Why link the Crystal Religion with Socialism and Liberalism?
It is true that historically Socialism was built against religion, and developed in an authoritarian mode with Marxism, then Leninism, Trotskyism, Stalinism and Maoism. All these great figures of Socialism were atheists and liberticides, and advocated an authoritarian regime summed up by Marx's famous formula: "The dictatorship of the proletariat".
The Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia in 1917, followed by Mao's victory in China in 1949, convinced many socialists during the 20th century that the authoritarian path was the ideal and effective solution to the advent of Socialism. However, the successes of the socialist dictatorship were only achieved in countries where political history has always been authoritarian, and where Freedom has never been a strong and recognized value.
This history of Socialism, which has seen authoritarian Socialism achieve political successes and take power in large countries representing global military and political power, has created bad karma for Socialism. Even today, Socialism is associated in the minds of many people around the world with the dictatorship of the proletariat and is also synonymous with economic bankruptcy.
However, from its origins in the 19th century, Socialism was not represented solely by Marxism, but also had a liberal current within it, carried in particular by the figure of John Stuart Mill in the United Kingdom, François Huet or Alfred Naquet in France. These thinkers of Liberal Socialism considered that both collectivism and individualism alone could not bring in their extremity a viable and lasting solution to a harmonious society. Only an intelligent and harmonious balance between collectivism and individualism can engender a balanced and sustainable society.
Moreover, history has shown over time that Marxism, or authoritarian socialism, advocating the most total collectivism, inexorably led great empires like the Soviet Union and Mao's China to economic bankruptcy after a certain period of time.
Moreover, the fall of the Soviet Union and China's conversion to a liberal form of economy after Mao's death reactivated the liberal current within the European socialist parties, which finally achieved political success with Tony Blair in the United Kingdom in 1997, and with Gerard Schröder in Germany in 1998. The periods when Liberal Socialism was in power were crowned with renewed and lasting economic prosperity, especially in Germany.
What are the links with the Crystal Religion?
The Crystal Religion, in the theory of History it proposes, indicates that the principle of Freedom is the original principle of the First Age of the Heart, which can also be called the New Age.
But this principle of Liberty is inseparable from the principle of Harmony, which is in fact the condition for the exercise of Liberty. In the New Age, Freedom is only conceivable as long as it allows us to live in harmony with the world around us. This harmony concerns not only social relations, but also economic living conditions, as well as the way of seeing and treating Nature. The exercise of Freedom while preserving Universal Harmony implies that the individual must acquire Wisdom, i.e. the knowledge of Good and Evil, or the knowledge of what is an action in harmony with the world around us, or not.
The Crystal Religion proposes a new economic paradigm, entitled Liberal Socialism, with the aim of establishing the social and economic conditions allowing Man to exercise his Freedom while preserving Universal Harmony.
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