I found the following from a Dr. Peter Hammond, who runs a Christian fellowship in South Africa working to combat Marxist forces in that country which are trying to win the hearts and minds of the people there. He puts up some quotes that must be read....
THE HEART OF COMMUNISM
Much as been said about the economics and social analysis of Marxism, but as a Christian, I want to look at the heart of Communism. Beneath all the philosophical verbage and political rhetoric, what is the driving force of Marxist-Leninism?
“Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism.” Vladimir Lenin.
“We must HATE. Hatred is the basis of Communism.” Lenin
“Hatred is an element of the struggle, a relentless hatred of the enemy…transforming him into an effective, violent and selective, cold blooded killing machine. A people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.” Che Guevare.
“I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above.” Karl Marx.
“The hellish vapours rise and fill the brain, till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed. See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.” Karl Marx.
“With disdain I will throw my gauntlet full in the fact of the world and see the collapse of this pygmy giant… Then will I wander god-like and victorious through the ruins of the world. And giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the Creator.” Karl Marx
“Karl Marx is a monster possessed by ten thousand devils.” Frederick Engels.
Karl Marx “had the devil’s view of the world and the devil’s malignity. Sometimes he seemed to know that he was accomplishing the works of evil.” Robert Payne (a friend of Karl Marx).
“We do not fight against believers and not even clergymen. WE FIGHT AGAINST GOD to snatch believers from Him.” Velchernaia Moskva (a Marxist newspaper).
The slogan of the Soviets in their early days was: “Let us drive out the Capitalists from the earth, and God from Heaven.”“The World has never before known a godlessness as organised, miltarised and tenaciously malevolent as that preached by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin and at the heart of their psychology, HATRED OF GOD is the principle driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions.
Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood. Communists proclaim both of these objectives openly, and just as openly put them into practice.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Quoted from “A History of Communism in South Africa ” by Henry Pike (CMI) and “Was Karl Marx a Satanist?” by Richard Wurmbrand (CMI).
What, then, can we say about those church leaders who could preach in front of the bloodstained Soviet flag, under which many millions of Christians have been butchered?
What are we to think about those ministers who hold ‘talks” with Marxist terrorists and promote these murderers as a government?
What are to conclude about those clergymen who claim that (godless, atheistic) Communism and Christianity have much in common and should merge?
What can we believe about church documents that justify the mob violence, petrol bombings, stoning and public burnings of innocent people, advocate civil disobedience, and demand that all Christians “participate in the struggle”, working under the political organisations “of the masses”?
What must we do about a “theology” that is based on a Marxist analysis of socio-political history, ignores the clear teachings of Scripture, justifies and advocates violence, causes bloodshed, works for revolution and uncritically supports Communist terrorists?
Let us never forget what Communism has done in Russia , China , North Korea , Hungary , Czechoslovakia , Poland , Romania , Bulgaria , East Germany , Albania , Cuba , Cambodia , Viet Nam , Laos , Afghanistan , Nicaragua , Ethiopia , Mozambique , Angola and Zimbabwe . The millions imprisoned in concentration camps, the hunger and starvation, the civil wars, the persecution of Christians, the buttering of pastors, the destruction of churches, the burning of Bibles, the massacres, the fear and the horror.
Let us never forget the results of this evil anti-Christ religion of Communism. And may we be faithful to God’s Word, loyal to Christ and steadfast in our prayers for the suffering Christians. May we be brave in our opposition to Communism and bold in our proclamation of the truth of God’s Word.
-Dr. Peter Hammond
Now I turn to a quote from Michael Harrington, founder of the Democratic Socialists of America.
"Karl Marx (and Frederich Engels) was a democratic socialist in the most profound sense of the phrase. More importantly for the purposes of this essay, the vision, methodology and analyses which are Marx’s living heritage are democratic as theories and as guides to praxis. Indeed, I would argue that the development of Marxism since the death of Marx and Engels has made this last point so compelling that […] those who do not understand it or, worse, who take up arms against it, are anti-Marxists no matter what they call themselves."
-Praxis International, (1:1) April 1981, (I found a link to this on the DSA website)
Sounds like the DSA founder picked a wonderful role model in Karl Marx.
I am continuing my study of socialism in order to be open-minded, and I still am not impressed...
The more I am learning, the better free-market capitalism and decentralized government under the precepts in the Bill of Rights becomes to me.
That's all for now....