The Totalitarianism Link


Vander ElstFrom his classic Power Against People: A Christian Critique of the State

The link between atheism, moral relativism, and totalitarianism, is spelt out with similar clarity within Marxist ideology. To quote Marxism’s co-founder, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895): “We…reject every attempt to impose on us any moral dogma whatever as eternal, ultimate and forever immutable moral law…” 61 As a result, Engels, like Marx, had no difficulty in openly embracing the use of revolutionary terror to achieve the aims and objectives of Communism.62 But it was left to Lenin to set out, with unsparing frankness, the full political implications of this relativistic worldview: “The scientific concept, dictatorship, means neither more nor less than unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything, not restricted by any laws or any absolute rules. Nothing else but that.”

Copyright © 2012 Philip Vander Elst

The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Philip Vander Elst, is a British freelance writer and lecturer whose many publications include C.S. Lewis: a short introduction (Continuum, 2005), From atheism to Christianity: a personal journey (, and Libertarianism: a Christian critique, published by The Christian Institute (Newcastle, 2003).