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Our Christmas Heroes Are All Actually Socialists

Pop Cultural Marxism. Inaugurating a new feature.

by
Dave Swindle

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December 4, 2013 - 2:32 pm

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The image above is an example of one of the most popular — and least analyzed forms of political expression today that barely existed a few years ago but today subtly shapes perceptions among low-information voters.

With Facebook, now so-called “memes” — combinations of text and images usually with a pop culture reference or snark to grab attention and no author or source — now shape political and cultural attitudes among the ignorant. This one was promoted on Facebook by the “Being Liberal” Facebook page which has 899,376 likes. (Encouragement: “Being Conservative” has 2.75 million likes. “Being a Socialist” has 12,636. Or make that 12,637. I just liked the page.)

As Susan L.M. Goldberg wrote about on Sunday in her continued discussion of Ion Mihai Pacepa’s Disinformation, the ideology that asserts that Jesus of Nazareth was actually a socialist and the proper practice of Christianity requires the support of Marxist regimes is called Liberation Theology and it was cooked up in a KGB disinformation lab as a tool for duping people into embracing Marxism.

As I continue my studies into the history of Marxism and the ideology’s pernicious effect on past, present, and future, I’m going to try and do more to show how these messages have been downgraded into the low-brow, cultural realm by highlighting more of this propaganda and identifying its roots. So I’ve decided to fill my Facebook feed with even more progressive junk than it already has. Here are the half dozen Facebook meme outposts I’ve just subscribed to for starters:

Liberal And Proud Of It

Americans Against the Tea Party

Conservatives Are Destroying Our Future

Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens Against Republicans & The Tea Party

I really laughed out loud. Yes, by all means, let’s have some generational cultural warfare. Tea Party Millennials and Conservative Gen-Xers vs Boomer Liberals and Silent Generation Socialists.

Occupy Wall St.

Americans Against The Republican Party

Where else should I watch? See some blending of pop culture and Marxism that I should keep an eye on? Send me examples of memes and stories at:

PopCulturalMarxism[@]gmail.com

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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Jesus is a libertarian

There is no such thing as Santa Claus (and the original Saint Nicholas exercised his personal liberty to use his personal wealth to provide a dowry for a group of daughters to save them from prostitution.)

George Bailey was a banker persecuted by the government.

Scrooge was a capitalist and remained so setting wages of his own choosing and using his personal wealth to provide a goose for the Cratchits.

The Grinch is a reformed thief who repented of his anti-Christmas atheism.

Charlie Brown is a Republican voter forever expecting Lucy to hold the football.

So there.


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"Christianity, as a late writer has pointed out in words well chosen,* is the only system of socialism which commends it self as having a rational basis, and its founder the most practical teacher of it that the world has ever seen. " The aim of all socialism is the securing of equality in the social condition of mankind, and if equality is to be secured at all it will be secured only by changing the hearts of men, and never by setting to work, in the first instance, upon the conditions." But the present impulse of socialism is not Christian, but rather one willing to put an end to Christianity. And it is a system of machinery, like the kingdom of a tyrant, not of souls, like that of Christ. Now the Christian system did not rest on force at all. It was communistic, but not socialistic, as the word is properly used; for its very essence was the freedom of the individual will. "
The Ethics of Democracy by F.J. Stimson. Scribner's Magazine (1887)
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Oh, good grief! I can't stand it! to quote the manic depressive............

Marx was a confirmed Lutheran. Mr Engels was a low-church pietist. They both went atheist, but what they believed was as visible in their churched-up phase, as in their atheist phase.

As a respectable Protestant, Mr Marx looked down in ignorant, hick Catholics from the sticks. If I actually cared, I could still sneer at the new pope and his wretched South American economics prof- priest as gullible country bumpkins unfamiliar with the ways of city finance.

They're trying to class up the jernt with big words, but the critique is "they are peasants." That was the critique then, that's the critique now, it still can sting.

Liberation Theology is a bad joke foisted by Protestants onto Catholic peasants trying to be smart. It's almost as painful as Muslims claiming veiling is original to Islam.

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Jesus is a libertarian

There is no such thing as Santa Claus (and the original Saint Nicholas exercised his personal liberty to use his personal wealth to provide a dowry for a group of daughters to save them from prostitution.)

George Bailey was a banker persecuted by the government.

Scrooge was a capitalist and remained so setting wages of his own choosing and using his personal wealth to provide a goose for the Cratchits.

The Grinch is a reformed thief who repented of his anti-Christmas atheism.

Charlie Brown is a Republican voter forever expecting Lucy to hold the football.

So there.


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Ha!
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LOL! Your second-to-the-last line made my evening! I actually had time to wonder what you were going to say about Charlie Brown's politics, and was not expecting that one -- but how true!

Thanks for the laugh!
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Thank you, :-)
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