Family Envy: Democrat & Totalitarian Power Lust
The life, force, energy and grace of a good family is awful in the true sense of “full-of-awe.” This good of family is not simply the good of the family as a unit. It is the good of every individual. This good is not simply material, earthly good, but the good of eternal happiness, heaven, for every family member. Here and now this good translates to family members sacrificing daily, and being ready to selflessly lay down their lives for each other. This supernatural aspect of families is something that most totalitarians have never comprehended. “Et Tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt” (Jn 1:4) – and the darkness did not comprehend the Light.
Many democrat socialists today either are totalitarians or they aspire to be. Some current democratic socialists in America try to hide behind this lie: “but we only seek government ownership of the means of production.” They want us to believe that “means of production” has a very limited scope, e.g. only means to produce cabbages and cars. Yes, that is so limited, only all the land and all the factories in America. They want us to believe that when they achieve this, that will be an end to it, and end to what they want government to “own.” They want us to believe their lie that “they” will be all of us in a true democratic paradise. As true elitists, they condescendingly tell us with a straight face, “You gonna believe us or you gonna believe your eyes?”
Totalitarians R Us Democrats
Totalitarians want total power for government. “Government” in reality is a group of them. Total power is their power over all of those who are not them. This includes total power over: an entire economy and all financial institutions; education at all levels; goods and energy production and provision; history; publications, the press and media; the health care industries; religion; retirement; speech; all groups of people in any form; and over thought itself.
Again and again through human history, such totalitarianism in a real world situation has devolved into a group with the power of life and death over all the non-power people whom they rule. Their lust for total power is unable to ignore the perceived power of family.
George Orwell spent his life speaking out against totalitarianism. In his book, 1984, he said this about the totalitarian lust for power:
There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always— do not forget this, Winston— always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.
Many totalitarians see in families what is, to them, an incredible power that families have over their members. They cannot fathom or believe that there is anything in material reality like selfless true love. Since they want all power, they want this, this perceived family power. In many ways what appears to them to be the power of family exceeds all the other power they seek.
In seeking this family power, democrat socialists and other totalitarians always seek to destroy the family or to replace it with them, calling themselves “the State” or “government.” Their modus operandi is as old as tyranny; but in today’s world this m.o. is much more vicious, bloody, and evil than in the past.
Destroy Family – By Definition
Totalitarians realize that their total power cannot coexist with definitions of “family” like this:
A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family relationship are to be evaluated. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2202)
The Russian totalitarians who took power in 1917, discussed below, totally rejected views such as that stated in modern times in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on family as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society” (Article 16.3).
Particularly inimical to the totalitarian’s rule is the truth implied in the above definitions that the family is logically, politically, and morally prior to any government or elite group. Paragraph 2201 of the Catechism uses the word “primordial” for family relationships.
The family does not rely on any state, government, or elite group for its creation or its value. No government grants to its citizens the “right” to have or be a family. No court could legitimately discover the “right to family” in our Constitution. Families are there before a nation.
So, to destroy the family, some democrat socialists and other totalitarians try to define “family” so broadly that the word and the reality are meaningless. Totalitarian legislatures, courts, juntas, cadres, oligarchies, parties, and bureaucracies use their power in attempts to destroy “family” by making it amorphous, without any boundaries, so that it can be thrown into the dustbin of history. At least that is the hope and goal.
You have a relationship with your goat, male or female, totalitarian rulers, say “that’s a family.” You have a relationship with yourself, democrat socialist rulers deign to let you be alone and happy in your “family.” You have a relationship with five other adults, male, female, wives and husbands, what have you, and this is “family.” Three mommies, or two daddies? “Family.” And the benevolent state (sensitive and compassionate intelligentsia and coastal elitists), in its discretion, depending on the current perceived crisis being used to increase power – e.g. alleged “peak oil,” “population bomb,” “global warming,” or “climate catastrophe” – may grant you the “right” to have children, or one child.
As history tells us over and over, somehow the family rises from the totalitarian excrement and democrat socialist ashes. This resurrection can only be attributed to the reality of the essence of family and to the undeniable human nature of human beings. Such a rising is detailed in the historical example from Bolshevik Russia in the early 1920’s discussed below.
Destroy Family – Simple: Kill Them
Does anyone really wonder why the statist organizations of democrat socialists and other totalitarians literally kill people? It is simple: kill a human being, kill a family. Kill a child, kill a mother/father relationship. Make the killing of tiny children available, legal and cheap, and each child killed is, potentially, and in many cases, the death of another family.
Mercy murder grandma and grandad, they will die in pain soon anyway. Their needed deaths will insure everyone else’s comfort and pleasure, and enough food for the all-you-can-eat buffets. Kill the elderly grandparents and you kill the perpetuation of the myth of the good of family down through the generations.
Kill any defective human beings – “defect” as defined by the state – and again you diminish or destroy a family.
Destroy Family – Who’s Your Mama? Your Daddy?
