In the last several years, particularly under the watch of President Obama, we have heard the shouts and accusations of Marxism and Marxist policy toward Congress and the White House. The words socialism, communism, and Marxism are thrown around at the drop of a hat–almost like the word racism. Do these words hold their true meaning any longer? In regard to the words “Marxist or Marxism,” is there actually a case to be made that the accusations are correct?
I have been in the conservative movement since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1984. I grew up in Northern Ohio and, as most Ohioan`s did, I grew up in a Democrat family. I remember how down-and-out America was at the turn of the decade in 1980. I remember how America was almost a dirty word in the wake of Vietnam, Watergate, and the oil crisis. Ronald Reagan did not really catch my eye because of his agenda–I had no “political” clue back then–he caught my eye because he made me proud of America once again.
I recently decided, after 20 plus years in politics, to read “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. I wanted to know for myself what Marx and Engels actually said and believed rather than what I had heard from others that they “said and believed.” I wanted to know for sure if the accusations toward President Obama and the National Democrat Party were valid, I wanted to see if they truly were legislating from a Marxist philosophy. My conclusion: Yes–they in fact are guilty as charged.
We live in a society today that is upside-down in terms of truth in reporting and a media which serves to inform and protect Americans from bad government. In days of old, or should we say “once upon a time,” the media was a true watch dog, they protected the common citizen from the government and from falsehoods coming from politicians. They were Americans first and reporters second; they were reporters first and Democrats or Republicans second–those days are gone.
Today, on both sides of the political isle, we have Democrats and Republicans first and reporters second. We have reporters and politicians who are decidedly Marxist first and Americans second. I will back up this article with a few direct quotes from “The Communist Manifesto,” I will in effect report the facts and let you can decide. It is, however, my strong opinion that in spite of the facts I have found for myself by simply reading the book my Marx and Engels, others will still not be convinced. It is for this reason I will start with a famous quote by Herbert Spencer:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
Direct quotes from Karl Marx and “The Communist Manifesto” which have relevance to current political arguments:
“Democracy is the road to socialism.”
“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”
“The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.”
Here is the real kicker; as you read this list of the goals of a communist movement you will recognize legislation which already exists in America.
“Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable:
1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3) Abolition of all right of inheritance.
4) Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5) Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6) Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
7) Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of soil generally in accordance with a common plan. (Marx believed in an agrarian society).
8) Equal liability of all labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
10) Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children`s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.”
Many of these types of goals and agenda`s are already in place in America. I cannot give every quote in this short article but suffice it to say that Marx hated progress, the rich, and especially private property. Sound familiar?