March 06, 2012
I JUST READ THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO from start to finish. That was my first reading. It was quite an education. There was of course the list of 10 items that I have seen before:
These measures will of course be different in different countries.
Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.
It is interesting to see how many of these have come to be in the USA already.
Item number 1 is still a work in progress, but after you consider the fact that real property is in fact owned by the government, and those who "buy it" are immediately turned into renters, and if they fail to pay their (tax) rent, they are kicked off "their" property, no matter how many deeds to it they possess. At some point it is quite easy to see how that could grow into a complete annexation of all land by default by simply pushing the taxes up to a point where no one can afford them. (We had some neighbors back in the 1980s, who were about to complete their mortgage obligations on their house—pay it off completely—but they found that the property taxes had already grown larger than the mortgage had been.)
Item 2 has been around for some time.
Item 3 is touched upon with the probate process, but still is far from being enforced as of yet.
Item 4 is in part a revolutionary one. If you leave the country at this time you can hold on to what you own. But they do confiscate property of felons without any due process routinely. It would not be too large of a step to include some definition of "rebels" to include anyone who is a dissident to the way the government is operating.
Item 5 is in flux. WE have a centralized banking system, and in a sense all credit must pass through it. What it does control is definitely a monopoly. I am sure it will only grow into a more powerful entity with time.
Item 6 is a far more a completed action than most would realize. The entire television and radio system is indeed controlled by the State. They license the airways to an extremely limited number of powerful men. These men form an oligarchy of the media, which has also branched out to control the printed word as well. Now, some might quibble about that being centralizing the means of communication into the hands of the State, but when you realize that the media controls our elective process, and therefore our government, in a very real sense, the oligarchy is the State for all intents and purposes. Now the word "ALL" does not yet fully apply, but it is much closer to such application than most people would understand.
Item 7 The control of the State over factories and instruments of production is very strong, but these have not officially been nationalized as of yet. But the US Environmental Protection Agency, along with other agencies is making a good go of it on the second part of this item.
Item 8 is at the heart of much of what the government does. If you nudge out the definition of "labor" to include the unemployed, and unemployable, all those who are on the dole, then it becomes clear that we all are "liable to labour" through our mandatory, gun-at-your-head, taxes. Industrial armies may be on the table for the future, but the idea smacks of FDR's make work projects in the Depression. They will no doubt return.
Item 9 is not yet in force, but you can feel the pressure mounting in the government for such things. It wants to destroy any and all distinctions. The word discrimination is closely related to distinctions, because it is by identifying distinctions that you discriminate. For example, if someone has a degree in physics, it is a distinction, and if you hire him for your science department in industry, or in education, and turn down another with no such degree, you have performed an act of discrimination. Our government wishes to make that illegal of course. Or at least make it illegal to put anyone into a job where he earns more money because of some personal distinction. After all we keep hearing that "All men were created equal" and that means that all men are indeed identical and should be treated as if they were interchangeable. Why should a man earn more money, simply because he is smarter, or works harder? He is still just an equal and should be paid equally. This sort of reasoning keeps surfacing in discussions about public policy, etc.
Item 10's first clause is here and it is only fairly recently where we can see why it is such a destructive idea. Once you have a public school, you have a government controlled school, almost by definition. The State has moved in to claim its own and thereby destroyed the entire educational system. It should concern people at least as much as it does about child labor laws, that we protect child education conditions. And the final part of the item is interesting in its apparent contradiction of the second. Abolition of child labor, but connect child education to industrial production. This magic trick is covered by the qualifier, "children's factory labour in its present form." It isn't child labor in the factory that bothers the communist apparently, only the way it was being run. They could run it better they claim.
More than the actual details and the changes in our society that match them, is the intent of the items and the corresponding intent that is forever popping up in our own legislative discussions and editorial comments in the media. Even when we don't have the actual item, we have pressure to move in that direction, even if we have already moved a considerable distance in that direction.
Perhaps the most enlightening phrase I found was this:
In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.
How many times have I mentioned the fact that all the Media Lords' actions have merely been disruptive, and not at all producing the aims they claimed they had in order to justify those actions, often in fact producing the exact opposite of their stated goal? Here is the reason why. They want to pull things apart in any fashion they can. Communists always support any revolutionary movement against "the existing social and political order of things." They don't care about the movements, or the aims that are proclaimed as their cause. All they care about is destroying the existing system.
This is pure, unadulterated evil, and it flowed from the mind of the man I consider to be the most evil man in history: Karl Marx.
The fact that Americans are apparently unconcerned with how far we have gone down the road laid out by the Communist Manifesto is truly frightening. There is no movement afoot to reverse the terrible changes that have already occurred, and only a feeble opposition being mounted to hold back further changes.
This was a most exhilarating read. Staring the devil right in the eye that way is scary.