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Democracy Must Guard Against the Dangers of Marxist Political Violence

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2022
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(L-R) Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx

Only a few short weeks after the thwarting of the attempted assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and as the world continues to mourn the death of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s great statesman who was assassinated at a campaign event on July 8, it is worthwhile for Americans increasingly concerned about the threat of political violence here at home to reflect on the fact that history has much to teach us about political violence. Americans, of course, immediately think of Lincoln, but in modern times of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, or his brother Bobby in Los Angeles. We often forget that with both Kennedys, their killers were deeply motivated by Marxism-Leninism and were sympathizers with and believers in that ideology. The media too often finds that fact inconvenient to reflect on, and so rarely does. But another example of Marxist-inspired political violence from the 1970s, though perhaps less well-known, also drew considerable attention at the time and has essential lessons for us now – the kidnapping and murder of Italian Premier Aldo Moro. A brief description of Moro’s life and legacy is instructive for how this pattern of Marxist violence is a truly global phenomenon that democratic nations everywhere must be watchful of.

Moro rose to prominence during a turbulent time in Italy in the decades following World War II. Born to a family of five in the small, impoverished town of Maglie in the country’s southeast region, he learned an ethos of hard work, respect for the dignity of human life, and appreciation for education early from his father, a school inspector, and his mother, a teacher.

Moro studied law in the city of Bari, graduating in 1939. Throughout his time in school, he intensified his devotion to his Catholic faith and developed a friendship with Father Giovanni Battista Montini – the future Pope Paul VI.

With the outbreak of World War II, Moro served in the Italian military before helping to bring about the downfall of the regime of Benito Mussolini in 1943.

Following Mussolini’s ouster, Moro, along with other Christian democratic political leaders, helped form the Christian Democracy, a Catholic-inspired political party determined to rebuild Italy on a solidly Christian and democratic basis after the destruction wrought on the country by radically secular fascism and war. Moro would eventually rise to become the leader of the party and serve as Premier of Italy five separate times, the first in 1963.

As Italy’s top politician, Moro based his governance around the principles that he and Montini had discussed so many years ago. Both Moro and Montini shared Pope Pius XII’s view that the Marxist doctrines of class warfare and the abolition of private property were an insidious threat to the moral and spiritual base of society, indeed with destructive potential akin to fascism.

Moro’s philosophy is perhaps described best in his lecture titled “The Problem of Life,” which explores the freedom of the individual, a topic fascists and Marxists avoided. The Problem of Life discussed the concept of natural law, which Moro called the “profound law of truth.” As Moro explained, the law of truth is ingrained in every person’s conscience, urging them to abandon their ego and focus on the good of others. Through this, every person realizes that he or she is free to do good. The only authentic freedom, he concluded, was the freedom derived from this truth, which was directly opposed to the evils of Marxism.

With this philosophy as a guide, and through pragmatic decision-making and commitment to traditional religious principles, Moro became a crucial political force who helped weaken Marxist influence in Europe, paving the way for the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

Throughout his time in power, Moro decried Soviet persecution of Catholic figures in particular – something which earned him the ire of a small but militant faction of Communists in Italy known as the Red Brigade. From the group’s inception, their goal was to destroy Christianity and Christian Democrats in particular, whom they believed to be the foremost obstacle to the “formation of the revolutionary state.”

On March 16, 1978, a group of Red Brigade members stopped a two-car convoy that was carrying Moro on his way to discussions about the formation of a new government. After killing his five bodyguards, they kidnapped Moro and held him hostage. The group made demands that the government release 13 members of the Red Brigade who were on trial in Turin. The government refused. The terrorists conducted a show-trial to portray Moro as a fascist and restated their plan to initiate class warfare across Europe according to the tenets of Marxism. After 54 days in captivity, Moro was murdered, and his body was abandoned on the streets of Rome.

Pope Paul VI – Moro’s old friend – remarked after his death that the tolerance of Marxism in the public square would turn Western societies, once the teacher of civilization, into a helpless witness of revived barbarism. His remark – and the lessons of Moro’s killing – resonate today, as the world continues to confront the threat of Marxist violence.

