FROM ITS BEGINNINGS, Marxism has attacked the foundation of the family. While Marx and Engels explicitly spoke of doing away with the most important institution of society, today the attack on the family is done in a disguised way, pretending that what is really sought is the freedom and happiness of individuals.
Marx and Engels wrote in The Communist Manifesto:
“The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.
Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.
But, you say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.”Communist Manifesto
There are three fundamental issues to understand why a strong family is a hindrance to socialists:
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An educated adult who has values and certain beliefs which were reinforced during his or her growing period is very difficult to be changed. Children, on the other hand, are moldable. They need to be guided by adults to understand the world. Ultimately, their habits will come from the example they see every day. If socialism wants true militants, a large part of the answer lies in children: making them socialists from a young age.
Socialists want the state to become the parent of the children. Today we see teachers saying, “If your parents don’t accept you, then now I am your mother.” But as I said before, this is not something new. Marx was clear that it was the state and not the parents who should educate children.
Today, American schools are secretly giving children courses on gender and information on such sensitive issues as sex change. The plan to take children away from their parents is well underway and schools are becoming centers of leftist indoctrination that, moreover, claim to have more power over children than the parents themselves. With the excuse of knowing better than their parents how to educate them, little by little they have been banishing parents from education.
The state wants to replace the family
The family is a support network in the face of life’s difficulties. It is the family members who are attentive if an illness occurs. It is the family that supports you when there is an economic hardship. It is the family that is the strength in times of sadness. But the left wants the individual to be isolated, without that support network, so that it is the politicians, instead of the family, who provide the security that every human being needs.
It is much easier for a socialist to be elected if the welfare discourse is directed at lonely people. The state will give you health if you get sick, you don’t need a family; education will be guaranteed by the state, you don’t need to depend on your parents; if you are old, the government will give you a pension and nursing homes, you don’t need to have children to take care of you. All these offers are infinitely more tempting for someone who has no family. Those who have such a support network do not need them and will always prefer to be cared for by their loved ones rather than by the state, which never delivers and when it does, it is flawed
For this reason, the left promotes a supposed sexual liberation where women are told that having children and a stable marriage is always synonymous with difficulties and putting aside their dreams. They want the individual to be abandoned and weak so that the state can replace the family that every human being needs. They need people alone so that their welfare speeches are more successful.
The family is a barrier to misconceptions
In the Soviet Union, as in many other communist regimes, hero treatment was given to anyone who denounced a family member for “treason”, which was nothing more than going against the tyrants in power. Prizes were given to children who denounced their parents for going against the regime and the denunciation of relatives and friends was encouraged. A family is a place of absolute trust, where even extreme situations such as the establishment of a dictatorship can be isolated. What cannot be expressed elsewhere can be done in the family. That means a refuge against totalitarian ideas.
On the other hand, parents who are present and attentive to their children’s education will know if their children are being indoctrinated and will act in time to stop it. Parents dedicated to their families will be concerned about teaching their children values and fundamental issues of life. So a strong family is always a retaining wall that socialists cannot withstand. They want to have total control of the individual and decide even the most intimate aspects of his or her life.
The new left has wanted to replace God with the state. We should not ask for everything from God but from the politicians. In the same way, it has tried to do away with the family to turn the state into father, mother, and the whole family. Millions of young people have been deceived by the socialists and have believed that the family, instead of being a refuge, is a hindrance, an obstacle that prevents them from being happy and free.
By selling a supposed paradise, they have led many to a life of loneliness, of empty and disposable relationships, where people have no value and where love no longer has a place. The left, little by little, has taken away from millions of people one of the most valuable aspects of life: the family.
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.