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Your views: A refresher course in Marxism
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Every now and again, we all need to refresh our memories. Hunters sight in their rifles each year, NFL players go to spring training, and so on. Regarding communism, then, we should re-examine communists.

In the last paragraph of “The Communist Manifesto,” Karl Marx wrote, “Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims.” Here are a few items and quotations from Section II.

  • “Communism abolishes all religion, and all morality.”
  • “Communism abolishes individuality, independence and freedom.”
  • Abolish private property. “You reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend. This cannot be accomplished except by tyrannical means and violence against the rights of property (owners), to ‘sweep away’ all existing rights.”
  • Impose a heavy progressive income tax.
  • Abolish rights of inheritance.
  • Confiscate property of emigrants (those leaving to work in other countries).
  • Centralize credit in a government-controlled national bank.
  • Centralize governmental control of communication (censorship).
  • Governmental control of factories and industries.
  • Governmental control of agriculture.

Compulsory education of children in governmentally controlled schools. “Abolish the family! The claptrap about family, education, and parental relationships to their children is disgusting.” The elite, of course, require special private education for their children.
Democrats, both in Congress and as Presidents, have brought ALL of these conditions to the USA in the past century, little by little, beginning in 1913 with the progressive income tax.

Marx may have been candid, but Democrats in general, and the Obama Administration in particular, are not. They hide their intentions by calling radio censorship “localization;” control of banks and automobile manufacturers a “rescue;” and rationing of homeowners’ gasoline and electricity “renewable energy.”

If one has not read George Orwell’s “1984” recently, one tends to forget “Newspeak,” where politically correct obfuscation rules.
Orwell knew Communists well (he was a socialist, after all). Decades ago, he wrote that communists were liars.

WT “Ted” Hinds

Gainesville

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