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In our ongoing discussions, Peter had always maintained that the element of malice played a larger role in the motives of the Left than I had been willing to accept. I resisted his judgement because I could not readily locate such negative passions in myself. But now I was having second thoughts. If the Left was primarily motivated by the desire to "make the world better," why was it so indifferent to the consequences of it's efforts? What else could explain its lack of concern about the deeds of its liberators in Indochina, or its Panther vanguard at home? Its disinterest in whether socialism worked or not?
The more I thought about the moral posturing of the Left, the more I saw that it's genius lay not in reforms but in framing indictments. Resentment and retribution were the radical passions. In The Eighteenth Brumaire, Marx had invoked a dictum of Goethe's devil: "Everything that exists deserves to perish." It was the progressive credo.
To the Left, neither honored traditions nor present institutions reflected human nature or desire; the past was only a dead weight to be removed from their path. When the Left called for "liberation," what it really wanted was to erase the human slate and begin again in the year zero of creation. Marxism was indeed a form of idolatry, as Berdyaev had written, and the Creator/Destroyer that the Left worshipped was itself.
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How too accurate! Funny, I remember one of the more chilling scenes in Rosemary's Baby was when Roman Castevet proclaimed, "To 1966! The year one!". When he said it, my blood just stopped (given that he was the reigning warlock of a group that championed the birth of Satan's son, who would take Jesus' place, remake the world with a total absence of any sort of religious faith or, indeed, any sort of morality at all).
When I read this excerpt, and David said it of the Left, my blood ran cold again; that's not 'progress'--that's just plain nihilism (and about much more than just religion). I--we--really have to think if this is, or is not, what the Left has been up to all along...