Now if Communism were truly dead, the 10 Planks would be about as relevant to our daily existence as a dinosaur fossil buried in the Montana wilderness. But, friends, neighbors and countrymen, this is simply not the case. Let us take the planks one by one, exactly as Marx wrote them. Albeit his words have been translated from German in the 1888 edition to which I refer.
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. This is the infamous "abolition of private property" that is at the root of Marxist Socialism. Can you truly own land in America today? Do you pay a property tax on your home and the land upon which is sits? If you do, you are effectively paying rent to the government. If you are renting something from someone, you are certainly not the true owner. And, yes, those rents do go for public purposes. A very bright man named Bill Medina pointed out to me years ago that the word "public" in present-day usage (and obviously in Marx's lexicon) really means government-owned. Do you own your car? You must pay the government rent in the form of a registration fee and in the form of a license fee if you are going to get any use from that vehicle. The two most significant purchases of private property that most people makes in their lives, their home and their car, are actually nothing less than leasing agreements made with the State. (Marx liked to capitalize the word "State.")
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. Do we have a progressive income tax imposed upon us by the federal government and, in many instances, the particular state of the Union in which we live? Therefore, your paycheck is not your private property either, is it?
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. Do we have inheritance tax in this nation? You cannot pass down what you believed was your private property to your children without giving the State a juicy piece of the action, can you?
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. If you move out of America and don't keep paying your taxes on your property (even if you are no longer a social burden upon "the system") your property will be confiscated. If you rebel against the system, and become a tax protestor, will your property be confiscated (without Constitutional due process, I might add) by the IRS?
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 the Federal Service System. Ironically the Fed is not a government body. It is a privately-owned and incorporated banking monopoly controlled at international levels. This fact is the most blatant indication of who was, and is, behind the creation and sustenance of Communism. The State pretends that the Fed is a national government banking system. The State enforces the edicts of the Fed with armed police authority. "State capital" is the fiat currency known as Federal Reserve Notes (unbacked by gold or silver, and created out of thin air). If you want to know if the Fed's funny money is a monopoly, try printing your own and using it in commerce.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state. We have the Federal Communication Commission that regulates what you can hear over the radio and taxes the radio stations. Telephone communication is regulated and taxed by the government. And the State now lusts for a chunk of the Internet. Additionally, the state licenses, taxes, surcharges, and regulates all transportation on land, in the air, and on the waterways, whether it be for private or commercial use. If you do not pay the fees, you will be arrested on the highway, on the landing strip, or on the river.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. The control of industry by government has expanded into every factory and instrument of production (essentially that's a human being, according to Marx). Your little wood shop is not yours, you are the manager doing the will of the State. You may think you own yourself as a means of production, but you have to give damn near half of what you produce to the State every payday. As for the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, we can see this every time the government allows logging, mining or grazing on public land. This cultivation of these resources by apparent private concerns is heavily taxed. The state always gets a share, the improvement of the soil in accordance with a common plan is nothing more than the insidious corporate monopolization of farmland via government-sponsored chemical fertilizer schemes, irrigation boondoggles, and sneaky agricultural lending and foreclosure policies. Willie Nelson can explain this stuff to y'all.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. We picture a bunch of Russian peasants being marched out for their day in the potato fields, but your labor is already liable, as the income tax. We all do our fair share for the greater good, don't we? Jeez, where the Soviets could only get most of the people to chip in for the common good, our wonderful democratic form of government has each and every one of us dripping sweat for its benefit.
9. Combination of Agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by the equitable distribution of population over the country. Wouldn't you know it? Arguably the one good idea in the whole frigging pile of commie crap and our government hasn't made a single effort to accomplish it! But then maybe Ted Turner and his elitist, One Worlder cohorts don't want steel mills next door to their county retreats.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc., etc.. (sic) Remember, public means government-controlled. The government gets to educate your kids and turn them into nice little obedient production units that will be shepherded as a human resource. Child labor in factories was really nasty, so we'll just use NAFTA and GATT to exploit the kids of the Third World. Industrial producers and the military exploit medical and technological discoveries by students in taxpayer-funded universities, so I guess we're on our way with that one as well. As for the "etc., etc.," I don't know what Karl was trying to say unless it means "the sky is the limit, suckers!"
Communism is not dead. It was created and sustained by the same global corporate monopolists who have crushed a truly free market economy wherever, and whenever, it began to take root. Marx's error was in thinking that the bourgeoisie ever moved into the top slot. Marx believed feudalism was replaced by capitalism. The same elitist families and forces that controlled the world 150 year ago still control the world. They are the Illumined Ones. We are their cattle.
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