13 November 2004
You gotta believe
It's persisted for many years, despite the presence of nay-sayers who don't see any evidence to support it, and people are perfectly willing to bend it to political purpose. Yes, folks, it's a religion this one:
[I]t's a funny thing about the Marxist outlook. Somewhere along the way, it ceased to be a political ideology and became a de facto religious faith. As the twentieth century wore on, Marx's prophesy of a world divided along economic fault lines rather than national and cultural ones looked increasingly ridiculous.
Today, though long discredited by history, the Marxist faith continues to thrive. Its faithful would have you believe that it is an ideology for the rational skeptic. Don't be fooled. It is a fanatical religious faith, too fortified against the sway of established history to be considered anything else.
As in 1914 with the dawn of WWI, liberals can't seem to make sense of the conservative electoral victories of last week. Their worldview, rooted in Marxist dogma, simply cannot adequately account for why Americans seem not to care about their "economic interests." Nor can it explain why Republican appeals to cultural values resonated significantly more powerfully than Democratic appeals to a sense of economic victimization.
Not surprisingly, a substantial number of liberal pundits have spent the previous week seething with indignant rage that ordinary Americans are so unwilling to trade away their core cultural and religious values in exchange for economic advantage.
How, they wonder vainly, can Americans care more about "guns, God and gays" than their own "economic interests?"
And so in a twist of poignant irony, the high priests of a faith that holds wealth and greed to be the greatest sins have been reduced to complaining, essentially, that Americans are insufficiently materialistic.
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Well, the high priests exempt themselves, of course:
Why shouldn't those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what's going on in the world.
My reasoned response, from a religion with more demonstrated staying power:
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.
If you're keeping score, it's Matthew 1, Karl 0.