Friday, July 11, 2008

The idol of my generation, still active today


"Totalitarianism is the possession of reality by a political Idea -- the Idea of the socialist kingdom of heaven on earth, the redemption of humanity by political force. To radical believers, this Idea is so beautiful it is like God Himself. It provides the meaning of a radical life. It is the solution that makes everything possible; it is the end that justifies every regrettable means. Belief in the kingdom of socialist heaven is the faith that transforms vice into virtue, lies into truth, evil into good. For in the revolutionary religion, the Way, the Truth and the Life of salvation lie not with God above but with men below -- ruthless, brutal, venal men -- on whom the faith confers the power of gods."

Peter Collier and David Horowitz, Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts about the Sixties, page 287.