Prof. Chodakiewicz addresses threats to Western Civilization

February 15, 2012  |  KOSCIUSZKO CHAIR

On 30 December 2011, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz delivered a lecture in Warsaw (Poland) entitled "from communism to post-communism, i.e. from Marxism to post-modernism." The event was co-sponsored by the bimonthly Polonia Christiana - published by the Polish branch of the TFP (Tradition, Family, Property) Association for Christian Culture - and the historical journal, Glaukopis.

Forces hostile to and seeking the destruction of Western Civilization - by which we understand the pluralistic heritage of Greek ethics, Roman law, and Christian religion stemming from Judaism - constituted the main subject of the lecture. Over the centuries, these forces have assumed different forms: from the radical sects of Medieval times, such as the Cathars and the Brethren of the Free Spirit, to revolutionary movements during the modern era, such as the Communists and the Nazis. As Eric Voegelin pointed out over half a century ago, all of these currents are essentially gnostic in nature. Their leaders and followers believe that they - and only they - have gained access to secret knowledge, which, in turn, grants them the right to rule indisputably and coerce others to obey them. Further, in spite of their many differences, the gnostics of all stripes have shared an intense enmity for tradition, family, private property, and patriotism.

Depending on the time period, the extremists have focused on different targets. During the eighteenth century, during the Enlightenment, they assaulted religion and tradition. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, under the red banner of Socialism, they shifted to attacking private property. More recently, the family has become the main enemy. These offensives have overlapped to a great degree, the variations in emphasis notwithstanding.

The counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s in the West signaled a shift from combating private property to attacking the family. The "Old Left" reinvented itself as the "New Left" while the "modernists" reintroduced themselves as "post-modernists." Following the implosion of the Soviet Union, communism transformed itself into "post-communism" (as opposed to freedom and democracy).

One of the prime expressions of this anti-Western phenomenon emanating from the West is the so-called "gay liberation" movement. Basing their overriding identity solely on their (homo)sexual preferences, the ideologues of "gayism" seek to define the family out of existence by questioning its traditional, time-tested character. Hence, the persistent propaganda campaigns for "gay marriage" and child adoption by gay couples. Moreover, this extremist movement pursues not mere tolerance, but outright approval. In its wake tread other life-style radicals, such as pedophiles, or old-fashioned polygamists, whom the conquests of the "gay" movement have emboldened. Will they succeed eventually, and if so, what does this mean for the future of the Western world?

To view the entirety of Dr. Chodakiewicz's lecture (in Polish), please see below: