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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Communist Manifesto's Successful Implementation in the USA

The Communist Manifesto states that ten things need to occur in order to transform a society from capitalism to communism. Let's see how the USA scores. By my calculations, communism wins a resounding victory.

This list of Communist Manifesto planks was copied from Wikipedia. The exact same text can also be found in other sources.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

Anyone who owns land pays property tax. For example, with a property tax rate of 5%, you pay 5% of your property's value each year to the government. If you don't pay property taxes, your land is confiscated. Effectively, a person doesn't own their land; it's a perpetual transferable lease from the government. Owning something means you don't have to pay anything for the continuing privilege of ownership. By this standard, nobody in the USA owns land. All land is owned by the government and rent is paid.

Score: Communism 1, free market 0

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Need I say more?

Score: Communism 2, free market 0

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

Estate taxes are pretty hefty. The Bush tax cuts eliminate the income tax in 2010, although it reverts to the old law in 2011. People with tremendous wealth can use trusts to dodge estate taxes. However, they're paying an effective tax to their accountants and estate planning lawyers; for large estates, estate planning services take a percent of assets. Estate taxes hit hardest on families with a business valued in the $1M-$10M range. Their business may not have the cashflow to pay the estate taxes and they may be forced to sell. I'll score this as half a point for each side.

Score: Communism 2.5, free market 0.5

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Are you kidding me? There are many laws making it very easy for the government to confiscate the property of "terrorists" and other criminals. The law makes it very easy for the government to seize assets of people accused of tax evasion. With a globalized economy, you can't really transfer wealth outside of the country. Where else could it go? All countries have the same bad rules for capital ownership, with the USA having slightly better rules!

Score: Communism 3.5, free market 0.5

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

This is easy: The Federal Reserve.

Score: Communism 4.5, free market 0.5

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

There is pretty heavy government regulation of transportation and communication. Most telecommunication companies are big corporations that are heavily regulated. Centralized control in a few corporations is effectively the same as State control. A government-granted monopoly with heavy regulation is the same as State control. Televisions and newspapers are concentrated in a few corporations. However, the Internet is one noteworthy exception that is at risk for being crushed soon, if "network neutrality" is stopped. The free market manages another half-point here, due to the Internet. Will it be able to hang onto this half point? Will the free market score again?

Score: Communism 5, free market 1

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.

The farming industry is heavily regulated and government subsidized. Most industrial farms follow the practices set out by a few agricultural companies (i.e. Monsanto). Factories are hardly even built in the USA. Besides, concentration of manufacturing power in a few big corporations is effectively the same as State control. Maybe the free market should get partial credit here, but I'm going to give Communism a full point.

Score: Communism 6, free market 1

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

I think that "industrial armies" could be interpreted as huge corporate control of factories and farms. The food industry is certainly heavily regulated.

"Equal liability of all to labour". I'm not sure what that means. I think it means that most people are employees/wage slaves, rather than entrepreneurs. There are so many barriers to starting a small business that most people are effectively forced to work as employees. The average person is a laborer, not a capital owner. Even a small business owner is effectively a government employee, because of the confiscatory effect of income taxes.

Score: Communism 7, free market 1

9. 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.

Agriculture is mostly industrialized now. Small farmers are mostly squeezed out or marginalized. The increasing power and regulation of the Federal government means that the ability of cities to make their own laws is reduced. For example, people in California want to legalize marijuana but are forbidden by the Federal enforcement of drug laws.

Score: Communism 8, free market 1

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

This is another huge win for Communism. There are huge problems with the current implementation of schools, enough for another article. Even though there are private schools, most of them follow the model set by public schools. They are better in quality, but suffer the same structural defect.

The structural defect in schools is that they teach loss-avoidance rather than value-creation. You start with a grade of 100% and are punished for each mistake. Perfection is required to avoid punishment. There is no benefit to learning the material after the test; you just move on to the next subject. If a student sees his mistakes after a test and correctly relearns the material, there is no reward.

Schools are designed to created obedient workers. Their "loss-avoidance" training means that they are reluctant to risk any sort of job loss, making them obedient workers. They are reluctant to risk money in the stock market, and invest in savings accounts or bonds where inflation erodes their savings.

Score: Communism 9, free market 1

By my scoring, the Communist Manifesto has been nearly completely implemented in the USA. The free market only scored two half-points. It scored a half-point for the ability of wealthy people to dodge estate taxes. It scored another half point for the Internet. The half-point that the free market won for the Internet is at risk, if telecommunications companies have their way and abolish network neutrality.

Is there a free market out there anywhere?

Ironically, as I was about to post this, the exact same topic was discussed on the "Ron Paul Forum". http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=4841

That post includes some points I missed, so I'm going to copy and reproduce that post here. I'm copying the post rather than merely providing a link, because the discussion forum may disappear after Ron Paul's campaign ends. This post appears to be itself a direct copy of http://www.criminalgovernment.com/docs/planks.html.

10 Planks of Communism happening in America?
TEN PLANKS OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO

Could this be happening in America? If so, how?

Our "elected representatives" have passed laws implementing these anti-freedom concepts. The communists have achieved a de facto FEDERAL SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT in America.

In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote a book outlining a political ideology, titled "The Communist Manifesto". Marxism's basic theme is that the proletariat (the "exploited" working class of a capitalistic society) will suffer from alienation and will rise up against the "bourgeoisie" (the middle class) and overthrow the system of "capitalism." After a brief period of rule by "the dictatorship of the proletariat" the classless society of communism would emerge. In his Manifesto Marx described the following ten steps as necessary steps to be taken to destroy a free enterprise society!! Notice how many of these conditions, foreign to the principles that America was founded upon, have now, in 1997, been realized by the concerted efforts of socialist activists? Remember, government interference in your daily life and business is intrusion and deprivation of our liberties!

First Plank: Abolition of property in land and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.

(Zoning - Model ordinances proposed by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover widely adopted. Supreme Court ruled "zoning" to be "constitutional" in 1921. Private owners of property required to get permission from government relative to the use of their property. Federally owned lands are leased for grazing, mining, timber usages, the fees being paid into the U.S. Treasury.)

Second Plank: A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

(Corporate Tax Act of 1909. The 16th Amendment, allegedly ratified in 1913. The Revenue Act of 1913, section 2, Income Tax. These laws have been purposely misapplied against American citizens to this day.)

Third Plank: Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

(Partially accomplished by enactment of various state and federal "estate tax" laws taxing the "privilege" of transfering property after death and gift before death.)

Fourth Plank: CONFISCATION OF THE PROPERTY OF ALL EMIGRANTS AND REBELS.

(The confiscation of property and persecution of those critical - "rebels" - of government policies and actions, frequently accomplished by prosecuting them in a courtroom drama on charges of violations of non-existing administrative or regulatory laws.)

Fifth Plank: 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 Bank, 1913- -the system of privately-owned Federal Reserve banks which maintain a monopoly on the valueless debt "money" in circulation.)

Sixth Plank: Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.

(Federal Radio Commission, 1927; Federal Communications Commission, 1934; Air Commerce Act of 1926; Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938; Federal Aviation Agency, 1958; becoming part of the Department of Transportation in 1966; Federal Highway Act of 1916 (federal funds made available to States for highway construction); Interstate Highway System, 1944 (funding began 1956); Interstate Commerce Commission given authority by Congress to regulate trucking and carriers on inland waterways, 1935-40; Department of Transportation, 1966.)

Seventh Plank: 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.

(Department of Agriculture, 1862; Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933 -- farmers will receive government aid if and only if they relinquish control of farming activities; Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933 with the Hoover Dam completed in 1936.)

Eighth Plank: Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture.

(First labor unions, known as federations, appeared in 1820. National Labor Union established 1866. American Federation of Labor established 1886. Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 placed railways under federal regulation. Department of Labor, 1913. Labor-management negotiations sanctioned under Railway Labor Act of 1926. Civil Works Administration, 1933. National Labor Relations Act of 1935, stated purpose to free inter-state commerce from disruptive strikes by eliminating the cause of the strike. Works Progress Administration 1935. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, mandated 40-hour work week and time-and-a-half for overtime, set "minimum wage" scale. Civil Rights Act of 1964, effectively the equal liability of all to labor.)

Ninth Plank: Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

(Food processing companies, with the co-operation of the Farmers Home Administration foreclosures, are buying up farms and creating "conglomerates.")

Tenth Plank: Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

(Gradual shift from private education to publicly funded began in the Northern States, early 1800's. 1887: federal money (unconstitutionally) began funding specialized education. Smith-Lever Act of 1914, vocational education; Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 and other relief acts of the 1930's. Federal school lunch program of 1935; National School Lunch Act of 1946. National Defense Education Act of 1958, a reaction to Russia's Sputnik satellite demonstration, provided grants to education's specialties. Federal school aid law passed, 1965, greatly enlarged federal role in education, "head-start" programs, textbooks, library books.)

http://www.criminalgovernment.com/docs/planks.html

(Research source: Encyclopedia Britannica.)

16 comments:

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FSK said...

This comment belongs more properly under my "Ron Paul" post rather than here. On the other hand, I don't have any other comments, so I may as well leave it here.

Anonymous said...

I know someone who lives on "ancestral" land that's been in the family for about 150 years. It's out in the woods, not in any city, and they said (IIRC) that they don't pay any property tax. I was amazed at that, but that's what I remember them telling me.

FSK said...

Property taxes are imposed by the local government. If the city+state don't impose property taxes, then there aren't any.

In theory, a group of like-minded people who didn't want property taxes could move to the same area and vote for zero property taxes.

GWilly said...

Being big & subjecting yourself to the Law does not neccesarily mean you are state owned.

The Land Tax could be viewed as a charge by the state for protecting it from aggressors (which is the states number one & very expensive duty), with the Land being forfeit if you don't pay for it's protection.

real estate supplies said...

YoU know, i wouldnt have paid no mind to this, and i wouldnt have thought about comparing it to Communism. However i completely agree with you after reading this, you make an incredibly brilliant point.

Amazing.
Cheers,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

RE: #4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

This was first carried out through the establishment of what FDR referred to as "concentration camps". Thousands of Japanese-Americans were suddenly classified as threats to national security, about half of these were children (born in America children!).

Thousands of German-Americans and Italian-Americans were also rounded up and imprisoned in these "camps".

- All of their properties were confiscated.

During the Reagan/Bush administration, the Federal government issued an apology for its actions and paid a small settlement to the (few) surviving victims.

BTW: The so called "internment camps" became an issue after it was reveled that Reagan, Bush and Oliver North had been building new improved concentration camps all across America.

Despite the apologies, contracts for building these camps are still being granted to Kellogg, Brown and Root (a subsidiary of Halliburton)

These prison camps, with a total capacity to detain millions, are allegedly intended for illegal immigrants and "terrorists".

Matt said...

Think twice before you side with "network neutrality." Once you start giving the government control over the Internet (even if at first it is under the auspices of promoting "fair" access), you hand them a blank check. What we need is to refuse the government *any* control over the Internet.

The free market will punish any ISP that tries to filter access to content; it's already happened in numerous cases, and in every case the offending ISP was forced to recant. Likewise, the free market will reward any ISP that continues to offer unfettered access when competitors have begun to filter access. We don't need the government interfering with the Internet; in fact, if we the people give up that, our last stronghold of freedom, I'll lose all hope for liberty in my lifetime.

bma said...

Surely a system in which power is concentrated in a few large corporations is not a Communist one? These corporations are not state controlled; indeed, their lobbying power means that it's more like the other way around. Not a win for the free market, certainly, but not remotely in the spirit of Marxism either.

jomama said...

Not to worry.

It'll all be over soon.

"All managed markets—whether managed by
government allocation as under Communism or by
government sponsored central bank credit as in
Capitalism—are doomed to failure." --Darryl Schoon

Anonymous said...

You are truly retarded.

Ben Steigmann said...

Brilliant-

Dr. Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton's mentor, wrote a book entitled "Tragedy & Hope" in which he attempted to trace some of the major currents of 20th century history. Ideologues have quoted him out of context, but this quote is not out of context. He noted how the radical right was incorrect, and that a financial element had operated in the way the radical right believed the communists operated. Then, on p. 954 of his book, he said:

"It was this group of people, whose wealth and influence so exceeded their experience and understanding, who provided much of the framework of influence which the Communist sympathizers and fellow travellers took over in the United States in the 1930s. It must be recognized that the power of these energetic Left wingers exercised was never their own power or Communist power but was ultimately the power of the international financial coterie, and, once the anger and suspicions of the American people were aroused as they were in the 1950s, it was a fairly simple matter to get rid of the Red sympathizers. Before this could be done, however, a congressional committee, following backward to their source the threads which led from the admitted Communists like Whittaker Chambers, through Alger Hiss, and the Carnegie Endowment to Thomas Lamont and the Morgan Bank, fell into the whole complicated network of the interlocking tax-exempt foundations. The Eighty-third Congress set up in 1953 a Special Reece Committee to investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations. It soon became clear that people of immense wealth would be unhappy if the investigation went too far and that the "most respected" newspapers in the country, closely allied with these men of wealth, would not get excited enough about any revelations to make the publicity worthwhile. An interesting report showing the Left-wing associations of interlocking nexus of tax-exempt foundations was issued in 1954 rather quietly. Four years later, the Reece Committee's general counsel, Rene A Wormser, wrote a shocked, but not shocking, book on the subject called "Foundations: Their Power and Influence.""

For a while, all we had was the book "Foundations: Their Power and Influence". This is a book I really suggest you get a hold of. Excerpts are here: http://www.earthemperor.com/2009/06/14/foundations-their-power-and-influence-by-rene-a-wormser/

Ben Steigmann said...

Yet due to the efforts of Charlotte Iserbyt, the other documents pertaining to this committee, which, in private correspondence, she said had been very difficult to obtain, are now available: http://www.scribd.com/rnbaker7

Quigley referred to a 1954 report as "interesting". This was the Dodd report. It can be read here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/3768227/Dodd-Report-to-the-Reece-Committee-on-Foundations-1954

In the Dodd report to the Reece Committee on Foundations, Dodd began with a definition of "subversive", saying that the term referred to "Any action having as its purpose the alteration of either the principle or the form of the United States Government by other than constitutional means." He then proceeded to show that the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Carnegie Endowment were using funds excessively on projects at Columbia, Harvard, Chicago University and the University of California, in order to enable oligarchical collectivism. He stated, "The purported deterioration in scholarship and in the techniques of teaching which, lately, has attracted the attention of the American public, has apparently been caused primarily by a premature effort to reduce our meagre knowledge of social phenomena to the level of an applied science ." He stated that his research staff had discovered that in "1933-1936, a change took place which was so drastic as to constitute a "revolution" . They also indicated conclusively that the responsibility for the economic welfare of the American people had been transferred heavily to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government ; that a corresponding change in education had taken place from an impetus outside of the local community, -and that this "revolution" had occurred without violence and with the full consent of an overwhelming majority of the electorate ." He stated that this revolution "could not have occurred peacefully, or with the consent of the majority, unless education in the United States had been prepared in advance to endorse it."

He stated that the grants given by the Foundations had been used for:

Directing education in the United States toward an international view-point and discrediting the traditions to which, it (formerly) had been dedicated.
Training individuals and servicing agencies to render advice to the Executive branch of the Federal Government.
Decreasing the dependency of education upon the resources of the local community and freeing it from many of the natural safeguards inherent in this American tradition .
Changing both school and college curricula to the point where they sometimes denied the principles underlying the American way of life.
Financing experiments designed to determine the most effective means by which education could be pressed into service of a political nature.

One of the documents cited in the Dodd report is the exhaustively documented analysis called "The Turning of the Tides". After reading this, you may consider it to be one of the most important books you have ever read:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/37817636/The-Turning-of-the-Tides

Ben Steigmann said...

Another document cited by Dodd was the 1934 study written by the American Historical Association and sponsored by the Carnegie endowment, entitled "American Historical Association’s Report on the Commission on Social Studies":
http://www.scribd.com/doc/32432452/Carnegie-Endowment-AHA-Report-on-the-Commission-on-Social-Studies

It's a very hard read, with some doublespeak, and parts of it may sound very good to people (who like being managed in a soft authoritarian, managerial collectivist state). Citations follow:
“The Commission is under special obligation to its sponsor, the American Historical Association. Above all, it recognizes its indebtedness to the Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation, whose financial aid made possible the whole five-year investigation of social science instruction in the schools, eventuating in the following Conclusions and Recommendations.” – p. xi
“the Commission could not limit itself to a survey of textbooks, curricula, methods of instruction, and schemes of examination, but was impelled to consider the condition and prospects of the American people as a part of Western civilization now merging into a world order.” – p. 1
“The Commission was also driven to this broader conception of its task by the obvious fact that American civilization, in common with Western civilization, is passing through one of the great critical ages of history, is modifying its traditional faith in economic individualism, and is embarking upon vast experiments in social planning and control which call for large-scale cooperation on the part of the people.” – pp. 1-2
“the Commission recognizes the further fact of the inter-relationship of the life of America with the life of the world. In all departments of culture-intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical – the civilization of the United States has always been a part of European, or “Western,” civilization . To ignore the historical traditions and usages which have contributed, and still contribute, to this unity is to betray a smug and provincial disregard of basic elements in American life and to invite national impoverishment, intolerance, and disaster . Moreover, the swift development of technology, industry, transportation, and communication in modern times is obviously merging Western civilization into a new world civilization and imposing on American citizens the obligation of knowing more, rather than less, of the complex social and economic relationships which bind them to the rest of mankind.” pp. 11-12
“there are certain clearly defined trends in contemporary technology, economy, and society of the utmost importance in creating new conditions, fashioning novel traditions, reorienting American life, and thus conditioning any future program of social science instruction.” – p. 13
“Under the moulding influence of socialized processes of living, drives of technology and science, pressures of changing thought and policy, and disrupting impacts of economic disaster, there is a notable waning of the once widespread popular faith in economic individualism; and leaders in public affairs, supported by a growing mass of the population, are demanding the introduction into economy of ever-wider measures of planning and control.” – p. 16
“Cumulative evidence supports the conclusion that in the United States as in other countries, the age of laissez faire in economy and government is closing and a new age of collectivism is emerging.” – p.16

Ben Steigmann said...

“As to the specific form which this “collectivism,” this integration and interdependence, is taking and will take in the future, the evidence at hand is by no means clear or unequivocal. It may involve the limiting or supplanting of private property by public property or it may entail the preservation of private property, extended and distributed among the masses. Most likely, it will issue from a process of experimentation and will represent a composite of historic doctrines and social conceptions yet to appear. Almost certainly it will involve a larger measure of compulsory as well as voluntary co-operation of citizens in the conduct of the complex national economy, a corresponding enlargement of the functions of government, and an increasing state intervention in fundamental branches of economy previously left to individual discretion and initiative-a state intervention that in some instances may be direct and mandatory and in others indirect and facilitative. In any event the Commission is convinced by its interpretation of available empirical data that the actually integrating economy of the present day is the forerunner of a consciously integrated society, in which individual economic actions and individual property, rights will be altered and abridged.” – p. 17
“While stressing the necessity of recognizing the emergence of a closely integrated society in America and the desirability of curbing individualism in economy, the Commission deems highly desirable the conscious and purposeful employment of every practicable means to ward off the dangers of goose-step regimentation in ideas, culture, and invention, of sacrificing individuality, of neglecting precious elements in the traditional heritage of America and the world, and of fostering a narrow intolerant nationalism or an aggressive predatory imperialism.” – p.23
“The Commission deems possible and desirable an enlightened attitude on the part of the masses of the American people toward international relations, involving informed appreciation of the cultural bonds long subsisting among the nations of Western civilization and now developing rapidly among all the nations of the world, and special knowledge of the increasing economic interdependence of politically separate areas and peoples, and of the emerging economic integration of the globe.” – p. 25
“The Commission, under the frame of reference here presented, deems desirable the vitalizing of the findings of scientific inquiry by the best social thought of the present and of the past, and the incorporation into the materials of social science instruction in the schools of the best plans and ideals for the future of society and of the individual.” – p. 27
“The implications for education are clear and imperative: (a) the efficient functioning of the emerging economy and the full utilization of its potentialities require profound changes in the attitudes and outlook of the American people, especially the rising generation-a complete and frank recognition that the old order is passing, that the new order is emerging.” – pp. 34-35
“Organized public education in the United States, much more than ever before, is now compelled, if it is to fulfill its social obligations, to adjust its objectives, its curriculum, its methods of instruction, and its administrative procedures to the requirements of the emerging integrated order.” – p. 35
“If the school is to justify its maintenance and assume its responsibilities, it must recognize the new order and proceed to equip the rising generation to cooperate effectively in the increasingly interdependent society and to live rationally and well within its limitations and possibilities….” – p. 35
“The program of social science instruction should not be organized as a separate and isolated division of the curriculum but rather should be closely integrated with other activities and subjects so that the entire curriculum of the school may constitute a unified attack upon the complicated problem of life in contemporary society.” – p. 48

Ben Steigmann said...

Looking into this really is a goldmine. For instance, I have obtained a Carnegie endowment bibliography of books pertaining to building up World Government through regionalism:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/32432037/Carnegie-Endowment-The-New-World-Order

Also - Robert Hutchins of the center for democratic studies and the fund for the republic, financed by the Ford Foundation with tax exempt money, produced a preliminary draft of a world constitution. This is a document I found through independent research and attempted to publicize:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/37814758/Preliminary-Draft-of-a-World-Constitution-1948

You will find this sort of literature to be ubiquitous amongst this caste of individuals.

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