by Bobby Casey, Managing Director
In all honesty, it seems I could have just titled this article, ‘The Communist Manifesto’, but I didn’t want to hurt the feelings of all those wealthy, successful Marxists out there. But for sake of comparison, let’s take a look at the 10 steps Marx states are the precursors to implementation of a stateless and classless society – in other words, Communist Utopia.
Please read and think carefully about each line item and how it relates to society today in the Western world. I will make a few short notations in bold regarding each item.
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
If you think you own your property, stop paying property tax and you will quickly learn who really owns it. What else is property tax but a rent payment to the state for the privilege of use of property?
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Nothing like penalizing success, eh?
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
At least we haven’t abolished ALL rights of inheritance, only about 50%…
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
There are multiple versions of this, but the most recent is the new proposed ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ in retaliation of Eduardo Saverin’s expatriation. This is nothing more than a childish playground tactic by idiots Bob Casey D-PA (no relation AT ALL btw) and Chuck Schumer D-NY. They are proposing a 30% tax on capital gains for anyone who renounces US citizenship. In the new world order it seems taxation is a justifiable excuse.
5. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
Welcome to the FCC ladies and gentlemen. Not to mention the Patriot Act granted blanket authorization to spy on all means of communication in the name of safety. As for transport, who owns (and taxes) the use of the roads? What about your license plate or driver’s license? How long would you survive driving in the US without permissions of the overlords?
6. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
The obvious response here is just take a look at the government chartered Federal Reserve. But dig a little more and you will understand how deep the rabbit hole really goes. All banks in the US can only operate with a license granted by the government. They also operate within the realm of the current monetary system of fractional reserve banking, which basically means for every $100 you put on deposit at your local Bank of America, they loan out $1000. Think about that for a minute – they pay you less than 1% interest on your $100 deposit, then loan you the $1000 and charge you 5%+. The government has granted the commercial banks a license to steal. Is it any wonder the ranks of government officials and bank executives are so incestuous?
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
The list is long here, but you can do a bit of your own homework. But think, utility, infrastructure, and defense companies. Not to mention the recently acquired auto, insurance and banking industries. Or what about farming subsidies and centralized planning of land use by zoning boards. You can also consider the huge amount of state-owned land, esp. west of the Mississippi River.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Welcome to the welfare state where everyone pays part of their income to support those less fortunate. Unemployment insurance schemes designed to make sure everyone has access to the necessities; plasma tv’s, Chevy Tahoe’s, and Sony Playstations. State supported armies…er…unions to ensure the evil capitalist doesn’t take advantage of his workers…
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.
Stick with me here as this gets pretty ‘conspiracy theory’, but I urge you to not dismiss this and think it over whether you agree or disagree. Beginning in the 1970’s there was a strong push towards home ownership by the masses with legislation that provided incentives for purchasing your own home. Even earlier, in the 1950’s, the American Dream was portrayed as owning your own home in the suburbs with the white picket fence. Did anyone else watch ‘Leave it to Beaver’ as a kid? Just look at the media over the past few decades and you will see the drive towards suburbia. Tax incentives for home ownership, low interest rates for 30 year mortgages, and a perpetual stream of media telling you that owning your own home is equated to success in America. This has all caused a dispersion on population and the massive growth of suburbs all across the United States. You could also consider this to be a top down (Government and big Corporations) plan to control workers and keep them immobile. Afterall, you are unlikely to move from Miami to Seattle for a $10,000 pay increase when you have a home worth $400,000 and $200,000 in equity.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.
From my perspective, this is one of the most destructive parts of the American society today – free public education. The US Department of Education is one of the least inefficient and utterly useless agencies in the government today. I find it ironic that the institution designed to educate our children is filled with society’s least intelligent citizens. If America could make only one change that would make the largest positive impact, it would be to dismantle the US Department of Education and provide some type of incentive to privatize every public school in America. The school system now is designed to churn out slave labor. Your children are being taught how to be good little serfs and follow orders from their corporate or government bosses. Creativity is frowned upon and servitude is rewarded. Anyone ever heard, ‘get a good education, get a good job, and retire after 40 years with a gold watch’?
I would encourage you to go back through this and reread Marx’s 10 point checklist. Don’t take my analysis at face value. Do your own research and think for yourself. You may not agree with everything discussed here, but some of the items cannot be ignored.
History tells no lies. Marx’s experiment was a complete and utter failure. What makes you think the new American Manifesto will be successful?
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