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With these forces of evil, according to the settled Corbynista view, no compromise is possible. Corbyn himself, flanked by his cohort of resurgent trade unionists and his army of faithful young followers, is the unlikely messianic figure holding out the promise of salvation, now reconceived in secular terms as a society in which unlimited welfare would be available to all.

The question is: how is it that this gnostic clique of true believers, enthusiasts for an uncompromising socialist vision of society that has time and again demonstrated its abject record of failure, could possibly have captured Her Majesty’s Opposition and become plausible contenders for power? Undoubtedly, political factors, often mentioned, such as the failure of the Conservative Party to continue to make the moral case for conservatism, is part of the answer. But only part of it. It does not explain why, for example, for the first time ever, Labour could be controlled by a faction that is plainly unpatriotic, caring little for the country’s traditions and institutions and making common cause with its enemies. Nor does it explain why a political discourse that has become so poisonously adversarial should have been rewarded with such apparent success.

To explain this, we need to dig deeper, into the tectonic cultural shifts that have been taking place below the surface in Britain for several generations now. We need again to look at religion. For there can be no doubt that the background of what we have identified as a revival of modern gnostic trends has much to do with the spiritual vacuum created by the decline of traditional religion.

The young who are hankering after Corbyn are not so much economically as spiritually undernourished. The latest iPhone or trinket they can easily buy online is simply not enough to satisfy their emotional or psychological needs. They ask for bread; but all they have been offered are stones.

Within living memory, we can point to two major trends, closely associated with the decline of traditional religion, and both of which have hastened the arrival of what can only be described as a new religious dispensation.

First is the virtual abolition of the distinction between Church and State, once considered a constitutional pillar of our liberties. The Church had influence; the State had power. The distinction meant that there was a large sphere of social networks inspired by the Judaeo-Christian heritage and built on trust, common morality and self-regulation, where there was very little need for the State to legislate or interfere.

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Alex Bensky
February 20th, 2018
3:02 PM
Sabermetrics is an aspect of baseball study whose goal is "the search for objective truth about baseball." It's basic questions are these: "I have always believed X to be true. If X is true, what should I see? If I don't see that, what evidence explains what I do see?" I love that line above, "[a]ny kind of leftist movement strives to create equality..." If this were true, since we have dozens of examples of leftism put in power, we would expect to see resulting societies that have greater equality, production so everyone can live at a decent basic level, and so forth. With the possible exception of the Scandinavian countries, the evidence is that this is not the result of leftism but instead oppression, a general lowering of economic standards--except for the nomenclatura--and a substantial if not total loss of freedom. Certainly the regimes that Corbyn openly admires have not created what the credulous poster above thinks should happen.

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November 9th, 2017
4:11 PM
Marxism and the labour movement is not dualistic. It acknowledges that people have within them qualities that lead to creating inequality and with our current economical and political system these qualities are awarded with wealth. Any kind of leftist movement strives to create equality and believes that humanity fundamentally wants good for the community and with created proper conditions by redistributing the wealth and means of production everyone in the world would be able to live with enough commodities and as equal members of society.

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