Just as the Red Brigade targeted Moro in large part for his religious philosophy, religious institutions in the United States have come under relentless attack from left-wing elements in recent years. Following the leaking of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, churches and pro-life organizations and crisis pregnancy centers – the majority of which are affiliated with Christian groups – experienced a wave of violence, suffering at least 40 such attacks.

The Justices who signed on to the decision were also subject to threats of violence, many specifically citing the supposed religious basis for their decision. At least two organizations, “Ruth Sent Us” and “ShutDownDC,” searched with social media for information about their location. ShutDownDC even offered a bounty for the location of justices in public, even after Justice Kavanaugh was the target of an assassination attempt.

The BLM organization – which has explicit Marxist roots – also fueled the summer riots of 2020, which saw the lives of conservative politicians threatened and dozens of church firebombings, religious statue demolitions, and anti-Christian graffiti. It is no stretch to say that BLM riots were in many ways a reflection of what the Red Brigade hoped to accomplish in Italy through their terrorist acts.

These acts of violence have one purpose – scaring religious groups and individuals into silence so as to remove the greatest barrier to the spread of Marxist ideology within a society. Those who would tear down religion in the United States hope to turn the country from one based on Judeo-Christian values and principles to a radically secular society completely alien to the American Spirit.

In whatever form it appears, Marxism inevitably leads to suffering, violence, and the destruction of civilized society. That is why all freedom-loving peoples – especially the Christian churches – should continue to guard against the pernicious spread of this ideology, lest these acts of violence become more widespread in the years to come.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Glenn
Glenn
2 years ago

A very good read. The history has a way of repeating itself time and time again. Marxism begins with spouting “good intentions” and winds up with a government totally controlling all subservient lives.

Ted Konfederak
Ted Konfederak
2 years ago

Excellent read. History is a great teacher!

Sid
Sid
2 years ago

Marxism hasn’t changed in 150 years

Jack Wood
Jack Wood
2 years ago

Very good history lesson I wasn’t aware of back then. Very pertinent to todays political issues.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Would Karl Marx recognize China’s new communism?

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Marxism has always leveraged violence and murder as part of its arsenal of weapons to get their way. If the public cannot be lulled into surrendering their rights and freedoms by empty promises of unlimited free stuff, Marxist have no problem using the alternate approach of violence and murder to get what they want. History is littered with numerous examples of both approaches.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of society, as a whole, to be constantly on guard for anyone singing the siren song of socialism and to deal with the threat in a direct and expedient manner. Choosing to ignore the threat just enables Marxism to gain a foothold and grow stronger over time.

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

I’ve been constantly hearing the term NEW LIBERAL ORDER? It’s definitely a Marxist and globalist phrase that’s disturbing and disgusting to use in our country or anywhere else in the world. The progressive socialist and I’m not exactly sure how to explain our new situation right now. There’s no doubt our corrupt president has gone completely woke and is marching with these crazed globalist elites, he’s been to the new world order conference meetings with all the leftist socialist progressive’s and I sure agrees with CLAUSE SCHWAB (a very dangerous and extremely powerful hater of our country and constitution) . All these happenings lately perfectly falling into place is definitely no coincidence. Our energy sector being sabotaged, our economy falling into a black hole. Capitalism being destroyed so huge union contracts are going to only certain leftist contractors, private small contractors aren’t seeing any of this multi trillion dollar stimulus money! And a Marxist BLM and Antifa still lurking life wolves ready to destroy anything and everything in there way. All funded by GEORGE SOROS and his posse . I could go on for days but I have a life to enjoy! Be well everyone and GOD BLESS AMERICA

TheHoneyBadger
TheHoneyBadger
2 years ago

Marx really wasn’t very creative considering that the tenants of socialism and communism go at least as far back as Ancient Egypt or even before Noah. It’s the plan that Lucifer puts forth again, and again, and again……only with new paint and a nice wax job each time.

