The Left’s Ultimate Conceit: That The State is God

-By Warner Todd Huston

Most leftists like to claim that religion is a sham, or, as many say it, religion is the “opium of the masses.” But the simple truth is, the left doesn’t do away with God it merely replaces him with the state. Worse, the left eliminates the Christian ideal of the sovereignty of the individual by eliminating the individual making him but a cog in god’s machine of the state.

The left claims that man is “basically good” and proceeds from there to claim that his actions are a result of his “society.” This means that properly guided by the state, this “good” will keep man and his society on the proper track. Man can be “perfected” in this way and since there is no individual, men will simply inculcate the state’s will.

Therefore, this concept holds that man is beholden to the state for everything from his daily sustenance and his physical well being, to his intellectual life, essentially his soul belongs to the state. Without the state the man is not only nothing, but in fact, cannot exist.

Ultimately, all power to create, to cogitate, to “be” is in the hands of the state. The state does not answer to any one person or any group but is a power unto itself, one without limits. Ergo the state assumes the mantle of God and becomes a literal god in his place.

The left does not hate religion. The left IS religion.

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–Samuel Johnson

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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