American Civics Research Library
General Notes from the Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx. Following excerpts are from Marx's
Own Communist Manifesto published in 1872.
Marx on property rights:
"The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property...In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property"
Marx on the family:
"Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists...Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty. But, you will say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social...The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parent and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor."
Marx on countries and nationality:
"The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality."
Marx on religion:
"But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience."
By: David Deschesne,
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal, November 18, 2009
I’m hearing a lot of talk about how the illegitimate usurper in the White House is now making us a Marxist (Communist) nation. While that may be true, it's been happening for over a century under the leadership of both the Republicans and Democrats.
We adopted Communism as far back as the 1870's and nearly every Republican and Democrat since then has wholeheartedly endorsed, fostered and nurtured its culmination in American society through this day. The ruse that was the House Committee on Un-American activities through the 1940s and 1950s was just a dog and pony show as the same Congress attempting to eliminate Communists from positions of power was also adopting that political ideology in all of its legislation. Property tax, income tax, fractional reserve central banking, debt based money, driver's licensing, public school education, dissolution of the family via Child 'Protective' Services and similar government programs we have all been taught to love and worship are derived directly from Karl Marx's infamous Communist Manifesto.
Communism, which is the political ideology behind the current bailouts, national health care program, public school infrastructure, etc, seeks to create a perfect world. However, there is no such thing as a “perfect world.” Even Thomas More admits his book, Utopia was a pleasant fiction.
Before the U.S. turned Communist;
-There was no central bank issuing credit derived from thin air, only gold and silver coin (which owes no debt to anyone) and very little debt. Everyone owned their property and didn't have to service massive amounts of interest on it, or the interest of preceding generations. Whenever banks issued banknotes as “money,” there were always booms and busts in the economy, which is why credit-based money was not allowed in the Constitution and why President Jackson refused to renew the charter of the 2nd Bank of the United States.
-There was no formal public school as we know it today through twelfth grade. Jefferson notes in his Notes on the State of Virginia that only three years of reading, writing and arithmetic were provided at the public expense, then private tuition was paid to learning institutions through the fifth grade. If the student wished, he could pay his tuition through the eighth grade which was then equivalent to a college education today. Since the education infrastructure was much more streamlined then, compared to today's Education Industrial Complex, with all of its social engineering and psychological flim flam, it simply didn't cost as much to turn out educated students. Also, parents weren't destroying their children's' minds with poisonous food additives, psychotropic drugs, television, etc. so they were much more “educatable.”
-There was no formal driver's licensing and vehicle registration system to command and control travel and movement, if you did damage, you were forced to pay, as you should. Since vehicles (horse/buggy) were much more modest and slower moving than today's esoteric, expensive, fast-moving automobiles, the cost of damages was much less. This is not an argument to move back to that slower lifestyle, just an observation and interpretation of the vast disparity of costs then vs. now.
-There was no income tax. All Federal taxes were derived from import/export taxes at the Union's sea ports, and excise taxes. The primary reason the War of Northern Aggression (a/k/a “Civil War”) occurred was the South, splitting from the North, represented nearly 70 percent of the General Government's income since they had most of the ports and did most of the importing and exporting. Oh, you thought it was to end slavery- read South Carolina's Nullification Ordinance of 1832 then Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation again, real slowly.
-While there were modest property taxes, the city could not take your entire property and keep it for a small tax debt. In Maine, in 1821, there was no income tax, only property and excise tax. If an outstanding property tax debt was due, they could only seize enough property to settle the debt - not the whole house, land and everything on it. If the property couldn't be split up, then it was sold for fair market value, the amount owed kept by the city and the balance of the sale given back to the property owner. Today, under Marx's system, you can lose a $200,000 house for $1,000 in back taxes, the city can sell it for $200,000 and keep all the money. And we call all this “progress.” Well, I guess it depends on whose side of the line you're sitting; the citizenry's or government's.
