe to a gun, but to each their own. I support states rights and a decentralized form of government, meaning that the Federal Government interferes as little as possible with what states and their population vote and decide for themselves. I support gay marriage and gay adoption. I don’t see anything repulsive about this. I support Universal Healthcare, which I think can still be decided by states to implement or not without the Federal government. I’m neutral on abortion. I have my reasons, but I’ll keep them to myself. I believe in absolute religious freedom which extends to businesses as well. If a business wishes to not patronize a certain group of people, that’s their right. However, they must not whine about the loss of profits due to their decision. This of course goes beyond Christian businesses, but also other religiously based businesses such as pagan ones who wouldn’t want to patronize Christians or other monotheists. I’m pro-animal rights and pro-environment, obviously.
That’s just a few things where no one can truly pinpoint my ideology, which I think if anyone follows one ideology to the T, then it’s nothing more than ignorance. I believe both sides of the political spectrum have something to contribute to our political system. Whether socialism or capitalism wins out for absolute control of a country it’s simply totalitarianism.
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Much is to be said about socialist and the dangers it poses, as shown to us by history over and over again, but one can not ignore the absolute ignorance to history that many of these socialist groups hold. One of them comes to mind is Socialist Appeal, which is the publication organ of the Workers International League ( aTrotskyist based socialist organization), which many of it’s members regard Trotsky as the saviour of communism in the same religious zeal Christians have for Jesus. Not only do they have this zeal and ignorance of history, but they also twist history of socialism to suit their means and call anything that goes against the grain of their current beliefs as revisionism and capitalist propaganda. If that doesn’t make these folks seem heinous enough it is their undying support of Venezuela and it’s failed socialist program, which as we speak is degrading into the same Stalinist dictatorship that Trotskyists despise. They ignore the obvious evilness that Chavez and Maduro indulge in to bring about THEIR vision of a socialist utopia in order to prop their highly held faith that socialism can’t fail. As history has taught us that socialism does and will always fail because it lacks any common sense planning. It goes from point A to point C without any thought of how to properly go to point B first. The basic understanding of economics and how to create a sustainable system are lost to socialists because they would have to admit that a socialist economy can not and will never work. It is the basis of why China and many other surviving socialist nations have switched to market socialism it’s the only way that they can survive. If they stuck with an orthodox socialist economy then those nations would’ve collapses ages ago.
There is a reason why no true socialist nation exists today because it doesn’t work. It negates certain variables such as market forces, individual human beings and their wants, and how to maintain the dynamics of a successful economy. Though capitalism has a bad rep these days it is still the most thought system that improves with the times and generates surplus wealth for people thus providing a better standard of living for people. Socialism has yet to even produce a better standard of living for people and continually blaming it on capitalism is more than truth denial and a facade to escape the responsibility that socialists have in admitting their faults in their silly ideology.
Speaking of facades, the main facade that entices people to socialism is the idea of a ‘workers government’. Sounds awesome, but the reality is that it will never happen because once the elitists of the socialist organizations have their grubby hands on power they’ll rule IN THE NAME of the worker, but without letting the workers have any power whatsoever because workers aren’t ideologically homogenous. No, in fact there are workers who have Leftist to Right Wing views with Libertarianism thrown in between the cracks. So to give workers power would also giving those who are your ideological opponents power as well, which is something socialists will never do. No matter their claim to tolerance they truly have no tolerance for outside thinking. They’ll lambast and chastise you for your beliefs until you leave their cadre. That is the true face of socialism, an intolerant system that seeks sublimation of ALL people to the will of the so-called Workers State.
So whenever you encounter a socialist and get a whiff of bullshit you haven’t stepped in doggie landmines, it’s just the elitist, hipster spiel of the socialist thinking they are morally superior to you. Just remember the facts, they aren’t morally superior and wouldn’t even know the meaning of it because forcing people into a system isn’t moral much akin to forcing socialists into a capitalist system (hence I’m all in favor of communes based of ideologies) and their ignorance is much to grieve about when it comes to socialists. Never hate them, just feel sorry for them. They need it.