The Anti-Christ's system in Revelation 17-18 reads more like a free trade system, than a communist dictatorship.
The system creates great wealth and trade for the kings and nations of the earth. That cannot be anything like socialism or communism. Neither of which are capable of that.
Collectivism* is evil, Marxist communism is one of the greatest evils the world has ever faced. But more people have been enslaved or conquered by traders looking for new markets to exploit than have succumbed to Communism.
This is a hard message for the conservative to accept. But the free trade system is capable of worse evil than communism, because it is far easier to buy people off to incentivize them to evil, than it is to enslave them with force. You saw this in 2020-22 where the populations of many nations were bought off to stay home and stay safe. Most people accepted this willingly. Because the money flowed, the parcels kept coming, and the pleasures abounded.
Money is a root of all evil. Jesus, Peter and Paul warned us against moneyism more than collectivism. Yes collectivism is its own kind of evil. But the final peak evil empire will be a trade empire that makes wealth for everyone across the seas. John tells us:
"1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2 And he called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
3 For all nations have drunk
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
9 And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. 10 They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,
“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, 12 cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, 13 cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.
14 “The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your delicacies and your splendors
are lost to you,
never to be found again!”
15 The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,
16 “Alas, alas, for the great city
that was clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
17 For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”
And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
“What city was like the great city?”
Moneyism is evil. Seeing people as only economic markers leads to many of society's ills today. It's a slower poison than communism, but a more fatal one, because it's victims accept it, even defend it, with glee and it entrenches itself in the society as a good and spreads far and wide. Communism never achieved that to the same degree, it fizzled out.
Another word for money remember is capital, so another word for moneyism is...
Think about it. Think of the great harm that CEO's with budgets as large as national budgets can do to populations. Some of you who were once opposed to even considering this idea, must now be more open to it after seeing in the last few years how corporations really rule the world. And how they can use their vast wealth to control populations the size of which Stalin could only dream of.
Moneyism is worse than communism, both observably and biblically. Beware Mammon.
*So is radical individualism, we are created not for collectivism or individualism, but to live in families.