In 1848, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels published a short booklet entitled The Communist Manifesto. Within its pages, the authors laid down ten specific goals for the establishment of the ideal state, a society based on collectivism.
Consider each of the ten planks and how close the Democratic Party (and to some degree the Republican Establishment) is to the ideals of Marx and Engels:
1) “Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.” Private property is a cornerstone of a free society but those rights are slowly eroding before our eyes. The Supreme Court’s Kelo decision in 2005 put a major dent in private property rights, while states and local governments (since most major cities are dominated by Democrats) have been even more tyrannical, especially with zoning regulations. Marx always said that if he had to define Communism in one sentence it would be “abolition of private property.” And that is a major goal of the environmentalist movement.
2) “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.” This policy emerged on permanent basis under Woodrow Wilson in 1913, with the 16th Amendment, and there seems to be little incentive to end it, despite repeated attempts at reform because it is the Democrats’ best redistribution tool.
3) “Abolition of all right of inheritance.” Though we have not banned inheritance, the federal government takes an enormous bite out of large estates, which was Marx’s goal. Republicans tried to get rid of the inheritance tax but today the government can take 55 percent of all estates over one million dollars.
4) “Confiscation of all property of emigrants and rebels.” Though this may seem like it does not apply, liberals have threatened to go after the wealth of those that try to flee the nation to avoid paying heavier taxes. And, should any state or group of people rebel against the regime, you can bet you will be surrendering more than just your property. In fact, that was the plan of progressive Republicans during Reconstruction, to seize the land of every rebel!
5) “Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.” The Federal Reserve, also implemented by Woodrow Wilson, takes care of all of this and neither party has the gumption or desire to end the monopolistic control of money.
6) “Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.” The Feds control communication with the FCC and is tightening its grip on the Internet. Recent years have shown that our emails are not safe from the prying eyes of the government. Transportation funding, as well as commercial regulation, is almost entirely in the hands of Washington, while the planned expansion of the original powers of the TSA will complete the goal of full control of freedom of movement if it is not stopped.
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.” With government bailouts since 2008, Washington actually owned stock in large banks and in auto companies. The all-powerful, and growing, environmental agenda, led by the tyrannical EPA, is doing exactly what Marx envisioned.
8) “Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.” The first part of this goal might seem laughable, with our massive welfare state, but it’s really not, when you stop to consider that these people are literally wards of the state. How can they call themselves free, to be trapped in such a pitiful system with no real way to climb out of it? But doesn’t “industrial armies” sound a lot like Democratic union thugs? And if the economy collapses, we might all be working for the state in the future, just as people did in Communist regimes.
9) “Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equal distribution of the population over the country.” Under Obama there was a much stronger favoritism toward urban areas, the major cities of the nation, and a growing distain for the heartland. That has lessened under Trump but not with Democrats. They loathe rural America, small towns, and the heartland, which is a major reason Hillary lost.
10) “Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of child factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.” We have abolished child labor (not that we shouldn’t have) and the government has basically taken over the education establishment. Marx wanted state control of schools, not to provide children an education, but to indoctrinate them with communistic ideals. Our government schools have become nothing short of indoctrination centers – secondary, primary, and higher education.
As James Madison said to the Virginia Ratification Convention in 1788, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
And that’s what we are seeing here; not socialism or communism brought to our shores by a violent revolution, as Marx intended, but by stealth, policies put in place over time by liberal Democrats whose real goal is the destruction of liberty, not the lasting interests of the people.