What we’re facing here is nothing new. Marxism has always taught that the nuclear family – father, mother and children – must be eradicated. It is, according to Marx and Engels, both a result of capitalism and designed to perpetuate it. Wealth passed down through family lines ensures class divisions continue. Patriarchy (through marriage) maintains the oppression of women and children, as they have less control over resources and are therefore less powerful.
In a truly Marxist society, family must go – or at least family as defined as father, mother and their children.
To destroy family, one must first undermine or weaken that unique and powerful bond between husband and wife, and put a wedge between children and parents. Sexual experimentation is encouraged by the State – the goal is to bring an end to monogamy – all in the name of freedom and equality.
And if the objective is that all men and women be equal labourers, and all in the workforce, women need to be taught to ignore maternal bonds with their newborn babies, so they can return to work as soon as possible after birth. Abortion on demand also diminishes those bonds, and women taught this is their “right” allowing them greater access to the “freedoms” men already enjoy.
Any children of course need to be educated by the state, not by parents, to ensure “equality” of opportunity and learning.
Marxism also teaches that religion – any belief in a higher being with authority must also be disregarded – religion is after all “the opium of the people” and will be irrelevant in a classless, egalitarian society. Marxism despises free enterprise (small and big business) because it reduces dependence on the state, allows for incentives to work harder and for profits, which mean some will earn more than others – and that’s just not “equal.”
Until now Australia has recognised any acceptance of Marxism actually results in a loss of freedoms – freedoms of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom to disagree. While continuing to crow about equality, new masters emerge soon enough. As Orwell warned, “All are equal but some are more equal than others.”
Aren’t those words particularly poignant now as “equality” is demanded on every corner – including equal love and marriage equality?
The problem here is that there are a few flies in the ointment – not all of us like Marxism, we don’t agree with the old “equality and freedom” arguments and we hold other worldviews.
Judaism and Christianity for example see the family unit not as a threat or an enemy, but as the foundational building block of society.
They value the unique bond between a man and a woman which is powerful enough to produce new life (the only relationship which can). They consider that bond sacred and to the exclusion of all others – something to be held in high esteem and in a special place in the community.
Marriage then is seen as a covenant commitment for life which is meant to tie husband to wife and wife to husband – father to mother and mother to father, and both to their children… even to their grandchildren for life. In this worldview, marriage and family are not seen as enemies to be annihilated but as imperatives for a healthy society. Those of us who hold to that view still believe strong families make strong communities make strong nations – that mothering matters and fathering matters, and if possible children do best with both in healthy homes.
These particular worldviews teach not dependence upon state, but dependence upon God, as well as personal responsibility. The Judeo-Christian work ethic teaches those who can work should work, and those who wish to work longer and harder should enjoy the rewards that brings. At the same time there should be provision made for those who cannot work.
Equality should exist because of the intrinsic value of every human being, being made in the image of God. All people, despite their differences should be worthy of love. Followers are taught it is not enough to love God and to love our family, but we are to love our neighbour, who is often very different to us.
In our society today there are many other smaller cultural and religious views, but until now our nation has been predominantly Christian – and has identified and rejected Marxism at every turn…
It remains to be seen if we will continue to do so, but from where I sit a litmus test will be whether Australians will recognise what is truly at stake in the next few weeks. Will they vote against marriage and family as we have always known it, in favour of the promise of a brave new world? I hope not.
In any case, as for me and my house, we’ll be voting ‘No’.
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Julie achieved her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Queensland after completing her undergrad in Social Work at James Cook University. Among many other occupations of her time, Julie is a successful mother, wife, social commentator and a counselor for women and couples with an unplanned pregnancy.