Helms School of Government
Government: Politics and Policy
Marxism, Christianity, United States, Venezuela, Marx
Comparative Politics | Political Theory
Riddick, Jonathan, "An Evaluation of the Marxist Paradigm in Comparison to a Biblical Worldview: The Case of Venezuela" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 1149.
This research was conducted to address the pressing paradigmatic split in modern American society between Marxism and Christian governing principles. The prevailing concept that governed this research is that Marxism degrades governments and societies and is inherently destructive. The exposition of Marxism’s deconstructive character transpires in this research by comparing the implementation of Marxist principles in Venezuela to the application of biblical principles in the United States. A brief historical context of Marxism and Christianity is considered alongside each worldview’s values and implementation of such values. Each worldview’s foundation is then evaluated by an investigation into Venezuela’s utilization of Marxist ideals accompanied by the effects the worldview had on the nation’s institutional structure, economic health, and crime situation and justice system. Upon analyzing the effects that Marxism had on Venezuela is an analysis of the impact that biblical principles had on the United States in the same measures as Venezuela: institutional structure, economic health, and crime situation and justice system. In evaluating various research institute findings, government-issued reports, and assorted foundational documents of Marxism, Christianity, Venezuela, and the United States, this thesis considers a wide scope of data to adequately determine the effect of both worldviews on each nation. The findings of this inquiry revealed that Marxism quickly dismantles governments and societies, replacing them with ineffective and inadequate institutions incompatible with the needs of a nation’s citizens.