Yesterday my wife asked a hard question: “All these people who say they want communism–don’t they see what communism does?”
Also yesterday my editor, Susan, suggested I revisit R.J. Rushdoony’s Politics of Guilt and Pity. So I opened the book, which I’d last read at least 20 years ago–and wow!
“Many persons do not reveal their personal masochism, but they do participate in mass masochism through political and economic views and activities (!) calculated to fulfill the urge to mass destruction” (Pg. 4-5, 1995 edition).
Rushdoony wrote that line in 1970. Yes, 1970, over 50 years ago.
So the answer to the question is, Yes, they do see what communism does–police state, economic stagnation, gulags and all–and that, whether they realize it or not, is what they desire: because they are tormented by guilt that cries out for atonement; but having separated themselves from Jesus Christ, our only Savior, they find this atonement impossible to achieve. They expect the state to achieve it for them, but it can’t.
I’ve got to read this book again: I’m 20 years readier for it than I was the first time.
You can read it, too. Check the Chalcedon website and store at http://www.chalcedon.edu/ .