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Man, a social being, needs civilization; civilization needs social institutions. Take those institutions away, and civilization - human civility - goes away with them. War is waged by and between competing human institutions.
Revolutions begin as anti-institution hostility within institutions, but they always seem to also seek to establish some new institution, better than the one being revolted against. Just about always. The anti-institution revolutionary sets up or tries to set up yet another institution of some sort. A "counter" institution.
The institutional Church is different from other human institutions in that it was established by God, not man. The Protestant revolt sought at first to take it over and "reform" it. Failing to take it over, it split from it and sought to establish a new institution: a reformed Church. But it failed in that regard, because all the leading revolutionaries couldn't agree on one common one-church theology, and so they established multiple new institutions, each claiming to be "the" reformed church. Today there are over 40,000 of them, and the number just keeps going up. These are all man made institutions.
Today many among the simpler of these Protestant divisions falsely claim that Christ never set up any "institutional" Church, founded upon Peter and the Apostles, and that wherever three or more are gathered, there is the "church", and nothing more is needed.
That there is no such "institution" as the Church.
And that is just a clear refutation of the Bible. Scripture shows that Christ appointed His Apostles (Matt 10:1-4), established His Church on Peter with the Keys to the Kingdom (Matt 16:19), gave them the power to bind and to loose (Matt 16:19; Matt 18:18), established the Church as the pillar and bulwark of all Truth (1 Tim 3:15) and declared that the very gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18).
This anti-institution theme was taken up by Karl Marx, this time against not only the institution of the Church, but against the institutions of nations. I still believe, with no proof, that Marx despised the USA in particular among nations because Constitutional America had beaten him to the punch in establishing a classless national government, with laws protecting citizen equality, among other citizen rights.
But the ultimate end-goal of Marxism, or Communism, was always a quite impossible to achieve pipe dream. The real goal is and always was the institution of dictatorship, with the ultimate goal being a global dictatorship. Actual Communism, as Marx defined it, has never really existed anywhere, because it cannot possibly exist for very long. All the nations or "unions" of nations that ever called themselves Communist were in fact dictatorships, with a complex pyramid of bureaucracies beneath the dictator "administering" the people and enforcing the law.
So all Communist revolutions and all Communist invasions that took over any institutional nation established so-called Communism as the new institutional national government. Even anti-institution Communism is itself institutional.
What got me thinking about the "institutional man" nature of men and the at first glance seemingly pure anti-institution motives of both Protestantism and Marxism was an article, Kate Hennessy coming to a Parish near you posted on the Dorothy Day Another Way blog.
Kate Hennessy is the youngest granddaughter of the Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day, and she is on a speaking tour promoting her book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, and promoting her grandmother's cause for sainthood.
What seems to be highlighted in all of this, at least what stood out to me, is the Dorothy Day's affinity to "loose" Catholicism, Protestantism and Marxism. A quote from the book:
And it seems that Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker farm communes were troubled by the same sorts of things going on in the hippie communes; sex, marijuana and LSD. The "worker's" collectives might have been a lot more "party-time" collectives than anything else.
From the Dorothy Day treatment on this site, we noted that,
Barely mentioned by her granddaughter are Day's post-conversion (to Catholicism) glowing tributes to such Communist luminaries as Angela Davis, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh. Those were her heroes.
In fact, what she was trying to build in her Catholic Workers farm communes was a new "Catholic" institution, to displace the old one, on a more Communist basis. Again, from the Dorothy Day page on this site:
Disestablish the old, institutionalize the new. In her image.
The common thread that runs through all of this - through all of Protestantism and through all of Marxism - is the wrecking of all institutions, and the institutionalizing of new ones, which will pretend to not be institutions of man, but something else. Something better.
I don't know what to say.
Does it get any dumber than this?
Maybe you have to smoke dope before it begins to make any sense.
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Date: Mon Jul 03 21:53:07 2017
From: Mike Gent
Location: Saratoga Springs/N.Y./USofA
If she is a saint, so am I. Maybe a commie saint. I've smoked dope and everything makes LESS sense.
Date: Tue Jul 04 12:10:03 2017
Thank you for the information on D. Day. I've been skeptical about her cause and history, and with this info, will continue to be so. May the Lord have mercy on her soul and RIP.
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