The Ghost of Liberals Past
Have you ever wondered how you would take over a country? The idea of some group conspiring to take over and create radical change seems like something out of Hollywood.
There have been many people in history who have strategically attempted to take over nations to impose their agendas. One of those was Karl Marx. In 1848 Marx wrote the “Communist Manifesto,” a propaganda pamphlet used to strategize a movement toward socialism, and designed to influence beliefs among other socialists.
We often hear the word “socialism” in public discussion and debate, but how often do we stop to think about how socialists try and bring about socialism?
A short excerpt from the Communist Manifesto will give you a sense for Marx’s mindset and strategy:
“The Proletariat (working class) will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie (wealthy), to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state…” – Karl Marx
In other words Marx is telling his audience that “by degrees” the goal is always to take money from the wealthy, and to centralize production into the hands of government to further socialism. Notice how Marx said “by degrees.” He understood that taking from the wealthy and putting their money in the hands of the state couldn’t happen over night, but over a longer period of time it was possible.
Also, notice how his plan to move toward socialism centers on money. It’s all about who holds the money. Marx goes on later in the chapter to spell out more specific goals. As you read Karl Marx’s words, ask yourself if Marx left his mark on our nation’s leaders:
These measures will, of course, be different in different countries. Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
In other words this is an attack on private property rights. Current examples include the EPA’s attempt to prevent Chantell and Mike Sackett from building their “dream house” in Idaho, or President Obama overstepping years of bankruptcy law by giving the United Auto Workers Union priority over GM’s secured bondholders.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Currently the top Federal tax bracket is 35%. This doesn’t include state tax, estate taxes, sales tax, property taxes, capital gains tax, etc. There seems to be a never-ending push by progressives to increase taxes.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
Today the federal government and some states tax people’s estates upon their death, even though much of this money was taxed while the person who earned it was living.
4. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
Banks cannot function today without the Federal Reserve (Fed), our country’s central banking system. The Fed plays a powerful role in regulating our economy by controlling interest rates, adjusting the amount of money circulating in the economy, and setting banks’ capital reserve requirements.
5. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
The Federal government took more control of transportation in 2001 by creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
6. 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.
At one point during the recent auto industry bailout, the government owned a 60.8% stake in General Motors (GM).
There are more stated goals in Marx’s Communist Manifesto; these six are just a sample. As you review these highlighted goals, you will likely agree we are not a communist state. Yet, how many of these have come true, or at least true “by degree”?
Remember, Karl Marx understood these things do not happen over night, but rather “by degree.” It is hard to argue that we are not moving “by degree” toward these goals from The Communist Manifesto.
This is the year we can change direction. Take a stand against socialist and progressive ideas; our country’s freedom depends on it! The moment a candidate aligns to any “degree” with the ideas above, SOUND THE ALARMS. Make all your friends aware that these ideas aren’t new, but are a century-old philosophy rooted in communism.
Make your vote count for a return to liberty.
 Karl Marx. Communist Manifesto, Chapter 2: Proletarians and communists. 1848
 Tax Foundation http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/28015.html