Most American students never read the Communist Manifesto at all, and certainly not in any quality comparative way, but I believe that reading and comparing it's ideas to the ideas of our founders, who created the antithesis to it, is a imperative in broad education. Most Americans reject warning voices about the threats of statism in our own country. They call those who warn of the tyranny we face, radical extremists. American students today are taught history with gaping holes in it, they are persuaded to see history in a distorted way that favors the ideas of the statists like Karl Marx, and demonizes the character of the Founders of the greatest experiment in human freedom ever known to man. I believe that our public education curriculum intentionally leaves out an in depth study of the American Constitution, as well as, a similar and comparative study of it's antithesis, the Communist Manifesto. It is easier that way to mistake tyranny for freedom.
The Communist Manifesto postdates the Constitution by 61 years, and I believe in large part it was a reaction to America’s Great Experiment. Our founders laid out their vision for how the world would be transformed through the protection of individual liberty and equality under the law for all. Karl Marx countered by laying out his vision for world transformation, that contained the ultimate paradox, equality through force. Now we have a President who speaks of “transforming America” and a citizenry who barely questions what he plans to transform us into.
There are only two paths, the path that leads to freedom and the path that leads to tyranny. These two plans for human government cannot co-exist in the same system, for one is like a cancer designed to weaken the former until it is transformed into the vision of the latter. If the Constitution set our nation on a pathway to realize the greatest freedom the world has ever known, then a “fundamental transformation” would logically put us on a path leading to the greatest tyranny the world has ever known. Why do our public institutions today not teach American students these two visions in their entirety and let them compare which is more virtuous, more worthy of their love and support?
I have studied these two documents, probably more than the average American these days, though I am not an expert. What was clear to me in my study of the Communist manifesto, is that a fundamental transformation is taking place in America, just as Marx envisioned it would. I think few realize that the Manifesto is not just a statement of a worldview, but rather an active blueprint for how to get there. The plans Marx laid out for transferring a free society into the hands of an all-powerful state are well on their way to being realized in our own nation.
See for yourself. Of the 10 pillars of transformation laid out by Marx, how many have either been completely implemented, partially implemented, or become targets of progressive politicians? How weakened is our constitutional system become by the establishment of these communist pillars?
From the Communist Manifesto [commentary added]:
“The first step in the revolution is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy. The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest [seize], by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie [Meaning: Middle Class], to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State… as rapidly as possible.”
[Of course Marx explains that in some more “advanced countries,” this centralization of state power will require “further inroads upon the social order” by incremental establishment of 10 pillars of “reform.”]
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. [Huge inroads have been made to the diminishment of personal property rights through eminent domain law, environmental law, estate law, and progressive tax law.]
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. [Little known fact: America has the most progressive tax system in the “free world.”]
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. [Heavy estate and death taxes]
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. [This comes after the statist seizes total control, for now it aids there revolutionary aims to allow illegal aliens and criminals to weaken our social institutions and cause economic strains on the welfare state.]
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. [Federal Reserve and World Bank; complete control of student loan sector through regulation, Fannie Mea/Freddie Mack quasi government mortgage conglomerates that manipulate the housing industry via federal regulation and law. Manipulation of American currency and markets by the Treasury.]
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. [Extensive regulation of air, rail, and other modes of transport in the US. We don’t have a “state media” per sea, but we don’t have an independent media either. The vast majority of print and TV media today, what is sometimes called the “main stream media,” are heavily vested in aiding the fundamental social transformation of our constitutional republic, and heavily disseminate the statist propaganda.]
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. [Central planning at work in farm legislation and subsidies and environmental regulation.]
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. [Equal liability of all to work is Marx speak for “Income Equality,” next on President Obama’s political agenda]
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable. [This has been replaced by modern communist with “sustainable development” plans using global warming, now renamed “climate change,” as further excuse to regulate and centrally plan the movements of population.]
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. [We see this in mandatory attendance laws for public education, an ever expanding monopoly in education as the central government invades local control of education. We see the utter destruction of child labor, sure we don’t want kids working in sweat shops, but we have come so far as to require teenagers receive permission to work from their school principals; agents of the state. We see a movement in education toward “workforce development,” making state education a key piece in a centrally managed global economy, this at the expense of broad liberal education for the sustaining of a free society.]
