It helps to read the Communist Manfesto by Karl Marx:
Communism requires that there be a classless society, no on is richer or more privileged than anyone else. Everyone earns the same from doctor to maid, to govt official. Everyone works to the common good not to the individual self interest per say. The individual self interest “is” the common good. He was ardent atheist that is true he believed any philosophy other then his own was weak that of course would be religion.
He wrote the Communist Manifesto because of the terrible conditions he observed men, women, and children had to work in. They worked seven days per week 16 hour days. No brakes, no holidays. They had almost no access to medical care and you died rather early in life from disease, injury or starvation. This was not so for the factory owners, banker, political elite or the royals. This was a dark time in the the history of the Industrial Revolution.
The Bolshevik Revolution attempted to bring forth the utopia Marx and Lenin were promoting as a counter to the terrible conditions of starvation and over-work the people had to work under during the industrial revolution. Once Lenin died the likes of Stalin took over and the communist “utopia” died when Lenin died. Stalin was a power hungry dictator that desired wealth and power above all else he did his best to try to destroy his major rivals, the 1500 year old Orthodox Church being one of them. He and his henchman had all the wealth and all the power. Stalin used rationing and starvation as a tool to retain power and break the will of the people.
So communism died and was replaced by a ruthless dictator and his henchman. Stalin and his single party took on the name of communism and even quoted Marx but that was as far as communism went in the USSR. If Marx and the “so-called” communist party really wanted to adopt the utopia of communism they would had earned no more and no less than the lowest farmer. They would have no more or no less food then the street sweeper. The communist party would simply fulfill their function in a society where everyone was equal and no one had more power or authority than anyone else. As we know that was not the case when looking at the single party dictatorship of the so called communist party of fat cats and starving peasants.
So ya I did a little reading on the subject and none of that reading involved pamphlets of any political party.
The USSR may have been our enemy up to 1991 but that does not mean that they were “communist.” I might “call myself” superman but that doesn’t mean that I am. As far as the 60’s and 70’s are concerned, not all knowledge in and of itself from that time is corrupt just because it didn’t fit a nice clean; us and them narrative.
Amish and monks are communist as they are a society that works for the common-good. The self interest of the individual is fulfilled in meeting ones obligation to thier society. The glue holding their society together is Christ. Communism works on a small scale but tends to not work at all on a large scale as people in general are selfish and look for ways to look down on others and gain dominion over others at others expense. The main tool of choice in our society is money. Finally, I agree with you, the usa is headed down athiestic, left leaning society, under govermental control. I’m Eastern Orthodox Christian so I share your concern as far as the forced secularism is concerned.