Dennis Prager has been exposed as a fraud and his PragerU is busy writing the definitive textbook on Tradcon policy, specifically the Nobody Is Left To Care edition. However, a recent series of “Explaining the Left” editorials is useful, in a correctable sense. I’ll focus on the third of the series.
PRAGER: Explaining The Left, Part III: Leftism As Secular Religion
By Dennis Prager, 1 Sept 2018
Prager is right; Leftism is a religion.
Marx saw man’s primary drive as economic, and Freud saw it as sex. But Frankl believed — correctly, in my opinion — that the greatest drive of man is meaning.
Religion, Prager. Not meaning. Prager disagreed with himself in the first three sentences.
The greatest provider of meaning for the vast majority of human beings has been religion. In the West, Christianity (and on a smaller scale, Judaism) provided nearly all people with the Bible, a divine or divinely inspired text to guide their lives; a religious community; answers to life’s fundamental questions; and, above all, meaning: A good God governs the universe; death does not end everything; and human beings were purposefully created. In addition, Christianity gave Christians a project: spread the Good News, and bring the world to Christ. And Judaism gave Jews a project: Live by God’s laws of ethics and holiness and be “a light unto the nations.”
Leftism is the search for meaning APART FROM GOD. “Fuck you, Father God” is its first and only inviolable tenet. Prager himself demonstrates Jewish Leftism here when he claims Judaism gives his people something to do, when in fact it was supposed to give his people Someone to follow.
I can speak for the Christian side about the inanity of “preach the Gospel” Tradcons. My clergy are so hopelessly out of touch that they haven’t even realized that the Great Commission has been completed. Every last corner of the planet has heard about Christ, in every language.
On dark nights, I think that the reason God has abandoned His Church is because we’ve completed our work of evangelism and must now be prevented from acting as the salt of the earth The devil can only rise to power over the Church’s dead body.
All this has disappeared for most Westerners. The Bible is regarded as myth, silly at best, malicious at worst — there is no God, certainly not the morality-giving and judging God of the Bible; there is no afterlife; human beings are a purposeless coincidence with no more intrinsic purpose than anything else in the universe. In short: This Is All There Is.
That didn’t happen in a vacuum, Prager. Many Leftists worked very hard to make God go away. Leftism isn’t filling a new void.
The answer is obvious: Find meaning elsewhere. But where? Church won’t provide it. Nor will marriage and family — increasingly, secular individuals in the West eschew marriage, and even more do not have children. It turns out, to the surprise of many, that marriage and children are religious values, not human instincts. In the West today, love and marriage (and children) go together like a horse and a carriage for faithful Catholics, Orthodox Jews, religious Mormons and evangelical Protestants — not for the secular. I know many religious families with more than four children; I do not know one secular family with more than four children (and the odds are you don’t either).
I’ve met several Chads from the ghettoes. Babies galore! Meanwhile, Prager pretends that marriage is something only the devout would value, when in fact marriage is now a risk that only the devout are forced to endure in obedience to God. Many atheists would love to have a domestic wife and kids; decrees from Pope Judas not required; but marriage is so risky that they prudently shun it. As do I myself.
The answer to the great dearth of meaning left by the death of biblical religion in the West is secular religion. The first two great secular substitutes were communism and Nazism. The first provided hundreds of millions of people with meaning; the latter provided most Germans and Austrians with meaning.
There’s only one substitute for God; the devil. It’s the same reason the only substitute for patriarchy is matriarchy, or the only substitute for order is chaos, or the only substitute for producer is consumer. Religion is a continuum, not a marketplace. Truth exists and religions can be ranked by how close they come to the light. The Leftist ranking is “not at all”.
With the fall of communism and the awareness of the extent of the communist mass murder (about 100 million noncombatants) and mass enslavement (virtually all individuals in communist countries — except for Communist Party leaders — are essentially enslaved), communism, or at least the word “communism,” fell into disrepute.
So, what were secular intellectuals to do once communism became “the god that failed”?
The answer was to create other another left-wing secular religion. And that is what leftism is: a secular meaning-giver to supplant Christianity. Left-wing religious expressions include Marxism, communism, socialism, feminism and environmentalism.
There’s only one left-wing secular religion, although it does re-brand itself occasionally. Don’t pretend your Jews haven’t had more than their share of intellectual Leftists, Prager.
Leftism’s guiding principles — notwithstanding the principles of those Christians and Jews who claim to be religious yet hold leftist views — are the antitheses of Judaism and Christianity’s guiding principles.
Now he’s right again.
…There may be a clash of civilizations between the West and Islam, but the biggest clash of civilizations is between the West and the left.
Now he’s wrong again. There’s no clash between the Left and Islam. They work together to destabilize entire nations. They share dreams of global conquest. They both enjoy raping children and ruling by mob while their handlers enjoy sultan-level comfort. They share the same location “on the spectrum”.
Prager has the Jewish habit of thinking God is a means to a good society. This blinds Prager into thinking that the Leftist error is using a motivation other than God when in fact, the Leftists want to get rid of God as an end in itself. That is how they define a good society. Leftists aren’t unable to have kids, keep promises, live with their neighbors etc…. they’re unwilling, because those habits please God.
The Left is waging a religious war against us Christians and Prager’s “do what brings you ideal results” theology is exactly what the Left is doing.
Why does the Left hate God? Not to fill a void of “meaning”. They hate God for the same reason wifey hates hubby, because she resents all the fun evil she could be doing and thinks she could do a better job, if only she usurps his strength and authority.