Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote a short work called The Communist Manifesto. It is a manual for Marxism. About half way through, there is a 10 point summary. I list those ten points below with comments related to their application in America.
First, however, I need to add a qualification: I am banking on God in Christ, and 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 for a climactic future. I care about my country, but my affections are elsewhere.
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.
I know a certain man who is retired. He paid off his house back in the 1970s. He now pays more per month for property tax than he used to pay when he had a mortgage in the 1970s, and must continue to rent the place (as it were) from the government.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Compare this to America’s tax rates.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
America does not do this (rather, inheritance is taxed with an estate tax).
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
This does not apply to America. If it did, someone would have to define “rebel.” But notice the power of Homeland Security, the IRS, SEC, EPA, CIA, and FBI. Who can oppose the IRS or EPA?
5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
America has a Federal Reserve, Federal Banking System, Federal mint, and the new bail-out programs.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
In America, there is the FCC and things of that sort (even the new Internet Czar). For transportation, America has the FAA, Department of Transportation, all those government weigh-stations, regulated trucking, interstate regulations by the Surface Transportation Board and the new TSA, and even a stake in car companies.
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 approximation of this in America are unions (most of them aligned with the government in varying degrees).
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
American does not oblige anyone to work.
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.
America has farm subsidies and regulates agriculture and food with the FDA.
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 is provided for preschoolers and toddlers. And America’s public universities are the places of the transferring of these ten ideals. And from those colleges, America obtains its teachers who work in the elementary and secondary schools — with the national educational union (NEA) integrated throughout.