Quotes on Counter-Revolution

From the book Revolution and Counter-Revolution by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira (1959)  A rebellion in spirit and human action that originates from the “deepest recesses of the soul and the culture of Western man” producing convulsions of a progressive movement.

“This fundamental tendency to rebel can, at certain moments, receive the consent of the free will. Fallen man sins thus, violating one or more of the Commandments. But this rebellion can go further and reach a point of a more or less unconfessed hatred of the very moral order as a whole. This hatred, which is essentially revolutionary, can generate doctrinal errors and even to the conscious and explicit profession of principles contrary to Moral Law and revealed doctrine as such, which constitutes a sin against the Holy Ghost. When this hatred began to direct the deepest tendencies of Western history, the Revolution began. … By its nature, this hatred cannot be reduced simply to a doctrinal system: It is disorderly passion exacerbated to and extremely high degree.” …

“In one way or another, whether placing all its confidence in the individual alone, the masses, or the State, it is in man that the Revolution trusts. Man, self-sufficient thanks to science and technology, can resolve all his problems, eliminate pain, poverty, ignorance, insecurity, in short, everything we refer to as the effect of Original or actual sin.

The utopia toward which the Revolution is leading is a world whose countries, united in a universal republic, are but geographical designations, a world with neither social nor economics inequalities, run by science and technology, by propaganda and psychology, in order to attain, without the supernatural, the definitive happiness of man.

In such a world, the Redemption of Our Lord Jesus Christ has no place; for man will have overcome evil with science and will have made the earth a technologically delightful paradise. And he will hope to overcome death one day by the indefinite prolongation of life.”  …

“The Revolution attacks Christian civilization in a manner that is more or less like a certain tree of the Brazilian forest. This tree, the strangler fig Urostigmaolearia, by wrapping itself round the trunk of another tree, completely covers it and kills it. In its “moderate” and low-velocity currents, the Revolution approached Christian civilization in order to wrap itself around it and kill it.”  

“… the Revolution was born from an explosion of disorderly passions that is leading to the total destruction of temporal society, the complete subversion of the moral order, the denial of God. The great target of the Revolution is, then, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, the infallible teacher of the Truth, the guardian of the Natural Law, and, therefore, the ultimate foundation of temporal order itself.”

“If the Revolution is disorder, the Counter-Revolution is the restoration of Order.”

— Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira (1908-1995) Brazilian politician who promoted the values of Christian Civilization.

“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

— Ephesians 6:12 (RSV)

From the book End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr. Charles Arminjon, originally published in 1881 in French.

“They enlist in the war against the Church all the hateful corruption, all the hypocrisies anxious to drop their masks, all the hostile sciences, all the shady and godless politics. The revolution boldly raises its standard against religion, property, and the family; saps the foundations of the social structure and on every front. The press, freed from every restraint, disseminates the most subversive doctrines and the deadliest poisons in a thousand organs.”

“For the final goal of world-revolution is not socialism or even Communism, it is not a change in the existing economic system, it is not the destruction of civilization in a material sense: the revolution desired by the leaders is a moral and spiritual revolution, an anarchy of ideas by which all standards set up throughout nineteen centuries shall be reversed, all honored traditions trampled under foot, and, above all, the Christian ideal finally obliterated.”

— Nesta Helen Webster (1876–1960) British Historian and Author writing on the Occult and Secret Societies (Book Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, 1924)

“Secular humanism and Christianity are on a collision course. Any system that teaches anything contrary to moral relativism — such as the Christian doctrine of absolute truth and biblical moral standards — is a threat to the entire humanistic position. And on order for humanism to bring about its desired goals, man must be stripped of his belief in God and moral absolutes. Humanism cannot prevail as long as man believes in God.

The strand of humanism runs through the fabric of many social and political movements bent on establishing a new world order. The most notable of these on the world stage today are Communism and Socialism. Their basic beliefs contain the same enmity toward God and moral absolutes as reflected in humanism.”

— Marlin Maddoux (1933–2004) Christian Show Host of Point of View, Founder of the USA Radio Network, National Center for Freedom & Renewal and Alliance Defense Fund co-founder, Author and Journalist. (Book America betrayed page 34)

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

— Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) Army General, involved in war in the Philippines, World War I, II & Korean War

“But the truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the government. Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God. That fact is written all across human history; but it is written most plainly across the recent history of Russia; which was created by Lenin. There the government is the God, and all the more the God, because it proclaims aloud in accents of thunder … one essential commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods but Me.””

— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) British Journalist, Poet, Author and Playwright

“There is a battle in our society, a battle in the western world; it’s been lost in the rest of the Western world, at least in Western Europe. The battle ground for this is the United States of America. Will we be governered by, in our own lives, Judaeo Christian values or secular values.”

— Dennis  Prager (1948- ) Author, columnist & host of a nationally syndicated radio show

“Socialism is where decent, but ignorant people evolve to automatically. Is the default position. In other words, people left to themselves, without input of wisdom, end up arriving at the conclusion that socialism makes a lot of sense.  … Socialism is only defeated by a constant injection of religo moral energy. Only the Judeo–Christian tradition combats socialism. If you block yourself off from any kind of authentic input of wisdom, little by little socialism begins to make more and more sense.”

— Rabbi Daniel Lapin  (1950-   ) Orthodox Rabbi, talk show host and author

“In Hebrew and in the Bible right and left are not directional, they are moral. … In chapter 13 of Genesis when Lot and Abraham separate and Abraham caries the moral structure of civilization, Abraham is the soul of monotheism. … Lot separates from Abraham and chooses to go and live in the city of Sodom. … Abraham says I’ll go right; you are going to go left. In the Hebrew text, going left means departing from the moral foundations of civilization. Now you will understand ancient Jewish wisdom on the closing verse of the book of Jonah. Jonah was all upset that God did not destroy the city of Nineveh. God said how I can destroy them; they are people who don’t know their right from their left. … Right and left always means good and evil, right and wrong, light and darkness, the moral structure of civilization vs. the structure barbarism and emptiness. So God says how can I destroy the city of Nineveh when they don’t know right from left or in other words, right from wrong.”

— Rabbi Daniel Lapin  (1950-   ) Orthodox Rabbi, talk show host and author

“A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left. Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to every one that he is a fool.”

— Ecclesiastes 10:2-3 RSV

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

— Proverbs 18:2 RSV

“One of the major differences between the right and the left concerns the question of authority: To whom do we owe obedience and who is the ultimate moral authority? For the right, the primary moral authority is God (or, for secular conservatives, Judeo-Christian values), followed by parents. Of course, government must also play a role, but it is ultimately accountable to God and it should do nothing to undermine parental authority. For the left, the state and its government are the supreme authorities, while parental and divine authority are seen as impediments to state authority. … In a nutshell, the left wants to have ever-expanding authority over people’s lives through ever-expanding governmental powers. It does so because it regards itself as more enlightened than others. Others are either enemies (the right) or unenlightened masses. It is elected by demonizing its enemies and doling out money and jobs to the masses.”

— Dennis  Prager (1948- ) Author, columnist & host of a nationally syndicated radio show

“We can trace all our human problems to our view on God.”

— Brad Bright – Author and Public Speaker on God and the Bible

“We are players in our present, we are the current builders of our history. God wants to write, through our hearts, through our lives and Fiats, the history of salvation: a story of love, grace, life, communion and holiness.”

— Mother Adela Galindo – Founder of Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary

“… in the terribly dark moments of human history, God makes himself present, God enters into history in so many forms God intervenes in history, raising up men and women that, in the simplicity and generosity of their fiats, become witnesses of hope, lighted candles, rays of light that pierce the darkness and reveal to humanity that only with God and in God can man live and walk with meaning, and that only in Him can he find his highest destiny. A witness of hope that where evil abounds, good super-abounds that where darkness, error, violence, and the disorientation of the human heart seem to reign, God in his mercy always sends “stars” that illumine the storms of the ocean of history and, with their light, redirect its horizon, its origin, its destiny, its path.”

— Mother Adela Galindo – Founder of Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary

“When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils, but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil”

— Barron Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political thinker & writer on separation of powers of government

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.”

— Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist editor & satirist

“The Founding Fathers established a system which meant a radical break from that which preceded it. A written constitution would provide a permanent form of government, limited in scope, but effective in providing both liberty and order. Government was not to be a matter of self-appointed rulers, governing by whim or harsh ideology. It was not to be government by the strongest or for the few. Our principles were (counter)revolutionary. We began as a small, weak republic. But we survived. Our example inspired others, imperfectly at times, but it inspired them nevertheless. This constitutional republic, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, prospered and grew strong. To this day, America is still the abiding alternative to tyranny. That is our purpose in the world – nothing more and nothing less.”

— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United Stat

“Socialists cry Power to the people, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”

― Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) British Prime Minister

“It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

— William James Durant (1885–1981) American writer, historian, and philosopher

“Evil itself is not dangerous without the help of those who tolerate.”

— Ted Sampley (1946-2009) Served in the Vietnam in Green Berets & POW Activist

“‘The Decline and Fall of the United States of America’ is going to be a piece of cake for future historians to write.”

— Pat Buchanan (1938) Author, Columnist, Political Commentator, Politian

“Your silence gives consent.”

— Plato (427BC-347BC) Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician and writer

“We cannot forsake commandments without being forsaken – The only way to prosper is to return to the commandments of our creator. Commandments which for the most part have been forsaken Removed by our schools and public buildings and glossed over by the majority of our churches. Just as in the Garden of Eden people are been persuaded that they can do right in their own eyes. They can be as God and decide what is good and what is evil.… Are we in arrogance to believe that we as a nation can continue to forsake the commandmens of our creator with out the eventuallyality of being forsaken ourselves. The commandments he wrote in stone pure they stand fast forever. It is in our best interst to keep them.” –  America’s behavior has spiritual consequences 

— Richard Rives Richard Rives – Biblical Researcher, Theologian, and Author

“And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.”

— Ephesians 2:1-3 (RSV)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”

— Ephesians 6:10-14 (RSV)

“There are two world views at odds with each other. One stands for God and the principles of His Word, and the other seeks to destroy them.”

— Janet L. Folger – President of Faith2Feeedom and Author

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!”

— Isaiah 5:20-23 (RSV)

“My message hasn’t changed. You are the light of the world You are the salt of the earth. You must from now on target darkness in society. We are almost there. The pain is for the Awakening. The Awakening is your children.”

— Johnny Enlow –

“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

— Matthew 25:31-34 RSV