Karl Marx – German Philosopher and Father of Marxism
This primer summarizes the key points in Karl Marx (18 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) and Friedrich Engels’ (28 November 1820 – 5 August 1895) infamous 1848 work, and the resulting political movement that slaughtered 100 million, and as many as 200 million, people across the planet. It is also the ideological predecessor of the teachings of Saul Alinsky, the father of America’s radical progressive movement.
Despite the fall of the Soviet Union, Communism, Marxism and Socialism are alive and growing internationally, including growing in strength within the United States. Before looking into the Communist Manifesto, it’s critical to show what Marx wanted.
His goal was to radically change the world. His perverse vision is exposed in this passage from W. Cleon Skousen’s analysis: “The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom”
“It is a terrible and awesome thing when a man sets out to create all other men in his own image. Such became the goal and all-consuming ambition of Karl Marx. Not that he would have made each man equal to himself; in fact, it was quite the contrary. The image he hoped to construct was a great human colossus with Karl Marx as the brain and builder and all other men serving him as the ears and eyes, feet and hands, mouth and gullet. In other words, Marx surveyed the world and dreamed of the day when the whole body of humanity could be forced into a gigantic social image which conformed completely to Marx’s dream of a perfect society.
To achieve his goal, Marx required two things:
- First, the total annihilation of all opposition, the downfall of all existing governments, all economies and all societies. Then, he wrote, I shall stride through the wreckage a creator!
- The second thing he needed was a new kind of human being.
He visualized a regimented breed of Pavlovian men whose minds could be triggered into immediate action by signals from their masters. He wanted a race of men who would no longer depend upon free will, ethics, morals or conscience for guidance. Perhaps, without quite realizing it, Marx was setting out to create a race of human beings conditioned to think like criminals.“
Now that we know Marx’s strategic goal, let’s visit his and Engels’ Manifesto.
1. The Communist Manifesto was written by Communists of “various nationalities” with the intent of:
- “Openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, aims, …tendencies”
- “In short, the Communists everywhere support revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.”
- “They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions”
2. “General Intent Across All Countries”
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
- *A heavy and progressive or graduated income tax.
- Abolition of all right of inheritance. (Death Tax in the U.S.)
- 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. (ex. Nearly all student loans are now owned by the Federal Government).
- 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.
- 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 equitable distribution of the population over the country. (President Obama’s efforts to distribute populations across the U.S. through immigration and HUD policies)
- *Free education for all children in public schools. Destroy home education by socializing education.
*Fully or Partially instituted within the U.S.
3. Communist Foundational Premise:
World History is the history of class struggles, oppressors vs oppressed, in constant opposition to one another. The oppressors hoarded civilizations wealth, while the oppressed toiled under the oppressors for meager cash payment.
- Named modern oppressors the “Bourgeois”.
- Named modern oppressed the “Proletariat”.
4. The Bourgeois is responsible for all of humanity’s ills, including:
- Stripping every occupation (including professionals) into paid wage laborers, reducing them to slaves.
- Craftsmen were reduced to unskilled machine operators.
- Reduction of the family relation to a mere money relation.
- “Compels all nations to adopt the Bourgeois mode of production…” creating a world after “…its own image”.
- Massive global productive expansion that created an “…epidemis of over-production”.
- The strength advantage of male laborers over women was eliminated by modern industrial machinery.
“…not only has the Bourgeois forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons-the modern working class-the proletarians.”
5. Every class struggle is a political struggle.
The struggle between Bourgeois and Proletariat grows from localized struggles, into trade unions with national struggles, and eventually global revolution, where the Proletariat inevitably overthrows the Bourgeois.
“The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties”.
Communists ally themselves with numerous parties who oppose the bourgeoisies in “…whatever country they are in”.
6. Communists believe themselves above the working-class parties of every country:
They are the “…most-advanced and resolute understand the line of march the conditions and results of the proletarian movement”.
7. The Stated Theory of Communism: “The abolition of private property.”
Capital is a collective product only by the united action of all members of society, can it be set in motion. Bares eerie resemblance to President Obama’s comment “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
“Capital is a social power and should be converted into common property.”
“The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage”. Described as requisite in bare existence as a laborer.
Freedom under bourgeois means “…free trade, free selling and buying”. Communists intend to do away with buying and selling, and property. Disagrees with the argument that once private property is abolished, that all work will cease, and universal laziness will take hold.
8. Communists intend to abolish the family, believing bourgeois poisoned the family’s foundation. Disgusted with the “…hallowed co-relation of parent and child.” Does Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village, have it’s root philosophy in this Marxist concept?
Look at marriage with disdain, as it is also corrupted by the bourgeois. Want to create an openly legalized community of women.
9. Communists Intend to abolish countries and nationality. Is this what Obama wanted to do bysubverting U.S. sovereignty to international actors? Is the leftist UN global government intent a manifestation of this?
10. Communism abolishes eternal truths, all religion, all morality.
The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State; i.e. of the proletariat organized as the “ruling class”.
Noted Author Trevor Loudon’s discussion of communist Influence, and the devious means used to expand it.
Abolition of all morality – looks like Saul Alinsky’s 11 Rules of Ethics of Means and Ends
Examples of Communist Influence In US:
Examples of Democrat Party Leaders Unable to Differentiate Socialist From Democrats: