Posted on Mon Jun 14th, 2004 at 01:19:53 PM EST
Visiting Feuerbach and Marx again in the Epoch of Global Fascism
In Honour of Che Guevara.
By Franz J. T. Lee
Ché Guevara underlined that the duty of all real, true revolutionaries, "is to make the revolution", to act (práxis) and to think (theory) it. In time, this implies also to warn the comrades about mortal ideological dangers, no matter how delicate they may be, even touching "forbidden fruits" and "sacred cows".
Similarly, it became necessary for the Hegelian Left, the radical democrats, among them, Feuerbach, Marx and Engels, also to get things straight with religion, with ideology, with the famous Faustian "Gretchenfrage", before they could present the Communist Manifesto to the world proletariat, a conditio sine qua non to develop their own revolutionary práxis and theory, as Negation within the Global System.
Let us pay Feuerbach and Marx once more a short cordial visit, to see the quintessence of the warning of Heinz Dieterich concerning the Roman Catholic oligarchs in Venezuela, to see what is the fundamental problem of the current Bolivarian Revolution, at a decisive stage of its historic development in Venezuela, Latin America, and the rest of the exploited, oppressed world.
Surely, the Conquista with its ruling class religion had introduced Roman Catholicism into Latin America, not to convert "savages" into "Children of God", but for the sake of colonial rapine, rampage and pillage. It was used as "opium" for the "natives" to make them docile and pacific, to make their horrible, terrible colonial existence tolerable. European monotheistic, patriarchal, absolutist religion was converted into "the sigh of the oppressed creature", into"the heart of a heartless world", into "the soul of soulless conditions" (Marx).
As we ought to know, two European thinkers have analysed the very quintessence of Christianity and modern Western, monotheistic religions. To understand historically the global religious impact in ideology, mind and thought control, very briefly, I will summarize the main ideas of Feuerbach and Marx.
The 19th-century German philosopher and moralist, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, was born on July 28, 1804, in Landshut, Bavaria, now a Province of Germany. He died on September 13, 1872 in Rechenberg, Germany. He was the fourth son of the famous jurist Paul von Feuerbach. His father forced him to study Theology, but soon he abandoned this career, and in Berlin became a student of Philosophy under the guidance of the famous German philosopher Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel. He studied Natural Science, and he showed great interest in topics like death and immortality. In 1828, he began to study natural science at the University of Erlangen, and two years later, he anonymously published his first book, Gedanken über Tod und Unsterblichkeit (“Thoughts on Death and Immortality”). He attacked the idea of personal immortality, explaining, that after death, all individual human qualities are being reabsorbed into the Cosmos, into Nature. This means that already very early in his life, Feuerbach was an atheist, a materialist, attacking religious Mind Control.
In fact, already before 1840, he wrote:
“that Christianity has in fact long
vanished not only from the reason
but from the life of mankind, that
it is nothing more than a fixed idea.”
This idea was developed in his work, Über Philosophie und Christentum (1839; “On Philosophy and Christianity”). But already in his Abälard und Heloise (1834) and Pierre Bayle (1838), he was introducing these themes. This critique of Religion was epitomized in his titanic work: Das Wesen des Christentums (1841; The Essence of Christianity). In this work, he formulated the theory, that “man” is to himself his own object of thought, and that Religion is nothing more than a “consciousness” of the Infinite. His starting point was to analyse the “true or anthropological essence of religion.” As “anthropological essence”, he portrayed God “as a being of understanding,” “as a moral being or law”, in nuce, as “ love.” It’s as simple as all that, God Is Love! But the true consequence of this view is the idea that God is merely the extensive self-projection of man’s intensive nature. In other words, Man, Big Brother, the Illuminati, is the creator of God, and not vice versa. Religion is a fantastic mental invention of Man The Ruler; of course, these “innovations” include a “free trial” of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, and some “shareware”, i.e., its myriad of souls, spirits, angels, saints and popes.
We need not study medieval life, in order to note how these were utilized to control the minds of the impoverished serfs and peasants. Until today, globally, these sickening spectres spook around in our minds. They keep us in “good spirit”, they keep our “spirit high”. As bourgeois liberation, Feuerbach suggested that Man should reappropriate his essence, which he had ripped from himself by hypostatizing it in the fantastic religious idea of God. This explanation of religion is so obvious, yet billions just cannot grasp its emancipatory essence; they prefer to clothe their dear “souls” in foggy, smogy array.
Abandoning Hegelianism and attacking religious orthodoxy, Feuerbach stated expressis verbis, that the God of Christianity is an Illusion! Of course, Marx criticized this strange materialism in his famous Thesen über Feuerbach (written 1845/46). Besides, Feuerbach published other works, like Theogonie (1857) and Gottheit, Freiheit, und Unsterblichkeit (1866; “God, Freedom, and Immortality”).
What then did Feuerbach consider “consciousness” to be? This question is extremely important for education, for conscientization, for emancipation -- for class consciousness, for historic consciousness, for revolutionary práxis and theory. For Feuerbach, which are the basic elements of Consciousness, that either could generate Mind Control, or resist it? Well, the answer is a full dose of orgonic, erotic tranquillizers: Reason, Will and Love. What a remarkable Trinity! A Mighty One! Concentration, Centralization, Globalization. For sure, such an Emancipatory Trinity could blow the Illuminati off the Information Highway, out of the Milky Way.
However, the Encyclopaedia Britannica gives us the following summary of the essence of this philosophic issue:
“Feuerbach interpreted the Christian mysteries as symbols of the alienation of human properties absolutized as divine attributes, and he criticized the contradictions of theology that are found in such concepts as God, the Trinity, the sacraments, and faith. Man’s reappropriation of his essence from such religious alienation is consummated in the “new religion” of humanity, of which the supreme principle is that “man is God to man.”
However, as we can witness now already, in globalization, in the ideology of US global fascism, there is in the making a “new religion”, "mind and thought control", that affirms new crusades, new wars, new religious “symbols” and other holy “mysteries”. The Holy Father, the Pope, knows when to bless the invasion of Iraq, and under which conditions, also how and when to receive a Christian global murderer like Bush. This is not impiety, not blasphemy, it is simply stark reality in our epoch.
Feuerbach proposed that God was the extension of human aspirations. Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and others held similar views. For Christians, God is Sustainer, Creator and Judge! Of course, many thinkers and writers protested against these justifications of God. Literature, drama and plays are full of examples in which writers, although influenced by Christian culture, attack such justifications. A classical example can be found in the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s treatment of the misery of children in The Brothers Karamazov.
Now concerning prayer, an important instrument of religious mind and thought control, which was and still is being practised across the globe, the very Feuerbach remarked:
“The most intimate essence of religion is revealed by the most simple religious act: prayer.”
In evolutionary terms, in temporal-spatial parameters, historically, prayer appears to be neither universally progressive nor progressively regressive. Whether mystical, ceremonial or personal, always prayer expresses the individual or collective experience of the unknown, of cosmic mystery, that inspires or threatens the dependent, defenceless “creature”, it corners him/her, but also surpasses his/her imagination; however, by means of prayer, (s)he tries to seek and to establish a dialogue with the transcendental or supernatural. These sacred, authentic, original sentiments, feelings and emotions of the peoples of the so-called "Third World", of Latin America, of Venezuela, that President Chávez so eloquently expresses in his information "cadenas", were used and abused, were violated by European colonial conquest, avarice, megalomania and brutality, by means of Christian conversion, education and dissocialization, they were canalized into the epicenter of a real "mental holocaust", for which nobody claims reparation.
Their inherent loving, emancipatory humanity was progressively destroyed across the centuries, and knowledge, thinking and thought were converted into ruling class revelations and beliefs.
