Skousen & McAtee on the New Communist Man

“He (Marx) visualized a regimented breed of Pavolovian men whose minds could be triggered into immediate action by signals from their Masters. He wanted a race of men who would no longer depend upon free will, ethics, morals or conscience for guidance. Perhaps w/o quite realizing it he was setting out to create a race of human beings conditioned to think like criminals.”

W. Cleon Skousen
The Naked Communist — pg. 1-2

** I read this book about a decade ago but one of the folks in the Church wanted to do a book study on it so I will be skimming it again for the book study. One can never be too familiar with this content.

Note that in order to do this Marx had to believe with the behaviorist psychologist Pavlov that man’s nature was moldable and so did not have a set nature. Marx believed that man was plastic and could be molded into any image he desired. This lack of belief in man having a set nature explains why he believed he could mold what later became called, “The New Communist Man.” This all is contrary to Christianity which teaches that man does indeed have a set nature and in Christianity that is called the “sin nature.”

We should note though that if man refuses Christianity and the ability to have one’s sin nature redeemed then we must say that Marx is absolutely correct. Man without Christ has a sin nature and the Marxist (or any one else) can indeed social engineer fallen man in any direction he desires. Man apart from Christ is a being that is just waiting to either social engineer or to be socially engineered. Only the Biblical Christian can resist this opting to engineered by God’s inspired and inerrant Word.

Consider also that if man no longer has ethics or morals then by definition that man is a criminal. Man who does not believe in transcendent ethics or morals is a man who has no category for right and wrong. This is the definition of a sociopathic criminal. This is also why Marxists are NEVER to be trusted. You simply cannot trust someone who really believes that there are no absolutes. You cannot enter into treaties with them. You cannot trust them “man to man.” You can not think of “the better angels of their nature.” The committed (and even uncommitted) are utter moral reprobates. This is a point that Dr. Fred Schwarz teases out in his book, “You Can Trust the Communists to be Communists.”

Don’t miss the idea of “regimented race of men.” What this means is that Marx desired a race of men who were all the same. He wanted all men absolutely leveled. All distinctions would be wiped out. That is what “regimented” means in the quote above.

Finally, Skousen is far to generous to suggest that Marx didn’t realize what he was doing. If Marx was anything Marx was epistemologically self-conscious. He knew what kind of man he was creating.

Author: jetbrane

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