This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Multiplicity of ideologies

The reason I stress the importance of understanding what exactly ideology is, is that this is more useful than trying to examine all the shortcomings of the ideologies you’ll bump into.

First and foremost, the problem is that these ideologies change in content or emphasis by time and place and even from individual to individual. Capitalism used to be called Liberalism, and now liberalism means something very different in common use, at least in America. In Europe, it carries yet another meaning. And capitalism itself, although newer, does not mean what it used to. Likewise, Marxism has gone through various developments and had a number of exponents from different countries so that it isn’t correct to critique Marx and assume you’ve critiqued Marxism as it now stands.

Socialism is perhaps the most convoluted at all, with its exponents ranging from very sane to very insane, which is why it was originally condemned by the popes and then later even the most traditional of popes (I’m thinking Benedict XVI) could say that it is now, in some of its contemporary iterations, entirely compatible with Christian doctrine. Benedict said this not because he disagreed with Leo XIII, but because the socialism that presented itself to him was not the socialism which presented itself to Leo. And it is a sign of the prudence of the popes that they are able to recognize such things.

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