Within capitalist production, workers' sentiments, emotions and feelings were converted into Christmas gifts, became thing-relations, consumer products, became strychnine for revolutionary práxis and theory. Here in Venezuela, from this platform the current info war, the disinformation campaigns of Bush and his "opposition" lackeys are being launched; from this trampoline, the four "stormtroopers of the apocalypse" are launching their vicious attacks against the Bolivarian Revolution. This is why Marx emphasized that all criticism must begin with religious critique.
In Orwellian "Newspeak" style, exactly the human thinking faculty, Mind and Thought Control, that is "Globospeak", is destroying, perverting it, deviating it towards economic consumption, social perversion and mental slavery. By rote, prayer inculcates Mind Control in the very “soul”. The young religious Marx had his first “critical” experience when he met Hegel in Berlin. At first, the Christian Marx felt Hegel as being “sickening”; in fact, — he really became ill, — and the reason, in a letter to his father, he gave as follows: “from intense vexation at having to make an idol of a view I detested.” In other words, Marx had a similar reaction, like any staunch Chritian will have, who reads this article for the first time, and still sees atheist demons everywhere.
Later, Marx began to study religious realities and functions and joined the “Doctor Club” of the Young Hegelians, who were moving towards atheism, and there he was “converted” into a “Feuerbachian”. Now again, let the Encyclopaedia Britannica tell us about Marx’s critique of Hegel, aided by the philosophy of Feuerbach:
“To Marx’s mind, (Feuerbach) successfully criticized Hegel, an idealist who believed that matter or existence was inferior to and dependent upon mind or spirit, from the opposite, or materialist, standpoint, showing how the “Absolute Spirit” was a projection of “the real man standing on the foundation of nature.” Henceforth Marx’s philosophical efforts were toward a combination of Hegel’s dialectic — the idea that all things are in a continual process of change resulting from the conflicts between their contradictory aspects — with Feuerbach’s materialism, which placed material conditions above ideas.”
What did Marx say about Religion?
“Man makes religion, religion does not make man, religion is indeed man’s self-consciousness and self-awareness as long as he has not found his feet in the universe. ... Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point’d honneur, its enthusiasm, ... It is the fantastic realization of the human being inasmuch as the human being possesses no true reality. The struggle against religion is therefore indirectly a struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.” And now, here is Marx’s precise definition of religion: “Religious suffering is at the same time an expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
Allow me, just to add: “It’s the democratic prozac of, by and for the people!”
AFTER CENTURIES OF RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION, HOW LITTLE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE REAL WORLD
Let us recollect some wise statements:
"Everything that comes into existence, merits to pass away.” (Hegel)
“Seek for thy noble father in the dust: Thou know’st ’tis common, — all that live must die, Passing through nature to eternity.” (The Queen) “Ay, madam, it is common.” (Hamlet)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet)
“Unsere heutige Wissenschaft kratzt nur die Oberfläche der Wirklichkeit an. Was sich darunter befindet, wissen wir nicht.” (Physiker Harald Lesch auf “Space Night”)
“Our contemporary natural science just scratches the surface of reality. Of what is below, we do not have the foggiest idea.” (Physicist Harald Lesch in “Space Night”)
In contrast, let us now look at real danger facing Venezuela, that a religious mind cannot fathom, cannot combat, that is, the electro-magnetic arms that the USA could use, should it intervene violently in Venezuela.
What we -- the general public -- get as the “latest” inventions and discoveries, even in schools and universities, are just the obsolete, rotten crumbs, the inutile saw-dust, falling from the warlord’s experiment table. There exists such a profound inculcation, an authoritarian, totalitarian trust not only in God and the $, but in everything that flows around in newspeak, in what we were taught to be serious mass communication media, scientific journals and philosophic reviews.
For example, since years, we informed about weatherwarfare, climatic warfare, about HAARP, but, who really bothers to inform her/himself about this all? Of 6 billion, who knows anything about this advanced war technology, how it is being applied, why, and what are the effects? Such projects do not only exist in Alaska, constructed by the US Army, but elsewhere — in Arecibo, Dushanbe, Gorkcity, Tromso, Monchegorsk, Sura, and who knows where too! In the Berlin Airport Tempelhof, Schroeder and Joschka have their own private HAARP!
Who knows anything about ELF-Waves? How to defend oneself against them? Because their frequency lies under 100 Hz, that the brain also uses, all sorts of experiments are being made, to influence our very feelings, emotions and thoughts. Big Brother controls our very bodily organs, directs our health or sickness. These waves can produce the CFIDS Syndrome, tiredness, cancer, AIDS, etc. Concerning this, just read the scientific organ, “Raum & Zeit” (109/110). These waves can be applied from satellite, from hundreds of kilometres, can penetrate the earth and the oceans!
All these brain waves can be affected:
-Delta (1-3 Hz.) ... Deep Sleep, Coma.
-Theta (4-7 Hz.)... Hypnosis, Trance, Dream.
-Alpha (8-13 Hz.)... Prayers, Meditation, Relaxation.
-Beta (14-40 Hz)... Awakened Situation.
Who knows about Scalar-Waves, built into loud-speakers, into music, used to transmit “thoughts”, ideology, instructions for “sleepers”, for “Manchurian Candidates”, for Mkultra victims, to blow up “Twin Towers”, to be “human bombs”? And, we will all argue that this is genetic, biological, coming from the aggressive Darwinian apes!! What about our debates concerning “Occult Physics”, the “ether”, of which Bill Lyne made us aware, what about the “Pentagon Aliens”, the “UFO’s”, flying in and out of Los Alamos? Not only Bill says this; it’s not his copyrighted “private intellectual property” — hundreds of other internet data of all genres and calibres are available to corroborate his findings. For example, the astrophysicist Nikolay Kosyrev also “discovered” the ether, and claimed that it is composed of “gravitons”.
What about the high probability of space colonies on the Moon, Mars and elsewhere since decades, or more? On the other hand, how did the US astronauts escape the dangerous Van Allen Belt, around the Earth, in which the USA had detonated huge atomic bombs? What did Thomas Bearden tell us about the “Energy Crisis”, and did he not predict the “New Wars”? What about Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone and Tesla’s New Energy? Who informs us about them? Instead we have to listen to the religious nonsense, encircling Ronnie´s corpse, or to marvel about what Bush and the Pope discussed secretly.
What do billions know about the above? What are the implications and complications in our everyday life? What threatens Venezuela after August 15, 2004? Surely, the "Devil", but he is real, sitting in a "White House".
Finally, some time ago, “Raum & Zeit” (116) published a sensational article, concerning the ‘discovery” of Scalar-Waves. Apart from the fact, that these waves verify our very own Trialogics, for example, our Triagory, Rest a n d Motion AND Relation (Bezug), in the experiment, using gravitational waves, voices were transmitted between Germany and Russia, even signal transmission between Germany and Australia. Of course, like in the famous “discovery” of Christopher Columbus, the “Bushmen” and rabbits must have done this all along.
How is this possible in the universal dimensional cosmic resonator? However, using the “G-Element and Bioguard”, Dr. Mueller made this miracle possible. Of course, surprise, surprise, using speeds higher than the velocity of light, which like Don Albert explained, could transmit prayers to God outside the Universe in 15 minutes, it was discovered that extraterrestrial beings, “aliens” were already using the scalar waves for their private transmissions. Like in the case of the “Pentagon Aliens” of Los Alamos, of the extraterrestrial "UFO's", the very Pentagon War-Mongers knew all this long ago, and surely they are using the scalar waves for their “New Wars” and “Space Colonization”, and who knows, for the "Colombia Plan" and a possible invasion of Venezuela.
Hence, comrades-in-arms, be well-prepared, in deed, word and victory!