We’ve come a long way since Sept. 19, 1955, when Soviet communist leader Nikita Khrushchev exploded with anger after he discovered he was barred from visiting Disneyland.
Back then, during the Cold War, most Americans were radically opposed to the tenets of communism. Today, most Americans are confused about what communism is, and they are actually being shoved down the slippery slope of socialism without even knowing it. Let me explain.
According to Britannica Encyclopedia, socialism is a societal system in which property, natural resources and the means of production are owned and controlled by the state rather than by individuals or private companies. A basic belief of socialism is that society as a whole should share in all goods produced, as everyone lives in cooperation with one another.
Britannica says socialism is “in opposition to capitalism, which is based on private ownership of the means of production and allows individual choices in a free market to determine how goods and services are distributed.”
“Socialists,” the encyclopedia says, “complain that capitalism necessarily leads to unfair and exploitative concentrations of wealth and power in the hands of the relative few who emerge victorious from free-market competition – people who then use their wealth and power to reinforce their dominance in society.”
The crazy thing about those “socialist complaints” is that they are the exact ones coming from this present White House. They were also championed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who made these critical points in the “The Communist Manifesto“(1848), stating “the condition for the free development of each is the free development of all.”
In short, as History.com explains, “The political pamphlet – arguably the most influential in history – proclaimed that ‘the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles’ and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever.”
Though the terms socialism and communism are often used interchangeably, there is at least one key difference: Under socialism, decisions are made by the people, for the people; under communism, decisions are made by the government. But therein lies the main problem: socialism has often laid the bedrock for communist governments.
That is why the founding head of Soviet Russia, Vladimir Lenin, said, “The goal of socialism is communism.”
What younger Americans need to know or remember about history is that, by 1950, 100 years after “The Communist Manifesto” was written, roughly half the world’s population lived under Marxist governments and by the principles in the manifesto following various communist revolutions.
Here is a summary of those principles, Karl Marx’s “10 Planks”:
- Abolition of Property in Land and Application of all Rents of Land to Public Purpose.
- A Heavy Progressive or Graduated Income Tax.
- Abolition of All Rights of Inheritance.
- Confiscation of the Property of All Emigrants and Rebels.
- Centralization of Credit in the Hands of the State, by Means of a National Bank with State Capital and an Exclusive Monopoly.
- Centralization of the Means of Communication and Transport in the Hands of the State.
- 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.
- Equal Liability of All to Labor. Establishment of Industrial Armies, Especially for Agriculture.
- 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
- Free Education for All Children in Public Schools. Abolition of Children’s Factory Labor in its Present Form. Combination of Education with Industrial Production.
Now compare the “10 Planks” to the following 10 actions that have been taken and supported by radical extremists on the left in recent years:
- The defacing and destruction of national monuments, particularly America’s founders from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln and everyone in between.
- The dumping and disdain of American patriotism and Exceptionalism, including the movement to remove American flags because it means you are a “white-supremacist extreme Republican.”
- Support for cancel culture or call-out culture; the modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be on social media or in person, when you don’t’ agree with the secular progressive majority.
- The dismantling of nuclear family
- The dismantling of Constitutional rights, particularly free speech, religious liberty and right to bear arms.
- The defunding and diminishing power of police departments and law enforcement agencies (including border patrol), while there is an increase of flash mob burglaries across the country
- The growth of government power, and the state’s control over mainstream media
- Hostility toward God and religion (particularly Christianity), particularly in the secular progressive and WOKE education proliferation of academia
- The redistribution of wealth, which penalizes productivity because (liberals say) everyone’s got to “pay their fair share.”
- The massive growth of the entitlement nation, where people expect to live on and by government handouts.
Do you not clearly see in those 10 actions alone the road signs of socialism and communism coming fast down the tracks?
America’s Founders intended that “we the people” have the power, not government. They expected “we the people” to control our lives, not government. They empowered “we the people” to manage our money and free enterprise. They never expected Washington to have the answers and solutions for life, liberty and happiness, but God and “we the people.”
I’m reminded of the wisdom of President Gerald Ford, who said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
I couldn’t agree more with political satirist P.J. O’Rourke, who said, “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”
The worst thing about the growth of state power via socialism then communism is that it seeks to demolish the influence of God and religion. Marx was not just an atheist but anti-God. He hated Christianity. He called religion the “opium of the people.” He believed organized religion was the great oppressor and that religion would vanish as soon as communism flourished.
Instead, what Marx created was his “humanist religion” via the secular state. Loyalty to state replaced to loyalty to God and church. It resulted in government (not God) saying what was right and wrong, so it led to dominance and tyranny. Rather than liberate the common man, it enhanced their bondage and resulted in more than a hundred million deaths of innocent souls.
As ConservativeUSA.net explains, Marx’s communist pamphlet propaganda produced much more than merely a differing political philosophy: “The Manifesto was intended to incite violent revolution, was a recipe for tyranny itself [‘dictatorship of the proletariat’], and was later used as propaganda (a ‘glorious goal’ to believe in) to blind followers to the realities of the brutal dictatorships that oppressed all workers and slaughtered millions under Communist rule. Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and Mao’s “‘Little Red Book’ served similar evil and deadly purposes.”
