There are an awful lot of people in the world who think everything revolves around money. They claim it us money that has shaped all the events of history. All the wars, colonization, assassinations, and intrigues of history-it is argued-occurred because of money. Money is what makes the world go round.
This idea has taken such root in Western culture that our children are taught this view of history in school. (Fortunately, I was homeschooled.) This is referred to as the economic view of history. Anyone who disagrees with it is shunned, ridiculed, and considered anathema by the intellectual elite. But the economic view of history is wrong. To give a thorough refutation would take far too long, so I will give two examples where the economic view of history falls short.
The first instance I wish to examine is the Carthaginian War. The Romans and the Carthaginians bitterly hated each other. School children and college students are taught that the dispute between the two was primarily over trade. Both Carthage and Rome wanted to be the dominant empire. For this to happen one must control trade.
Now, certainly there were disputes between Rome and Carthage over trade, but this does not explain the vehement hatred both the Romans and Carthaginians felt for each other. If trade were the real issue, then Rome would have been far more merciful to the Carthaginians. They had economic disputes with other peoples, and the Romans were simply content to allow these civilizations to continue on as sort of vassal states to Rome. With Carthage things were different.
The Romans saved one of their worst punishments for Carthage. After destroying the capital of Carthage, the Romans salted the ground. This doesn’t sound as severe as it is. The Romans hated the Carthaginians so much, they made sure that these people would not be able to rebuild their capital city. Salting the ground ensures that it will be a very, very long time before anyone can plant crops there again. Without crops the people can’t grow enough food to sustain city life.
Why would the Romans reserve such a severe punishment for the Carthaginians? Even the writings of many ancient Romans bear out their great hatred for Carthage. Surely money could not be the main culprit?
Actually, the Romans’ hatred for Carthage had very little to do with money. It had to do with a difference in religion. Both Rome and Carthage were pagans. The type of paganism they practiced, however, was quite different. The Roman gods were believed to be tolerant of other people and their religious beliefs. This is borne out by the fact that the Romans nearly always tolerated the religious beliefs and practices of the people they conquered. The Romans often actually absorbed and adopted some of the beliefs and practices of other religions.
Carthage was not so tolerant. The Carthaginians’ main god was Moloch. The worship of Moloch was far more fanatic and gruesome than that of the Roman gods. For one, the Carthaginians were not at all tolerant of other faiths. Second, Moloch demanded human sacrifice.
It was a common practice in the Carthaginian Empire for parents to offer their children as a sacrifice to Moloch. Even more common was offering the captives taken in battle as a sacrifice to Moloch. So there was a lot more than money at stake for the Romans.
This sufficiently explains the unbridled hatred the Romans had for the Carthaginians. Rome had to win the war against Carthage, or many of its people would be offered as human sacrifices to Moloch. They also had to win, or the Roman way of life would be extinguished. It was a religious war of annihilation.
The second instance I wish to look at is from more modern times. It is the case of World War II. In history the emphasis often tends to focus on the desire of the Japanese to control the Pacific, and of Hitler to control Africa and Europe. This does not give the whole picture. What was behind the drive of Japan to control the Pacific? Was for economic reasons? Why did Adolf Hitler seek to control Europe and Africa? Did he seek a vast empire simply for the sake of hoarding riches?
Certainly the Japanese had economics in mind when they sought to control the Pacific and Asia. Economics, however, wasn’t the real driving force. The Japanese believed their culture to be superior to that of…well…pretty much everyone else. It was the racism that drove the Japanese to attempt to dominate all of Asia and the Pacific islands.
Racism and economics certainly played a part in Hitler’s plans, but, again, they were not the determining factor. Hitler believed the Germans to be the superior race; and then, not even all Germans were included in that. He blamed the Jews for pretty much all the evil in the world, and he sought to eradicate them. Again, however, this wasn’t the true motivating factor.
For most of his 20s & 30s, Hitler lived in obscurity and poverty. For a time, Adolf Hitler had to live in a homeless shelter. He had dreams of greatness, but struggled mightily to begin fulfilling those dreams until World War I. Even then, things progressed slowly. Finally, however, Hitler began to rise from obscurity.
What prompted his rise from obscurity and poverty? There was a secret society in Germany at the time called the Thule Society. This society was secretly pagan, and some of the society’s leaders were looking for someone who could bring them into power. These men worshiped Norse gods, and they shared Hitler’s view of the superiority of the Germans people. When they discovered Hitler’s oratory abilities, they selected him to join them.
Hitler himself says he would often hear voices telling him of his greatness, and that he would be the one chosen to lead the Germans people to ultimate victory. The leaders of the Thule Society taught Hitler the secrets of their pagan rituals, and some even believe Hitler may have had contact with demons. I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
In any case, it is no secret that many in the SS-especially the upper echelons, like Heinrich Himmler-were overt pagans. They openly worshiped the Norse gods, and they were constantly searching for artifacts they believed would give them magic powers to help them rule the world.
One can see that Hitler and the Nazis had a lust for power, and were at least partly driven by an extreme nationalism. Yet, religion was at the heart of the Nazis’ work. Their paganism fueled their nationalistic zeal, and Hitler really did believe that certain spirits had selected him to lead the Germans people to final victory.
These two historic examples show clearly that the economic view of history is patently false. It is a lie spread by socialists who wish nothing more than to gain control themselves. They depict mankind as driven by greed throughout history. It is by this means that the socialists seek to convince men to give them control. Socialists depict themselves as saviors, with their talk of capitalistic greed and the redistribution of wealth. They aim to “free” mankind from their own greed by enslaving him to the absolute control of the State.
Certainly not all socialists have this goal, and there are elements of socialism that are good. Still, we must be careful. Whereas democracy and republicanism lend themselves to anarchy, socialism lends itself to totalitarianism. The most dangerous form of socialism (Marxist Socialism) is what is attempting to control our country.
The fight we fight today isn’t really a fight over money. It is a religious war. Will we succumb to the forces who truly wish to enslave us to their own benefit, and to our detriment? Or will we rise up, defeat this evil ideology, establish our rights as individuals, and free ourselves from the tyranny of the State?
This isn’t a fight over money. It is a fight for the soul of man. The forces behind Carthage and the Axis powers were evil. Though Rome wasn’t exactly holy, they fought against the tyranny of Carthage, and sought to free those dominated by the Carthaginians, and therefore, subject to human sacrifice. Though the Allies certainly weren’t saints either (note the Soviet Union was with the Allies, and the Allies joined in strategic bombing, and the US used the first nuclear weapons), the Allies sought to free people from the racist tyranny of the Japanese and Nazis. The Japanese were driven by the idea of racial and national superiority. The Nazis were driven by the ideas of national superiority, and a hatred of Judeo-Christian civilization.
The Marxist Socialists are driven by the same hatred of Judeo-Christian civilization, but they also have a lust for revolution. They understand, however, that not every revolution must involve bloodshed. All they need do is when the ideological war. This can not happen. Our freedom and entire way of life are at stake!
Peace in Christ,
David J. Pollard
American Catholic Solidarity