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  • Writer's pictureLeRoy Cossette

YOU BE THE JUDGE - ARE WE MARXISTS?

The Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto -

1848 by Karl Heinrich Marx.


Although Marx advocated the use of any means, especially including violent revolution, to bring about socialist dictatorship, he suggested ten political goals for developed countries such as the United States. How far has the United States -- the bastion of freedom, free markets, and private property -- gone down the Marxist Road to fulfill these socialist aims? 


You be the judge. The following are Marx's ten planks from his Communist Manifesto.


1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.


The courts have interpreted the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution (1868) to give the government far more "eminent domain" power than was originally intended. Under the rubric of "eminent domain" and various zoning regulations, land use regulations by the Bureau of Land Management property taxes, and "environmental" excuses, private property rights have become very diluted and private property such as land, homes, vehicles, and other forms of property are seized almost every day in this country under the "forfeiture" provisions of the RICO statutes and the so-called War on Drugs.

 

 2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.


The 16th Amendment of the United States Constitution, 1913 (which some scholars maintain was never properly ratified), and various State income taxes, established this major Marxist coup in the United States many decades ago. These taxes continue to drain the lifeblood out of the American economy and greatly reduce the accumulation of desperately needed capital for future growth, business starts, job creation, and salary increases.

 

 3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.


Another Marxian attack on private property rights is in the form of Federal & State estate taxes and other inheritance taxes, which have abolished or at least greatly diluted the right of private property owners to determine the disposition and distribution of their estates upon their death.  Instead, government bureaucrats get their greedy hands involved.

 

 4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.


We call it government seizures, tax liens, "forfeiture" Public "law" 99-570 (1986); Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of "terrorists" and those who speak out or write against the "government" (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process. (i.e. attempt to seize Donald Trump's New York property)

 

 5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state

capital and an exclusive monopoly.


The Federal Reserve System, created by the Federal Reserve Act of Congress in 1913, is indeed such a "national bank" and it politically manipulates interest rates and holds a monopoly on legal counterfeiting in the United States. This is exactly what Marx had in mind and completely fulfills this plank, another major socialist objective. Yet, most Americans naively believe the United States is far from a Marxist or Socialist Nation.

 

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.


In the United States, communication and transportation are controlled and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established by the Communications Act of 1934 and the Department of Transportation and the Interstate Commerce Commission (established by Congress in 1887), and the Federal Aviation Administration as well as Executive orders 11490, 10999 -- not to mention various state bureaucracies and regulations. There is also the federal postal monopoly, AMTRAK and CONRAIL -- outright socialist (government-owned) enterprises.   Instead of free-market private enteprrise in these important industries, these fields in America are semi-cartelized through the government's regulatory-industiral complex.

 

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.


While the United States does not have vast "collective farms" (which failed so miserably in the Soviet Union), we nevertheless do have a significant degree of government involvement in agriculture in the form of price support subsidies and acreage allotments and land-use controls. 


The Desert Entry Act, as well as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control businesses through corporate regulations.

 

 8. Equal obligation of all to work.  Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.


We call it the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two "income" family. Women in the workplace since the 1920's, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, Affirmative Action, the Federal Public Works Program, and of course Executive order 11000.


And I almost forgot...The Equal Rights Amendment means that women should do all work that men do including the military and since passage it would make women subject to the draft.

 

 9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the

distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population

over the country.


We call it the Planning Reorganization Act of 1949, zoning restrictions (Title 17 1910-1990: Clean Energy Financing Program and Super Corporate Farms); Executive orders 11647 and 11731 - Federal Regional Council; and Public "law" 89-136, an Act to provide grants for public works and development facilities, other financial assistance and the planning and coordination needed to alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment in economically distressed areas and regions.

 

10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor

in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.


People are being taxed to support what we call 'public' schools, which indoctrinate the young into Marxist-Communists to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the National Education Association (NEA) and Outcome Based "Education."


So, I ask you, is the United States a "free country" today? 


Hardly!  Not compared to what it once was. Yet very few Americans today challenge these Marxist institutions, and there are virtually no politicians calling for their repeal or even gradual phase-out.   


While the United States of America may still have more freedoms than most other countries, we have nonetheless lost many crucial liberties and have accepted the major socialist attacks on freedom and private property as normal parts of our way of life. 


The nation has gradually turned away from the principles of individual rights, limited constitutional government, private property, and free markets and instead we increasingly have embraced the failed ideas of socialism and fascism. We should hang our heads in shame for having allowed this to happen.


But it is not too late to reverse these malicious and wicked burdens and instead enact pro-freedom reforms to put our nation back on track again. It can be done.


In some ways the Left has a head start on pro-freedom rights. 


The enemies of American freedom do admittedly dominate the entertainment industry, news media, and academia -- but we have the tremendous strategic advantage that reality (including man's nature) is on our side; so, unlike the socialists and "liberals" (welfare-state fascists), we are not in the position of having to advocate a system which constantly tries to "make water to go uphill" -- or force human beings into a rigid perfect straitjacket based on the whims of some faction of central planning bureaucrats. 


We know that individual freedom for peaceful people within a constitutional republic works in practice; our country's history demonstrates that. The piecemeal abandonment of those principles and institutions which once made America great has proved to be a dead-end road to failure. 


Just as Prohibition was eventually repealed, I feel encouraged that such key socialist achievements as the income tax, government schools, fiat money/central banking (the Federal Reserve), "environmentalist" regulations, property forfeiture laws, and other Marxist planks and leftist institutions can be rolled back and repealed altogether, although it may take several decades.


Those who would carry forward the ideas and principles of self-ownership, private property, free markets, the rule of law, and constitutionalism must become more active on the key ideological battle fronts.  We need more influence not just in politics, but in areas of entertainment, academia, journalism, think tanks, churches, literature, art, and other venues of expression and activism.


In the United States we fulfill Marx’s 10 planks of a complete communist state on 1-8, and 10, kind of on 7 and maybe on 9. So, according to Marx’s vision of communism we are about 90 percent there. Good grief! It’s time to wake up and take action now before it is too late and the freedoms that we have come to expect in our beloved country are stripped away from us.

 

The government is marching us down the road to serfdom, but that doesn’t mean we have to join the parade. Time is short – be wise, be bold, be courageous, wake up and ACT!

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