“We are trained Marxists.” -Patrisse Cullors, Founder of Black Lives Matter
Karl Marx did not invent Communism, but his political and economic theories became the basis for its foundation and practice. Therefore, it can be definitively stated that the term “Marxism” is synonymous with Communism!
I have endeavored in the past few tidbits to offer just a few of the fundamental philosophical positions of Marx, in order to reveal what he actually believed, with the purpose of helping to elucidate his version of Communism. However, there is a question I must ask. In all honesty, what has been Communism’s legacy to this date? In other words, what has been the fruit of Marx’s Communism where it has been implemented?
This question is important for at least two reasons. First, the philosophies and the agendas of Communism/Socialism have made great inroads into the thinking and outlook of Millennials and Generation Z regarding today’s social issues. And furthermore, using Patrisse Cullors as a recent example, since the 1950’s Communism has historically influenced--to a certain degree--the Black Civil Rights movement. For example, Black Panther Angela Davis explains in: “Why I am a Communist”:
“But one of the things which really impressed me, when I was on the streets fighting for my job at UCLA, was that whenever I spoke to Black people, and whenever I spoke to the Black community, very few people had hang-ups about Communism. I can remember many times walking down the street and having someone stop me and say, are you Angela Davis, and I would say yes, and they would express their solidarity, and say, well, all the sisters and brothers would say even though I don’t really know what Communism is all about, just as a brother here said, then we know that there must be something good about it because ‘the man’ would not be coming down on you so hard. So I think that the resistance to understanding what Communism is all about doesn’t exist nearly as much in the Black community as it does in the country as a whole.”
Black Panther leader Fred Hampton made similar statements about his preference for Communism/Socialism.
Why is ignorance of Communism in the Black community a tragedy? First, because Blacks have suffered many social ills in America, out of desperation, recent Black leaders have sought answers to complex issues--outside of Christ! One example is Malcom X, who declared, “To bring about the complete independence of people of African descent here in the Western hemisphere, and first here in the United States. And bring about the freedom of these people by any means necessary.”
On the contrary, and exactly opposite of Malcom X, Jesus said, “I am the way”(Jn14:6). In other words, there can be no ‘help’, nor any ‘way’ to help…outside of Jesus(Heb13:6; Is43:11)! Therefore, the Bible does not condone “by any means necessary”, which is nothing more than a euphemism for ‘the end justifies the means’. To choose man’s way “for help”, ultimately lands one on Satan’s way!! God will not follow man, man must intentionally seek God, and His way, to resolve any problem. When man gets ahead of God—only destruction awaits!
Communism is not just a man’s way, i.e.Karl Marx…it is the way of Satan! Please see last week’s tidbit. However, the greatest example of the Satanic origin of Communism, is not Marx’s writings, but Communism’s wake of death and destruction. Remember, the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy(Jn10:10)!!!
In 1999, the Black Book of Communism cited the total number of murders perpetrated by the following Communist countries:
USSR: 20 million deaths
China: 65 million deaths
Vietnam: 1 million deaths
North Korea: 2 million deaths
Cambodia: 2 million deaths
Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths
Latin America: 150,000 deaths
Africa: 1.7 million deaths
Afghanistan 1.5 million deaths
Total: 94 million
However, these figures may not be completely accurate. First, Alexander Yakovlev an official in Mikhail Gorbachev’s regime totaled Stalin’s murder figures at between 60 -70 million!* This figure agrees with the figure of 61,911,00 murders attributed to Stalin as recorded in ‘Death by Government’ by R.J. Rummel (pg79). Adding in this figure, the total murders by Communism leaps to over 135 million!!! Yet…the 135 million number does not include the Nazis, who were Socialists. Remember, Nazi is an acronym for ‘National Socialist German Workers Party’.
The only difference between Nazis and Communists is race and class. Whereas the Communists promoted revolution between the classes ‘bourgeoisie’ and ‘proletariats’, the Nazis used race: ‘Aryans’ and ‘non-Aryans’, with special emphasis on Jews! With this exception, everything else philosophically between the Communists and Nazis is the same.
Incredibly, the book ‘Death by Government’ attributes 20,946,000 million (pg111) murders to Hitler. So, adding Hitler’s number to the total murders, and the consequence of Marxist philosophy exceeds 155 million murders!!!
What adds fuel to this already mind-boggling number, is that the 155 million murders all occurred within the 100 years of the 20th century—1900-2000!!!! In other words, the 20th century is the most murderous century in the history of the world…and Communism/Socialism, i.e.Marxism, is the driving philosophy behind those murders!!!
Here is the million-dollar question, does Patrisse Cullors’ quote have more meaning to you now?
*Paul Kengor, The Devil and Karl Marx, pg.xviii.
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." -W. Clement Stone