Disinfo: Today’s global capitalism destroys religion, tradition, the family, spirituality, classical culture, and all forms of collective identities

Summary

Today’s global capitalism is culturally a left-wing phenomenon because it destroys religion, the family, spirituality, classical culture, and collective identities. Global capitalism admits only individual identities and destroys all collective identities, both traditional right-wing identities (such as the family, religion, nation), and left-wing identities (such as social class).

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that capitalism, liberalism, “globalism”and/or “global élites” destroy traditional values, religions, and cultures.

This narrative claims that, as a result of the deliberate destruction of tradition, community and the family, Western societies are dominated by unbridled individualism, nihilism, materialism and widespread immorality .

The narrative about “threatened values”, one of the most common pro-Kremlin narratives, suggests that those who are committed to traditional values are now threatened by those who oppose them and instead seek to establish a morally bankrupt dystopia.

There is no evidence that contemporary capitalism or liberalism seek to destroy traditional values. In recent decades social scientists have observed a resurgence of tradition and religious values in many capitalist societies, both Western and non-Western.

See a similar case claiming that the process of destruction of morality and family values in Europe has already reached a critical “point of no return”

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Religion, Western values, Capitalists, Conspiracy

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