MARSHA Parker Britton
MARSHA Parker Britton
2 years ago

Excellent article.
I was surprised Martin Luther King was left out when writing about assassinations in 60s. Mentions the Kennedys but not MLK. We have to include all people in our history.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Assassination is a necessary element to control people to the extent the top-dogs can remain as dictators in the Marxist style of Communism … like all variations of Communism. I repeat … term limits for Congressmen and high-office holder & cabint heads in the Exec (e.g., IRS, CIA, FBI, etc). Many if not most tend to get various levels of feeling they are God when allowed to govern too long … that is their motivation to GOVERN begins to be tainted with the desire to RULE.

Michael J
Michael J
2 years ago

Is there any wonder that the left wouldn’t want a populace to be armed to resist their hypocrisy and tyranny?
Marxism, communism, fascism and socialism have at least one thing in common – a subjugated population. Controlling all facets of life without providing any meaningful way to self-reliance is a tried and failed model of the aforementioned run society. These self proclaiming governments keeps their subjects under life or death control if or until they would rise up under the weight of a tyrants atrocities. Relearning what was imposed in the past and repeating the same old lessons seems to be society’s down fall.

Nick
Nick
2 years ago

So THIS is the site I go to to find people who believe that Oswald was the actual killer? Never would have guessed.

Bill T
Bill T
2 years ago

The recent assassination of the Japanese leader (a true conservative leader for the people) being shot dead at point blank range is extremely suspicious, how could they let an armed killer get directly behind him and with a wide open target from 15 feet away put a 10 gauge shotgun slug thru him? It’s not possible, but if there communist enemies are somehow put there with some assistance from the Japanese leftist party?

JEFFREY JONES
JEFFREY JONES
2 years ago

Exterminate marxism, socialism nazism, and all other America haters for a free U.S.A.!

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
2 years ago

There are many reasons why history is no longer taught in our schools, but chief among them is that the powers-that-be do not want anyone to know the truth about the past or learn from the lessons of history. Since the time of The French Revolution, which was the time of the birth of the modern “Left,” well more than 95% of all political violence has been committed by the Left. And the reason is simple: the policies of the Left are anti-freedom and anti-individual, and so are rarely able to gain majority support no matter the country. So in order to attain (and in some cases, seize) power, the Left must engage in ever-increasing violence until circumstances are such that they can take power. Evil ideology followed by evil people.

Stuart E Fiedler, PE
Stuart E Fiedler, PE
2 years ago

2004 CAAttyGen, VP ‘Border Zar KHARRIS + CAGovASchwartzenigger = CARevTaxCode19280;
Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein (Who WORKED ON 19280, …)
codes.findlaw.com/ca/revenue-and-taxation-code/rtc-sect-19280.html
PISSED OFFÍf CAL 19280 is CA LAW, how is it ENACTED?  
WHY isn’t 19280 taught CA K-12, USA, WORLD?
Juvenile criminal(S) PARENTS are FINANCIALLY LIABLE ($$$) to CA Franchise Tax Board (CFTB, IRS, …)who COLLECTS on VICTIM(S) BEHALF BILLS CRIMINAL CFTB collection burden, PLUS expenses, pain, suffering … (CA Judicial Corruption – 19280 (FB))  

WOULD PARENT MANAGE KIDS IF 19280 AWARE? 
BETTER MANAGED, TAUGHT kids …
FEWER CRIMINALS = FEWER VICTIMS?  LESS SUFFERING

BETTER CA?  USA?  WORLD?

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

We now have generations that are ignorant of history sheltered from facts of life living in a bubble or cocoon totally oblivious to reality, not equipped to survive that which they are demanding

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Then shut down the colleges & Univs or those schools within
Nationwide

mark
mark
2 years ago

Most of our large cities and some small ones , that are run by the Marxist Demorats , that have done away with any reason not to commit the crimes that you talk about here , Ga. is one of the many states that has not been taken over completely by them , but they are pushing hard to overturn that with all the,,, HATE AMERICA ,, billion airs ,, backing them ,, WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO GET OUT AND VOTE,,

Morbious
Morbious
2 years ago

The media successfully painted oswald as a right wing stooge. To this day, many believe he was anything but what he actually was, a communist sympathizer. Theres a central problem in dealing with the far left with Christian and Catholic sensibilities and that is an unwillingness to face what real solutions look like and then to support those who would act. Why do we elect rinos other than because we’re not really serious about confronting communism.

