"The religious quality of Marxism also explains a characteristic attitude of the orthodox Marxist toward opponents. To him, as to any believer in a faith, the opponent is not merely in error but in sin. Dissent is unapproved of not only intellectually but also morally."
Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, 1942
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 -- Manoj, india      
This pretty well describes all "true believers", and is especially true with liberals.
 -- jim k, Austin     
    I see Marxism as an evil compounded by either brain washed "subjects" or outright communists who's fervent belief in a system that rules and controls is astounding in its "anthill" mentality. That same religious diatribe can be likened to the Global Warming fear mongers and"Watermelons" in general. Watermelons being green on the outside and red on the inside...but in their ecclesiatic white out...I don't think they even know how wrong they are.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Liberals will be the savior of this poor state the countryis in. Liberals like their past peers will again rescue America from the clutches of fascism.
     -- RBESRQ     
    One might label this as a conservative dominated site, one reason I seldom comment. Conservatives are proud of their higher level of intolerance to another opinion.
     -- Judith     
    Judith and Anonymous--Liberal: I seldom look here for the same reason (conservative or fascist dominated). But your two replies will encourage more interest.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Judith I'm a progressive or Liberal
     -- RBESRQ     
    It is true that liberals and progressives tend not to go to liberty sites since they're not terribly interested in individual liberty. It's all about the collective (that would be collective slavery to the elitists). But it's hard to ague with the truth no matter how you might spin it. Marxists have religion and they worship a god; themselves. The Obamunists have a similar religion except they worship the Narcissist in Chief first, then themselves. I think, however, it is dawning on them that they've been worshiping a tin god and the tarnish is becoming very noticeable.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
     -- dsmith, fl      
    At least this guy gets it right. This is the basis for the liberal hatred for reason. It contradicts the emotional investment they have in socialism. That is why the "progressives" loved Hitler before he attacked Russia. That is why they support fascism now. No reason just emotion. Obama is their god. Dare not oppose him. Fortunately the halo has fallen off for many of the ones that were just duped and not true believers. The results in the Senate race in Massachusetts election results gives hope that the fascists/Marxist/liberal control is faltering.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Not once have liberals ever rescued any state. They have only enslaved them. Freedom is clearly against their religion. Looking at our country just look at what happens when liberals get control of a city or a state. Look at California. As soon as liberals can do as they please disaster will soon follow.
     -- warren, olathe     
    RBESRQand Judith. I think you both are confused about this quote (among other things). By "liberals", Schumpeter refers to people who love liberty (i.e., like the Founding Fathers). He is not talking about modern liberalism which has little to do with liberty and everything to be with obedience to central authority (unless you are an illegal alien). As for connecting conservatism and fascism, you are sadly mistaken. Fascism is a leftist tendency (i.e., National SOCIALIST German Workers Party). You should probably browse this site with a friend to help you understand its wisdom.
     -- Craig, Roanoke     
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