Updated: Dec 3, 2019
The Communist Manifesto, originally titled Manifesto of the Communist Party is over 170 years old but it is probably more relevant to the United States today than it has ever been. When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote it in 1847 the world was a very different place.
Let’s look at this work from the modern American political perspective. You will probably be surprised at the steps outlined for communist takeover spelled out in the manifesto that are already underway in our great republic.
Marx and Engles start with a basic assumption that is either not accurate in comparison to modern America or is just plain wrong. They claim that the proletariat, poor working class, make up 90% of the population. They describe the working class as barely earning enough to survive, what we would call poverty today. In our great republic, less than 15% of the population lives below the poverty line. Many more call themselves poor, but many of those are “poor” by choice. We all know people that always appear broke, but have huge car payments and are first in line to get the newest iPhone. Too many Americans fall into these traps.
The communist manifesto calls for the poor 90% to rise up and become the ruling class.
“the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy"
Think about those last few words. Win the battle of democracy. In the American republic, the first step to winning the battle for democracy would have to be the elimination of the electoral college. The efforts to eliminate the electoral college through Congress have fortunately failed. These failures to remove the electoral college legally have led to a movement to just make the system moot. One big movement is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. (https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/) Democracy, pure democracy, is not only mob rule, but it is also the clearly defined first step to the communist revolution. Therefore, those who wish to abolish the electoral college are helping to facilitate a communist revolution in America, wittingly or not.
That was what the communist authors called the first step. Then there are ten more steps listed in the manifesto. You may be surprised to see how many of these ten steps are already well underway in the United States.
Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
o American communists haven’t made much progress in this area yet, but a tax on owning land should be considered. If property taxes are raised high enough land ownership will likely fall.
· A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
o Our federal income tax in the United States is 106 years old. What started as 3% or less tax has definitely become “a heavy progressive” tax. Many of our elected officials want to make the income tax even heavier and more progressive.
· Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
o Again, taxation has been the start here. Inheritance tax is a tax on money that has already been taxed. It is a power grab by the government for no reason other than they can.
· Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
o Keep an eye out for this one. A rebel to a communist is what we call a patriot.
· Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
o Student debt has already been centralized. Our interest rates are all related to the central power of the Federal Reserve. All debt has not been centralized, but it is safe to say that this step is well underway.
· Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
o FAA, TSA, FCC, FTA, DOT, NTIA, NHSA are some of the federal agencies pushing this step closer and closer to fruition.
· Free education for all children in public schools.
o This was done many years ago in the United States and now we see the push to expand free education beyond children through college.
In addition to the steps, the manifesto claims that the family will disintegrate with the migration of education to the state system. Maybe this is part of the reason why our founding fathers did not mention education as one of the enumerated powers of the federal government. There is no doubt that the nuclear family is disintegrating. Is federal involvement in education to blame, even partially is a question worth researching
Marx and Engels called for the distinction between town and state o be dissolved. Every federal overreach helps to usher this along. The sovereign states of the United States of America become less and less sovereign each time the federal government violates the tenth amendment and legislates an issue reserved to the states. Every time the federal government bribes or extorts states to submit to the federal will the distinction between the town, state, and country dissolves a little more.
The Communist Manifesto predicts that “united action by leading nations will lead to the rise of the worker”. This is yet another reason to keep a watchful eye on the push for one-world governance. We must carefully monitor the United Nations and all other multinational organizations.
The nature of all government is to grow. All governments, regardless of type, continuously expand their own power. Communism and/or dictatorship eventually become the easy way to facilitate the hunger for government expansion. Our founding fathers wrote so many restrictions on government into the founding documents because they knew this natural tendency. We the people have sat idly by and watched our federal government violate these founding restrictions and now we are beginning to see the consequences.
One final assumption of the Communist Manifesto that does not pertain to the United States. The working man has no country. Marx and Engels obviously were not familiar with the American people when they wrote that. The American working class is the most patriotic group the world has ever seen. We have been complacent in our trust of our government for too long. The communist revolution has begun in our great republic. It is time for us to end this movement within Washington D.C. and take our governance back.