It is clear to me that the statist are hard at work in our country, tearing down freedom in every one of these areas. They are instituting state control “by degrees” as Marx recommends. In America it has been a slow process thanks to the freedom bequeathed us by the patriotic dreams of our revolutionary parents, but nonetheless the statist in America works as quickly as possible as soon as they are installed into the seat of power. FDR worked at an astonishing pace to implement as much socialist policy as he could while he held majority power, and he set the progressive playbook for how this fundamental transformation would take place, a playbook being duplicated by our current President. If we are to preserve the freedoms that were so hard fought and so long defended we must open our view to these documents and view them in a correct prism of historical education. We must do it, and we must ensure that our children do it, or we will, as Ronald Reagan warned, spend “our twilight years telling our grandchildren what it was like in America when men were free.”
John Adams said that, "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." Why? I believe it is because of what Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” If we are to have a government that is dedicated to preserving our God given freedoms we must have children who are educated in the principles of freedom. If we are to have our children educated in the principles of freedom we must set education free from the clutches of state power. This may be the single most important battle in the struggle against statism in our times, the battle for freedom in education. Freedom in Education is Freedom Forever!
On Freedom: Understanding what threatens it and realizing our duty in defending it
From the Words of a great Champion of Freedom, President Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1985 – 1994.
“Freedom is an eternal, God-given principle. There is no genuine happiness without freedom, nor is there any security or peace without freedom. After traveling in practically all of the free countries of the world and several times behind the Iron Curtain, I say that Marxism is the greatest evil in this world and the greatest threat to all we hold dear.
“Shortly after the turn of this century, Charles Beard published his work An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. This book marked the beginning of a trend to defame the motives and integrity of the founders of the Constitution. It also grossly distorted the real intent of the founders by suggesting their motivation was determined by economics—a thesis that had originated with Karl Marx. Beard himself was not a Marxist, but he was a socialist in his thinking, and he admitted there was much we could learn from Marx’s ideas. Before his death Beard recanted his own thesis, but the damage had been done. This began a new trend in educational and intellectual circles in the United States.
“And if the time should come when you are associated with groups that take delight in tearing down our American way of life, then they seem to enjoy pointing out the weaknesses of our free enterprise system – and it has weaknesses; it has weaknesses because it’s operated by men and women who are full of weaknesses – but when those times come, when our system is criticized, just keep in mind the fruits of the system, the great blessings that have come to us because of our American way of life. No group of people have ever attained the standard of living which is ours. And so let’s become acquainted with what has been accomplished. It’s all right to criticize; it’s all right to try and improve our American way of life; but in doing so, let’s not surrender, let’s not give up, let’s not jeopardize that system which has made America great.
“To all who have discerning eyes, it is apparent that the republican form of government established by our noble forefathers cannot long endure once fundamental principles are abandoned. I have no fear we’ll ever lose it because of invasion from the outside. But I do have fear that it may slip away from us because of our own indifference, our own negligence, as citizens of this land.
“On what basis can we morally resist tyranny? I say to you with all the fervor of my soul that God intended men to be free. Rebellion against tyranny is a righteous cause. It is an enormous evil for any man to be enslaved to any system contrary to his own will. For that reason men, 200 years ago, pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. No nation which has kept the commandments of God has ever perished, but I say to you that once freedom is lost, only blood – human blood – will win it back.
“In recognizing God as the source of their rights, the Founding Fathers declared Him to be the ultimate authority for their basis of law. This led them to the conviction that people do not make law but merely acknowledge preexisting law, giving it specific application. The Constitution was conceived to be such an expression of higher law. And when their work was done, James Madison wrote: “It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.” The battles for freedom are not over yet, and there will yet be times when this great nation will need the overshadowing help of Deity. Will we as a nation be worthy to call upon Him for help?
“May we be worthy of the freedoms that have been provided us in our Constitution, and equal to the trials and tests that shall surely come. How then can we best befriend the Constitution in this critical hour and secure the blessings of liberty? We must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. Have we read the Federalist papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound?”
– Compilation of quotes by Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1985 – 1994; Latter Day Conservative: http://www.latterdayconservative.com/quotes/ezra-taft-benson/