Best-selling author, historian and professor of political science Paul Kengor documents how Marx was devoted and inspired by the Devil himself in his outstanding book “The Devil and Karl Marx: Communism’s Long March of Death, Deception, and Infiltration.” In it, he uncovers the truly sinister soul of the man whose writings and economic philosophies have helped create totalitarian, atheist governments such as the Soviet Union, Mao’s China and Castro’s Cuba.
Kengor gave an enlightening, must-see interview in February 2021 in which he explained that Marx had an obsession with Satan and clearly sought to destroy organized religion.
“He was a very angry man, yeah. Yeah, very angry. All the people around him couldn’t stand him,” Kengor said. “And Engels was one of the only people that was really able to hang in there with him at all. In fact, the only reason that Marx was able to do what he did was because of the inheritance that Engels had inherited from Engels’ own wealthy, capitalistic, Christian, conservative father. Which is ironic too, because in the 10-point plan in ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ point three calls for abolition of all right of inheritance.”
Kengor added: “Marx is just a miser after mooching as much money as he could from his mother and father. They finally cut him off, and then it was left to Engels to subsidize him, and Engels was offended at how Marx did this. But Engels did so really to help out Marx because of Marx’s wife, Marx’s family. Engels felt bad for Marx’s family. Marx refused to get a job. He refused to work. Marx’s poor long-suffering wife, Jenny, his mother – they both expressed the wish that Karl would start earning some capital rather than just writing about capital. Children in the Marx household died, arguably, from malnutrition, exposure to the elements. It’s horrible what happened.”
Kengor said Marx’s descent into atheistic and Darwinian materialistic darkness was reflected in his poems and plays, which were “filled with destruction, death, suicide pacts.”
“Can you name for me any individual that you could think of in all of history who had two daughters who killed themselves in suicide pacts with their husbands, of all things?” Kengor asked.
Marx was “quite cruel,” Kengor added, “to one of the husbands, Paul Lafargue, because he was partly Cuban.
“Marx was an out and out vile racist, and he referred to Paul as ‘the gorilla,’ and there are letters between him and Engels going back and forth.”
Prolific author Robert Payne (1911-1983), who was best known for his biographies of prominent historical figures, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Marx, Lenin, Mao and Mahatma Gandhi, wrote about Marx: “There were times when Marx seemed to be possessed by demons. He had the devil’s view of the world and the devil’s malignity. Sometimes Marx seemed to know that he was accomplishing works of evil.”
Marx himself wrote in a poem, “Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well … my soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell.”
Kengor cited a second hell-bent poem from Marx: “See this sword, this blood-dark sword, which stabs unerringly within my soul? Where did I get this sword? The Prince of Darkness. The Prince of Darkness sold it to me. The hellish vapors rise and fill the brain until my heart goes mad, until I go utterly insane.”
What should disturb us is that Marxism is behind many of the philosophies of the modern-day cultural woke movements, such as Critical Race Theory, Critical Social Justice and Black Lives Matter.
Of course, today’s extremist liberals in the U.S. aren’t going to quote ‘The Communist Manifesto” as they continue their political escapades to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” as President Obama stated a decade ago. (In previous columns, I’ve thoroughly documented their communist political playbooks, found in the works of neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the Cloward-Piven strategies.)
I totally agree with Alice O’Connor (1905-1982), better known by her pen name Ayn Rand. She was a Russian-American writer and philosopher who was born and educated in Russia. She knew firsthand what it was like to live under Joseph Stalin.
Her life in Soviet Russia is what gave her particular insight when she later wrote these words in America about American politics: “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” (And she wrote all that prior to her death in 1982! Think what she would write today about the U.S.!)
The fact is, the present Biden administration and most of today’s Democratic Party are neo-Marxist liberals, many without even knowing it. They run a government much more congruent to the Communist Manifesto than the U.S. Constitution, which they swore to uphold and follow. Karl Marx would be proud of their progress toward communism!
If we don’t stop them now by appointing more constitutionally conservative leaders, they will easily continue to lead most Americans (particularly younger generations who are being taught neo-Marxist ideologies in public schools) down the slippery slope to communism.
If the citizens of the United States are to preserve the principles in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights, we must first thoroughly reexamine and learn about each of them. We must then uphold America’s founding documents by testing every political action in light of them. Then, we must encourage and instruct our households and posterity to do the same.
As Benjamin Franklin said at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”
(Again, to learn and share more about socialism and communism in the U.S., I encourage you read my columns on the political playbooks found in the works of neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky’s, “Rules for Radicals” and the Cloward-Piven strategies. You can also find much more in my New York Times bestseller “Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.” For younger children, I highly endorse our friend Mike Huckabee’s free “Kids’ Guide to Fighting Socialism.”)
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