This article is worthy of some serious contemplation.
When a people are no longer guided by values and faith in a divinity, the “State” is compelled to take over, and as that people become ever more secular, the “State” becomes ever more controlling, eventually becoming totalitarian.
This is why Marx (and present day “progressives”) sought to accellerate the process by declaring war on religion. By creating such a vacuum, it becomes much easier to establish a totalitarian regime. This was recognized by America’s “Founding Fathers” 240 years ago.