“We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy.” ~ The Communist Manifesto
To win the battle of democracy. Marx, for all of his defiance of the holy and sacred, has a clearer understanding of the true nature of democracy than most. He understands democracy to be a means of obtaining totalitarian control, not an end in itself as a safeguard against tyranny. Democracy leads to totalitarianism because whoever wins it becomes the ruling class, and the ruling class “makes all the rules.” As an aside, Constitutions safeguarding the rights of the minority, or non-ruling class, seem to have limited effectiveness; however, that is outside the scope of this critique.
On this issue Marx has a point. Where he goes awry is in what the purpose will be of his proletarian ruling class. Clearly, for Marx, it is a take-no-prisoners victory over the capitalists, those who own private property using not their own labor, but the surplus labor of the proletariat (working class). Through this usurpation of surplus labor, the capitalists, i.e., the bourgeoisie, become the ruling class, and through their power dictate societal norms to their own advantage. Religion, the definition of family, and morality, all are imposed by the bourgeoisie for the purpose of keeping the proletariat in their place so that their surplus labor can continue to be usurped by the capitalists.
So, what is Marx’s answer? It is nothing less than a “final solution” to the traditional religion, family, and morality of the bourgeoisie, the complete end to the capitalist ruling class:
“The communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property relations; no wonder its development involves the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.”
Outside the Garden (to continue our previous metaphor) Marx wants to overthrow all that the Garden represents. He does not seek redemption and reconciliation with the Kingdom inside the Garden. He seeks its annihilation. He has no need of redemption; for, his society will be its own salvation.
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.”