“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” Karl Marx
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Benjamin Franklin
I find the comparison between the above two quotes fascinating, particularly in this time when prominent personalities, such as Bill Mahar, proclaim on national television that:
“You are a dunce if you believe in God.”
Karl Marx obviously believed that capitalism could only survive under a virtuous people, so even before he proclaimed that his objective was to “destroy capitalism” it was to “dethrone God.” And Ben Franklin observed, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
Does it hold, then, that destroying capitalism is tantamount to destroying freedom. You bet it does.
I’m not suggesting that virtue is only possible “under” God, however honesty and virtue is one of the primary teachings of Christianity, so I, for one, am convinced that a religious society is more capable of maintaining their freedom than one not so taught. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is as basic to freedom as any philosophical concept, for freedom is just that, not doing to others what you would not want done to you. Freedom is only possible if you don’t impose your will on others, or them on you.
And that, my friends, is why we should all be concerned about our federal government continuing to impose itself on us, continuing to etch away at the concept of self-reliance. You don’t need government to suckle, you need them to do only what the individual and states cannot do for themselves. Government doesn’t need more power. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and as Ben said, with such foresight, “As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
So I think it holds, if you want a master running every aspect of your life, lose your virtue, and if you want to lose your virtue, lose your religion. And if you want to lose your freedom, lose both.
- “Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin