I did some light reading recently, namely, The Communist Manifesto (Bedford Series in History and Culture). The Introduction by John E. Toews does an admirable job of putting Marx and the Manifesto into historical context. He makes the clear connection between Marx and Hegel. Today’s Left is very Marx and Hegel, and, counter-intuitively, so is today’s so-called “Right” at its core.
The American, French, and Communist Revolutionaries all advocated the end of Monarchy and the establishment of Republics in their place. All of them sought freedom, but freedom from what? What they sought was freedom from God and religion. The American version of “Separation of Church and State” is nothing more than a thinly veiled separation of God from State. Freedom to practice the religion of your choice is nothing more than a thinly veiled mechanism to reject the Catholic Church and Catholic culture. “Freedom” for all of these movements really meant freedom from Catholicism. This leads to a commonality between the modern day Communist Left and the Republican “Conservatives” of the “Right” that should not be ignored. And here it is:
“In the Communist Manifesto, the coming communist revolution is presented as the historical culmination of the process of human emancipation, as the liberation of the creative powers of humankind from the “fetters” of historical oppression and servitude….The Manifesto is a manifesto of liberation, an heir and successor of previous movements of emancipation, from the Protestant Revolt against the medieval Catholic Church in the sixteenth century to the political revolts (in England, America, and France) against arbitrary royal power and encrusted social privilege… culminating in the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.”
This has been my thesis for many years, namely, that these seemingly unrelated or even opposing revolutions, along with the seemingly opposing Left and so-called “Right” in our political scheme, actually all are related at their core to revolutionary Marxism and Hegelism (and we could add Rousseau to this mix as well), and all of which aim to one “man-made” interpretation of “Freedom” which is not God’s freedom that can be found only through His Holy Catholic Church. Marx sought the emancipation of humankind through the collective suffering and resulting rise of the proletariat, while Jefferson and our “enlightened” Founding Fathers sought it through “individual liberty” and separation of Church and State. Both sides share in common a categorical rejection of the Catholic confessional state, whether that state be explicitly established or merely implicitly honored. Both Marx and Jefferson share a similar “revolutionary” motive.
We can go further and say that these revolutions all are based in that primordial one, the revolution of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where they decided that they would eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In other words, they are all Satan’s revolutions. Adherents to each of these revolutions (Protestantism, Liberalism, Americanism, Marxism…etc.) perhaps have taken different paths out of the Garden to build their cities of Cain, but they all have one thing in common. They all left the Garden.
As Catholic Monarchists seeking the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven through a society based on the preeminence of Christ’s Holy Catholic Church, we necessarily must counter all of these revolutions. But more than simply counter them, we must go “Beyond the Counterrevolution” to the reestablishment of both Old Christendom and New Christendom here in the “New World.”