Politics And SatanismPosted: January 22, 2013 | |
The following post is mainly in response to this post about Satanism and Communism by Born Satanist from Sect Of The Horned God. Once again it caused me to question the merits of my own political leanings. I have always leaned to the left politically just as I do spiritually and I am very aware that there seems to be a disconnect between these two ways of thinking. Many would agree with Born Satanist that western capitalism provides a much more fertile ground for satanic principles and lifestyle to flourish than communism which seems to stifle the individualism and personal responsibility at the heart of Satanism. This has always been a bit of a headache for me.
Sometimes it is necessary to step back.
Firstly what do we mean by communism? I don’t think there has ever been a communist state. Perhaps Cuba has come closest, but the Soviet Union and modern day China do not in any political sense represent communism. Indeed despite the single party than runs China calling itself communist it is probably the most strident capitalist economy in the world. In effect it is a capitalist dictatorship. According to the Farlex dictionary Communism is firstly…
I am not a communist. This needs to be bolded because very often this argument is underpinned by the false dichotomy that if you are not a die hard Conservative/Republican/Capitalist you must be a communist; and by communist in this context people usually mean a soviet style dictator or a naive and weak minded liberal. (Which is not to say that all liberals are naive or weak minded).
My own political views are in fact 50% boringly Social Democratic, 30% radical libertarian and 20% Green/Environmentalist. And I find these ideas do sit well with each other and with my Satanic beliefs.
I am guided by honest selfishness. I calculate that my chances of doing all I want to do, of being free in the ways that matter to me, of being healthy and secure and of being able to set my potential children up with as many advantages as possible, are greatly enhanced if the whole of society is organised in such a way as to maximise EVERYBODY’s potential and preserve the world’s resources.
None of us are the master of everything. I may be able to teach and do many other things; but I cannot operate on myself if my heart develops a fault. I cannot pilot a plane. I can’t fix my computer. I can’t ensure that clean water and electricity reach my home on my own. I need all people to reach their full potential to maximise my chances of survival and pleasure. The guy down the street may have the potential to become a brain surgeon, but that is no use to me if he can’t afford to go to university or if he dies young of a disease that would be treatable in another part of the world.
I need a political system with the possibility to enable all people to achieve the most they can; regardless of their wealth, sex, physique or geographical location. Sure, some will always do better than others; some will be strong whatever their social situation and others will be weak. But socialism, it seems to me, with an emphasis on universal health care and education, in recognising the value of the community to the individual, serves me best because it creates a stronger, more talented community around me. Instead of having to worry about how to pay my medical bills in an emergency and building my life around those worries; I can concentrate my energies, my skills and my creativity on the things that make my life worthwhile as an individual.
To me this type of socialism offers far more freedom and independence than unrestrained capitalism where the need of money trumps whatever God or philosophy a person may believe in. Communism is an ideal at the edge of the socialist spectrum. As with most ideals it is flawed but no more so than any other political theory. As Satanists we should not be slaves to any political theory but neither should we discount the possible advantages of ideologies that seem at first sight foreign to us.