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At the time of the founding of the United States, European countries were suffering under crippling government regulation. Founding fathers of the United States, in their infinite wisdom, subscribed to the philosophy of freedom instead of feel-good social progressivism. They founded United States on 3 simple tenets of life, liberty, and property*.
Life: Government should protect citizens from physical harm caused by other citizens
Liberty: Government should promote individual freedom
Property: Government should preserve private property rights of the citizens, mainly through enforcement of contracts
These simple tenets have sown seeds for a nation that eventually became stupendously successful. There is no precedence in the history of mankind where a no-name nation reached the heights that the United States has reached in such a short span of time.
Today, for the most part, these three tenets are meaningless in the United States. A country where income tax was illegal till 1913, now takes up to 35% of its citizen’s earnings just through federal tax. Not to mention state, city, county, property, sales, death, marriage and a myriad other taxes.
A country that was born out of aversion for an omnipotent government now is all but consumed by a monster sized government.
That brings us to Karl Marx. Marx was the antithesis of freedom. His philosophy was diametrically opposite to the principles on which the United States was founded. His philosophy of Communism has killed over 100 million people around the globe. Communism is probably the worst kind of disease that ever infected human beings.
Similar to the United States founders’ subscription to the tenets of life, liberty, and property, Karl Marx (and Engels) passed 10 commandments for Communists. Sadly and ironically most of these tenets are now adopted by the United States in varying degrees. Marx might not be proud of his achievements in the Soviet Union, but he should certainly feel good about what he has achieved in the United States.
Without further ado, here are Marx’s 10 commandments and my commentary is underneath each tenet in square brackets [ ]:
1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
[The federal government alone owns 650 million acres of land, nearly 30% of the country’s total territory. The government uses this power in many eclectic ways that are beyond the scope of this commentary]
2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
[Shall I say more? United States follows Marx’s second commandment to a tee through its graduated income tax program]
3) Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
[United States taxes 50% of its citizens’ earnings through various tax schemes. The government then takes up to 55% of the citizens' accumulated wealth when the person dies- this is also called the “death tax”]
4) Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5) Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
[Again Marx will be proud of what the United States has achieved via its Federal Reserve Bank. Chairman of the Federal Reserve is undoubtedly the second most powerful man in the country after the President. Instead of simply controlling the quantity of money needed to facilitate the exchange of goods and services, Federal Reserve, with its interest rate policies and lending procedures, constantly wreaks havoc on the economy. Federal Reserve gifted the citizens of the United States with 1930s great depression.]
6) Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
[United States government, via regulation, controlled the world’s largest railway network and destroyed it. Whatever is left of this system is still in government clutches. Government monopolized the telecommunication system in 1913 through AT&T, which only ended in 1984. The government still controls delivery of mail through United States Postal Service. Efforts are currently underway to regulate Internet]
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.
[United States government today controls the automobile sector, the financial sector, the insurance sector, and is on its way to take over the health care sector.]
8) Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
[Sure we have industrial armies- they are also called unions. These armies help politicians with their votes and the politicians pay them back in kindness by rescuing their failing companies and funding failing public schools]
9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
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.
[Again the nation follows Marx's 10th commandment to a tee. Public school system is by far one of the worst tragedies caused by the government. 90% of children in the U.S. go to public schools. Government forcibly collects public school taxes from its citizens. The rich people in the country send their children to private schools. The upper middle class segment of the society, living in affluent neighborhoods, sends its children to successful public schools. Ironically, the middle class and the poor, who need most help, are stuck with failing schools.]
If Karl Marx were alive today, he would be ecstatic about the kind of influence his philosophy is having on the United States.
Is it any surprise why America is in decline?