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

Violence is the vehicle by which the Marxist gain control, the only way you combat Marxism, is by counter violence, you cannot stop it by appeasement or complacency, you must confront it head on! “Those that beat their Swords in to Plow Shears, Plow for those who don’t”.

DeEnna Matthews
DeEnna Matthews
2 years ago

Violence is going on all over the country. Until we get local and national non-Marxist political leaders, there is no hope of getting the violence under control. Unfortunately, the NEA has been responsible for not teaching truths and the generations lost in this horrible educational experiment are unwilling to hear truths from conservative politicians.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

This violence is going to continue. America’s thug Commies told us it would. As the elite thugs all over the world work to take away our food, and homes, and freedom, these evil things already told us when the food runs out in their cities, they WILL COME FOR US.
I took money and bought two more guns and not enough ammo. That’s the best I can do in their declared war on us.
They won’t strip us of our belief in God, though. But they may die trying…..

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

A Great article which frames today’s marxist democrat party and exposes exactly what destructive ,anti American playbook they follow.
These are immoral,corrupt,divisive and hateful marxist democrat politicians and their failed policies of which they lie to an unintelligent group of followers.
THROW THEM OUT – SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!
These people are evil and care only about monet and power.
Enemies of Real American Citizens.
BYE BYE YOU LOSERS

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

No question, from my perspective that religion, particularly Christian, has been under duress for the past cantury in the U.S… and progressively this has increased over time to the point today that most Americans are neither religious or Christian, and could care less about church or faith or true democracy. This has been actively and covertly carried out across the culture via, schools, higher education, media and entertainment and yes, even Christian (supposedly) groups and churches that have allowed their doctrines to be diluted and even reversed. The great warning from the Bible still stands….we are not at war with flesh and blood, but with the powers of darkness….specifically, Satan.
Yes, it is bad and will continue to grow worse…..it’s the consequence of a people giving up on and rejecting the one who created all things. Yet there will be a remnant, as history shows, of the faithful who will continue…..to that last day when they will join the saints in heaven…..sadly, more people will NOT make it to heaven, than will…..and that’s not a judgment, it’s a reality of the present age.

David Neal
David Neal
2 years ago

Thank you for this history lesson and showing the connection then and now with Marxism. I believe that many in America today, are ignorant of world history and therefore fail to see the similarities between now and then. We need to be reminded. We need to be challenged. We need to do better. Or, we will lose the natural rights our forefathers spoke of and the liberty and pursuit of happiness they proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Thank you, again!

Splish_Splash
Splish_Splash
2 years ago

DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE ISSUE – PLEASE STOP LETTING THE DEM’S CONTROL THE NARRATIVE T H E . . I S S U E . . I S .. T HE . .R E P U B L I C . . T H A T . . T H E . . I S S U E !

George L
George L
2 years ago

Democracy??
DEMOCRACY?!?!

where is that word Democracy used in the Constitution?

Arent we a Constitutional Republic??

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

The progressive democrat party is urging violence and backed by people like Soros. They hope to gain complete control over everything. Unfortunately, most people today do not read a newspaper or listen to worthwhile news. People have become lazy and not willing to fight for what they believe but instead look to the government to give them handouts.

Kathryn N Charlton
Kathryn N Charlton
2 years ago

WOW ,, AND AS IT GET XLOSER TO ELECTION TIME HE WILL DABBLE AT THE RIPOFF HE HAS DONE AND THE CAN TELL PEOPLE HE CORREDTED EVERYTHIG AND LAY THE SEE WHAT A GOOD BOY I M GAME!

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