Sunday, June 15, 2014

Obama a Marxist?

I made the statement in "Remember Lot's Wife" that Mr. Obama is a "certified Marxist" and one of my blog visitors took exception to that statement.  RampantCrumpet wrote "Obama is not by any stretch of the imagination a 'Marxist'."

He's entitled to his view, of course.  But before one can categorize Mr. Obama's political philosophy, it would be helpful to know what a Marxist is.

Wikipedia provides the following:

Marxism is a worldview and method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation.

Marxism from Wikipedia
The original post was written several years ago, and RampantCrumpet's comment is also fairly old. In the time that has transpired, I think it has become abundantly clear that Mr. Obama relies heavily on "class relations" (that is, conflict between classes) and that he is working aggressively to re-make the American social fabric.  The outworking of Marxist philosophy in the world's political arena is well-known and I believe there is little doubt that Mr. Obama is taking America down that road as quickly as he can.

In short, I stand by my statement and believe history bears out its accuracy.   By the way, the case has been made that Islam is Marxist-socialism in the guise of a religion. We probably don't have time to explore that, but in view of the direction these anti-God philosophies go, it's not hard to make the case.

Mr. Crumpet also stated that I've gone off the road into political theory.  My conclusion is that political philosophies have theological roots.  I've said that many times and, again, I believe history bears it out.  To lay out any theological conclusion and not explore the political and cultural implications is to leave the discussion unfinished.

A final comment, that Obama's economic policies "do not and should not concern Christians" is a mystifying conclusion.  "Thou shalt not steal" is a commandment.  Institutionalizing theft should be a concern of Christians as much as institutionalizing the murder of inconvenient children.