The Apogee and Crisis of the Third Revolution

August 19, 2021


1. The Apogee of the Third Revolution

As we have seen,1 three great revolutions constituted the chief stages of the process to gradually demolish the Church and Christian civilization: in the sixteenth century, humanism, the Renaissance, and Protestantism (First Revolution); in the eighteenth century, the French Revolution (Second Revolution); and in the second decade of this century, Communism (Third Revolution).

Tired of the guillotine, the French Revolutionaries turned to another horrible method of dying called noyades. Between 90 to 150 people being stowed in the hold of a vessel, the vessel was scuttled in mid-stream, and the victims drowned. This particular method was carried out by Jean-Baptiste Carrier. Priests and nuns were among those murdered in this barbaric manner.

These three revolutions can only be understood as parts of an immense whole that is the Revolution.

Since the Revolution is a process, it is obvious that, from 1917 to the present, the Third Revolution has continued its course. It is now at a true apogee.

When we consider the territories and populations subject to communist regimes, we see that the Third Revolution holds sway over a world empire without precedent in history. This empire is a continuous cause of insecurity and disunion among the greatest noncommunist nations. Moreover, the leaders of the Third Revolution control the strings that move, throughout the noncommunist world, the openly communist parties and the immense network of cryptocommunists, paracommunists, and useful idiots infiltrated not only into the noncommunist, socialist, and other parties, but also into the churches,2 professional and cultural associations, banks, the press, television, radio, the movie industry, and the like.

Martin’s Patershof hotel, a former Catholic Church owned and run by the Friar Minors. Established in Mechelen, Belgium around 1231, it was converted into a hotel in 2006. Photo by visitflanders.

And as if this were not enough, the Third Revolution applies with devastating efficacy — as we shall subsequently explain — the tactics of psychological conquest. With these tactics, communism is succeeding in reducing immense segments of the noncommunist Western public opinion to a foolish apathy. Such tactics enable the Third Revolution to expect, in this terrain, yet more remarkable successes that are even more disconcerting to observers who analyze events from outside the Third Revolution.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Part III, Chapter II, pg. 129-130.

1 See Introduction and Part I, Chapter 3, 5, A-D.

2 We speak of infiltration of communism into the various churches. It is indispensable to register that this infiltration is a supreme danger to the world, specifically in so far as it is carried on in the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church. The reason for this is that she is not merely a species of the genus churches. She is the only living and true church of the living and true God, the only Mystical Spouse of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In relation to the other churches, she is not a greater and more brilliant diamond among smaller and less brilliant one: She is the only true diamond among “similars” made of glass.


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