The legacy of the enlightenment thinkers like Rousseau and Voltaire, they diminish the importance of the Church, seeks disestablishment and promises world peace providing all religious activity becomes a matter of private conscience rather than public organisation. Capitalism and political liberty are the agreed-upon highest principle of the social order. Of course many that fall into this category are deeply privately religious, providing a balance to that worldliness.
The basic assumptions of Marxism underpin all progressive thinking. Marx divided the world into the Elect and Reprobate. The Reprobates are the sadistic oppressors. The Elect are the helpless victims.
The reprobates have no redeeming qualities; the elect have no flaws whatsoever. The two are locked in a Darwinian struggle for survival at any cost, in which no quarter or mercy is possible, and negotiation serves no purpose. This is the simplistic black-and-white analysis and mind set of our time and can be applied to any cause, witness the racism struggle, the feminist one, the environmental et al.
Interestingly, the ideologue is compared to the worldly as one revealing more zeal and fervour of a religious mind set despite being antireligious.
The most popular form of spiritualism in the modern world was the blood- and–iron mysticism of the Nationalist Socialist Worker’s Party of Germany, known as the Nazis; other variations were theosophy of Madame Blavatsky, the occultism of Crowley, the ideas of Blake and Shaw as well as any number of modern New Age claptrap. The principle of individual and secret enlightenment prevents them from forming a unified organisation, the exception being Nazism which attempted to syncretize Christianity into their programme and present themselves as opponents of Communism.
The Nazi’s were in essence spiritualists or occultists (embracing an inverse type of Christianity) and the Communists ideologues therefor different in world views.
This states there is no truth applicable to all circumstances. Truth is relativistic, plastic, variable, and inconstant. The best examples of this train of thought would be Nietzsche and Sartre.
All philosophies are worthless since they are narratives, that is, social myths or lies.
The Nihilists do hold as absolute truth that no one seeks truth for its own sake, or for any honest reason, all have agenda’s therefore. They believe that man can, by willpower establish the laws of reality as he sees fit. Their motto’s being ‘Believe in yourself’ or ‘Embrace your own truth.’
One can never persuade a Nihilist that objective standards exist.
The question to be asked is; if the Ideologues hate the worldliness of the Worldly man, and the Spiritualists hate the atheism of the Ideologues etc. why do they all agree with the default position of the Nihilist that truth is private and faith in vain?
Yet all parties allude to Christianity being the enemy. So they are united in agreement with this one aspect. Ours is not the first age to adore and support totalitarianism but the first to support such in the name of liberty. Ours is not the first Dark Age, where ancient learning was lost; but the first where ancient learning has been lost deliberately, wilfully, purposely, not through societal collapse, but as if to bring this about.
Perhaps how it is hoped to accomplish this is a discussion for another day.