Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote a short work called The Communist Manifesto. It is a manual for Marxism. It does not take long to read, and about halfway through, there is a 10 point summary. I list those ten points below with comments about America (I am an American after all).
First, however, I need to add a qualification: I am banking on Jesus not America! I don’t analyze America and Marxism as if I think that the USA is somehow the center of God’s redemptive plan or climactic future. I care deeply about my country’s future, but my affections rest with Jesus and the success of the Church! I write more about this on my Jesus Blog. Okay, with that qualification in place, on to the 10 Points…
The 10 Points of Marxism, quoted from an English translation of the Communist Manifesto:
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
If you think you own land in America, then try this: stop paying property tax and see what happens. I know a certain man who is retired. He paid-off his house back in the 1970s. So he owns his house, right? No. He now pays more per month for property tax than he used to pay when he had a mortgage in the 1970s.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
This is the opposite of any trickle-down scheme. Marx says that you do not decrease taxes at the top (as if the outcome would stimulate a business to re-investment into its own business).
The old dictum, “No taxation without representation” is not transgressed by Marxism, for it is our own representative form of government that sets taxes according to Marx’s scheme.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
In America we don’t abolish inheritance, we levy an Estate tax against it.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
In a Marxist system, the word “rebel” would be applied to anyone for whom confiscation would be merited.
5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
The Federal Reserve, Federal Banking System and Federal mint — agencies that print money, employ quantitative easing, and bank-roll bail-outs.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
The FCC, the Internet Cza, the FAA, Department of Transportation, all those government weigh-stations, regulated trucking, interstate regulations (Surface Transportation Board).
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.
EPA, USDA, and even through outright ownership of automotive companies.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
We tell one man how much to minimally pay another man for his work. Work or no work we will feed a man, give him health care and provide shelter. Industrial armies are unions.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
Subsidize farmers paid not to farm on certain land when and where we want to control the production of certain crops (farmers can even be paid for not producing a crop).
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, etc.
Free education for all children, and then student loan programs, pre-school for toddlers.
When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared, and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another.
Political power will all go away. Bunny rabbits and unicorns will gently rule the world and nobody will hurt anyone.
These ten-points look like a party platform I know about. Which platform though? The Communist Party? The Republican Party? It’s not that hard to tell.