Since the dawn of man, the concepts of “Good and Evil” have been at the core of human existence. Almost every religion, past and present, is centered on the concepts of good and evil, heaven and hell, righteousness and sinfulness, and a host of other polar opposite beliefs. In the end, it boils down to a set of ideological beliefs, defined by either a deity or man, as “good” and the inverse or opposite set of beliefs as “bad.”
Throughout most of Western Civilization, the concept of good and evil is defined by the moral code written within the Torah and the Old and New Testaments, the basic written spiritual texts for Judaism and Christianity. The concept of a supreme creative deity as good and a fallen created being as evil has shaped the legal statutes and societal moral values for the past two millenniums. Good and evil can be summarized by ten simple commandments defining the good and evil in life centered on life, liberty, and property.
Beyond Western Civilization is the ancient Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang. As described by Ancient History Encyclopedia:
“The principle of Yin and Yang is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture in general dating from the third century BCE or even earlier. This principle is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, for example female-male, dark-light and old-young. The two opposites attract and complement each other and, as their symbol illustrates, each side has at its core an element of the other.”
Political ideology can be viewed in a similar light. Throughout the course of human history, few political or governing ideologies and implementations can be defined as good, and most are remembered as evil.
Ancient bright spots, which are almost universally identified as good, are Plato’s Greek city-states republics of Athens and Sparta and Cato’s Roman Republic. For the first time, the concepts of a democratically elected government, rule of law, private property rights, and limited government prevailed. While not universal in application, it was the first steps towards little “r” republican ideals.
More recently, the American Revolution, led by our Founding Fathers and fellow Patriots, was founded on the same republican concepts of individual rights, private property, and limited government. When Thomas Jefferson penned in words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he defined the basis of a new form of governance centered on “We the People.” In the ensuing 240+ years, The American Republic, unique in human history, provided the governmental structure by which rugged individualism can thrive and create individual and society freedoms, liberties, and wealth beyond comprehension.
Then comes the “-isms.”
If good government ideologies, or Yang, are defined by individual rights, rule of law, private property, and limited government, then evil government ideologies, or Yin, can be defined as the opposite, such as the mob rule, anarchy, collectivism, and a powerful central government. Communism, socialism, and a host of other “isms” share a common basket of ideological beliefs which are an antithesis to small “r” republican ideals.
The price of calling out evil is substantial. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor during World War II, declared Hitler’s liberal National Socialist Party “evil” for the euthanasia programs and the genocidal persecution of the Jews. In the end, Bonhoeffer was executed in the closing days of the war for speaking the truth about the evils of Nazism. Post-war revelations of Nazi atrocities were proof positive that the term “evil” was an accurate descriptor.
Ronald Reagan (a.k.a Ronaldus Magnus) called the communist Soviet Union the “Evil Empire” and as such, no longer identified communism as simply a different, but equal ideology, but one, which at its core, was “evil.” The track record of communism from the beginnings early in the 20th century, of death and destruction, is proof positive that the term “evil” is an accurate descriptor.
The current American political landscape and discourse has taken a dangerous turn. The ideology of progressive liberalism is nothing new. The verbiage has changed, but the Saul Alinsky tactics have remained the same. From Smallville, USA to Washington DC, there are significant attacks on our most basic constitutional rights of free speech, religious freedom, gun rights, and rule of law from the progressive liberals. In the end, these repackaged ideologies are nothing more than attempting to put “lipstick on a pig.”
Any ideology which denies an individual’s rights to life, liberty, or property, which redistributes wealth, which denies the right of free speech, regardless of content, which forces people to violate their deeply held religious convictions, which uses violent mob rule and actions to coerce their beliefs on others, which loots, riots, and destroys businesses and private property, which denies the right of life through abortion, which divides the citizens based on various ethnic or social factors, which violates the rule-of-law and due process, which violates the right of the individual to keep and bear arms for self-defense, and which enforces their ideology at the point of a gun can be added to the basket of ideologies defined by a single word…and it is not “good.”
Warner Workman is a retired senior level CIA technical intelligence officer. During his 27 year career, he traveled internationally for 17 years and has been to over 100 countries. He currently is a consultant within the Intelligence Community and owns and operates a small 2nd Amendment store. He is a published columnist and writer focused on history and current events. He is married to the love-of-his-life, Lana, of 30 years and they have four great children. He lives in a small, rural Virginia community, 60 miles outside Washington DC.