In a discussion I was in the other day, the point was made by another person that in a perfect world capitalism would be a thing of the past. He said, “Marxism is merely government controlled capitalism. Due to the advance of technology the concept of work in exchange for money is becoming obsolete and hastening the demise of capitalist society. Most jobs are becoming obsolete because technology can perform them more efficiently. As jobs become more scarce, the government is forced to become increasingly authoritarian because as the consumer's ability to consume decreases due to an inability to earn, complete collapse of the monetary system becomes imminent. As this occurs the government must intervene and prop up the consumer side of the economy through welfare type programs of some sort so that at least some consumption occurs to keep the economy running.”
While I ascribe to the “no work, no pay” capitalistic mindset in its traditional form, I will admit the person here makes some good points outside of the anti-capitalism stance.
“Jobs” and “money” are indeed the problem in many respects. When one considers at the end of the day all one needs to survive is food, water and shelter, then you could stay home and work to provide that on your own farm and have all the jobs you can handle. Instead of converting your labor into paper money, or other form, you would convert it directly into the food, water, shelter that you need to survive. While your lifestyle would be simpler, you would not be expending energy on somebody else's behalf, converting it into paper money, then trying to buy the things you needed to start with (i.e. food, water, shelter). For example, I convert my labor directly into cut and split firewood, then use more of my labor piling it, bringing it into the house, loading the wood stove, and getting heat out of it. I have all the work I can handle and am never for lack of a 'job' to do around the house. Others go to work for other people, convert their labor into 'money,' then share 30 percent of that 'money' with government before they take the leftover to buy fuel oil to burn in their furnace. At the end of the day both my house and theirs is warm, but I have all of my labor stored in the wood used for heat, while they only have 70 percent of theirs stored in fuel oil (even less, considering the State and Federal taxes on fuel oil).
The Amish can extrapolate this example further with water from their well (by hand), food and livestock raised for personal consumption, and milling their own wood (in many cases) to build and maintain their shelters.
Some friends of mine have stacks and stacks of canned beans and other produce from their garden- more than they can eat in one meal. That is Capital. I have 3-1/2 cords of wood stacked in my back yard, it is more than I can burn in a day. That is Capital. We are in that sense Capitalists and if we choose to trade one for the other, we would be operating within a Capitalist system. Neither of us is bad, or dishonest because the things we have in storage actually exist, unlike a banker who creates the illusion of wealth by printing money out of nothing to back a promise to produce those things in the future.
In this respect, capitalism is alive and well when more wood than is needed gets stored in the pile; more water than needed is drawn out of the well and stored in a reservoir; and more food than is needed is grown then canned for future use. The essence of capitalism is the storing of excess wealth- wealth in its most raw form is that which is derived from the land with the application of human labor. Money is not wealth, only a means of acquiring wealth - the things you actually need to live. This is the line of thinking of 19th century political economist Henry George from his book Progress and Poverty in case anyone would like to research further.
I wouldn't say my position here is “leftist,” perhaps more Jeffersonian husbandry than anything. At any rate, under this model there would be no worry for lack of work and less need for government to control us since we'd all be so busy taking care of ourselves and our families. Of course, I admit the problem is the work ethic has been taught out of our society by a government-run school system that teaches dependence on the very government that perpetually funds its existence in order to dumb society down and make them dependent on government. That type of system has always collapsed throughout world history, highly refined police state apparatus notwithstanding. Then, society has to provide for itself or die.
The Communists in Congress, a/k/a Republicans and Democrats, want to steal Capital from those who have acquired it and give it away to bankers and private corporations, then the scraps go to traditional welfare recipients in order to buy votes.
We have an illegal band of criminals running D.C. and our military via puppet legislators and an illegitimate president all bowing to the whims of multi-national banks and corporations. But, the majority of the American people are happy with that arrangement as long as the ball game's on TV and there's beer in the fridge. Be patient, those luxuries will be coming to an end soon with the further designed collapse of our economy to third-world status, then they'll probably wake up. But, by then we'll be too broke and poor to turn things around and a feudal system will have risen to rule over a new serf class - Amerika!