Not that long ago the illegitimacy rate for black Americans was around 20% of births. With the implementation of the democrats’ Great Society, the War On Poverty, and the explosion of the number of servantvoters on the democrats’ Welfare Plantation, this illegitimacy rate is over 70%. This is no accident.
Each illegitimate birth is a birth that is not in the context of a family. Typically, an illegitimate child in America today comes into the world without a father in a home. Illegitimacy rates for other groups have also increased dramatically over the last decades.
Clearly, you foster illegitimacy, you foster the destruction of the family. Foster illegitimacy via democrat socialist welfare, you foster the destruction of the family. Demand that children beginning in middle school be taught all the mechanics of sexual intercourse and of various perversions, and you foster illegitimacy, not to mention statutory rape.
Regarding easy divorce, the words themselves speak to how this is used to destroy families.
Destroy The Family – Case On Point, Russia In The 1920’s
According to Marx and Engels, the “bourgeois family” and “capital” would have to “disappear” in the new world order. After the Russian revolution at the end of 1917, the new totalitarian government attempted to do just that, including abolishing the institution of the family.
As soon as the revolutionaries took power in 1917 in Russia, they began to systematically enact policies that followed the doctrines of Karl Marx. Their dream of a materialistic utopia could be attained “only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions,” as Marx had written in the “Communist Manifesto.” Communists saw commitment to family as an obstacle to people’s devotion to the pursuit of their materialistic utopia.
That included not only confiscating “means of production,” like factories and land, but also disintegrating the institution of the family. Communists saw commitment to family as an obstacle to people’s devotion to the pursuit of their utopia. Instead, people were to live in “free unions,” mating at will. “ (The Failed Soviet Experiment With ‘Free Love’; The Epoch Times; Petr Svab April 14, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018; https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-failed-communist-experiment-with-free-love_2242535.html
Before presenting some details of the societal disaster the totalitarians caused in post-revolution Russia, a discussion of what exactly they did to abolish family is enlightening. At its core, their program was a program of lies. It went hand-in-hand with the efforts to abolish religion.
Lenin and his minions pushed a huge state-sponsored propaganda effort whose major themes and driving principles were:
Equate marriage with slavery;
Say that men and women are the same;
Make the people believe there is no need for families, the nation is one big family, a huge village;
Compel women to accept the new order through community organizing, the belief being that women without husbands could be more easily socialized according to socialist principles and goals ; and
Convince the people that easy divorce, abortion and free love are liberating.
Lenin chose totalitarian feminist Madama Alexandra Kollontai, the first female commissar in the new Russia, to be in charge of the community organizing throughout the country. She was a champion of “free love.” She said that women who disagreed with abolishing the institution of family were selfish. Her belief was:
The worker-mother must learn not to differentiate between yours and mine; she must remember that there are only our children, the children of Russia’s communist workers.
She tasked those under her in the community organizing efforts with setting up operations in towns and villages to: force women to accept the new realities of divorce, abortion, sex neutrality, and free love; and to force women’s political participation.
What were the results of the soviet totalitarian efforts to abolish the family? As quick as a societal firestorm, by the mid 1920s, Russia was plagued with:
a subclass of homeless children, many of whom were already professional criminals or sex perverts;
a subclass of women who had been easily divorced who were fianacially unable to care for their children, many of whom became prostitutes;
easy divorce, fill out some forms and go through a quick official process ; some young men by age twenty having had three or four wives, some men had twenty wives; with a corresponding increase in shelterless children; in one six-month period ten thousand foundlings, by one count for some years over three hundred thousand across Russia;
free, widespread abortion, some girls of twenty having already had three or four;
an increase of women blackmailing sons of well-to-do parents;
women ghettoized into state-mandated jobs and professions;
free love, the ultimate aim of a socialist state, with a woman’s refusal to enter into temporary sex relations being seen as bourgeois prejudice, a societal sin; and
increased crime, many divorces bringing with them discords, feuds, revenge, assault, suicides, and murder.
By the mid 1920s, the totalitarian effort to abolish marriage in Russia was a miserable and abject failure in terms of the damage to society and to individual persons. In one city, Petrograd, in one year 41% of marriages ended in six months, 22% in less than two months, and 11% in less than one month. In some areas divorce rates increased by more than 100 percent. For the first time in European history, the totalitarians passed laws giving the state the power to take children from their parents. Open prostitution was common everywhere.
Russia still today ranks in the top countries in the world for both divorces and abortions (in some years it has the highest abortion rate of all nations). Interestingly, the abortion rate for some years is identical to that for parts of current-day New York City.
Amoral and as atheistic as it was, over the ensuing decades Soviet Russia tried to fix what it had done in the 1920s. The totalitarians, however, refused to discard their erroneous views about human nature, family and marriage. It is no surprise that none of the attempted fixes worked, as was to be expected from a totalitarian regime that denied human nature and denied the essence of the family.
An indirect proof of the truths about family, about human nature, and the correct relationship of family to government, is that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics no longer exists.
Thus will end the current efforts of democratic socialists and other totalitarians to abolish the institution of family. It is only a matter of time.