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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11134/messianic-communism-in-the-protestant-reformation/

Messianic Communism in the Protestant Reformation

December 2, 2009 by

If communism is the perfect society, somebody must be able to enjoy its fruits; and who better but the Messiah and his courtiers? So, in Münster, for example, all new-born children were named personally by the king. FULL ARTICLE by Murray N. Rothbard

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Some Dude December 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

There is a typo in your link.

And, couldn’t you used a picture of, you know, an Anabaptist?

Ohhh Henry December 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Fascinating story. The 19th century Taiping Rebellion in China included many similar elements including cracked Christian preachers taking over cities, marital experimentation, and divine “kings” living in luxury while their followers were killed in the millions. They too were eventually extirpated by a coalition of armies.

And with a body count in the tens of millions, like Engels and the Anabaptists, it should be almost needless to say that Mao Zedong found much to admire in this Chinese rebellion.

It would be interesting to analyze these phenomena using the principles of human action. That the leaders are psychopaths is evident. But for the bulk of their followers, is there a special kind of human action, a type of delusion or mass psychosis, which leads to suicidal rebellions such as this? Or on closer analysis do we find that at each small step taken by most of the actors that they are moved by ordinary rationality and self interest, and that they were hampered by no more than the usual types of mistakes and misjudgments?

If the problem could be analyzed through the examination of events such as these, it might help us to understand and counter the evident mass delusion which we see in groups such as the Bushites and the Obamunists.

Sally C. December 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Very interesting article with amazing detail. There are so many parallels with Islamic fundamentalism and modern day Islamic states.

Mikie C. December 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Thank you,

I have never seen such a perfect historical recall.

It is only sad that this is not a million seller.

fundamentalist December 3, 2009 at 8:17 am

It is interesting that religious error always eventually gets around to a fixation on sex. Look at the Branch Davidians and the recent incidents with deviant sects of the LDS.

Carl December 6, 2009 at 10:47 am

Reading this article, I was reminded of the scene in Atlas when Dagny invited the stowaway into her car and was told of the horrors that took place at the 20th Century Motor Company. Did she draw inspiration for that tale from the radical Anabaptist movement of the 16th Century and tone it down to a PG-13 rating? Or perhaps she samples from many other similar incidents(e.g. New Harmony in the pre-Civil War United States) to sew together a clear example of how collectivized communities are doomed to fail.

I find it very shocking to learn about primitive communistic societies and how they all devolved into mass murder and bloodbaths. I also find it quite telling, and equally shocking, that these episodes are ignored by today’s Marxian academics.

John Knox December 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

The assumption that anabaptists were part of the Reformation or were reformers isn’t correct. Calvin, Luther (who hated Calvin) Knox, Rutherford, Guthrie, Zwinglie were all opposed to the anabaptistic heresy as it’s simply not what the bible teaches.

For THE excellent treatise on govt. read Samuel Rutherford’s- LEX, REX

An all inclusive society is doomed to fail and that’s why the Puritan tradition excluded those that held beliefs and practices contrary to Presbyterianism.

fundamentalist December 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

John Knox, good points. Groups like the anabaptists had always existed throughout church history. The factr that they continued to exist during the Reformation doesn’t make them part of it. And even if they were, they were a very minor part and opposed by the mainstream of the reformation.

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