Most Americans, have a negative opinion of Marx and his ideas, but most are not actually familiar with his writings. It would shock many to know that many of our governmental practices we consider to be time honored institutions, are rooted in the writings of Marx.
Most of his writings are low on substance and high on literary ego, especially his later works. The most famous, and far reaching of his works would have to be the infamous document known as the Communist Manifesto. In the second chapter of the document Marx outlines ten societal reforms they wished to be implemented. They are known as the ten planks.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
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.
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
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 labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
- The Communist Manifesto
Some of them never worked out, others became the norm in the developed world. A few of them are still a work on progress.
#1- While not all property rights entirely gone, they are on there way out if things do not change.
#2- This is our present tax system first implemented in 1916. Those who call themselves economic progressives, who support a progressive tax system, are actual strong believers in one of Marx's teachings.
#3- Not quite abolished, but through taxation and legal restrictions we are getting closer.
#4- This is a strange one, especially considering Marx was both an emigrant and a rebel. Then again, the man never worked a day in his life, he lived off handouts and had little. Taking away his property would have had little to no impact in his life. All in all, this one never really caught on in most countries.
#5- This is more or less the central banking system that dominates the world.
#6- This was written in 1848. The automobile was decades away from becoming practical and popular. It is clear that he meant was for the state to control transportation through ownership of the roads. In most western countries the state owns and controls the roads. Our state owned roads and our public transportation system are part of the Communist Manifesto.
#7- This is mostly an outdated view based 19th century agrarian society. However, the state management of land closely resembles the disproportionate state control of land in the Western U.S.
#8- This is a few things: Modern agricultural subsidies, unemployment benefits, and labor unions are all an outgrowth of the this plank.
#9- It looks as though globalists have reject most of the 9th plank. However, the death of small farmers and the move to large farms has and is occurring.
#10-This is our public school system. I think this is why I hated school so much, it is Marxist. Many have cried that we need to take our schools back. There is nothing to take back, it's like trying to take back the Federal Reserve. Public schools are doing what they were intended to do. If you don't like it, take your kids out of the schools. State run schools, always have been, and always will be, a plank of Marxist thought.
Basically, the current Marxist trend did not begin (nor will it end) with Obama. We have been living under the teachings of Marx for generations. The question is, will we wake up and realize the nature of the problem, or, will we keep moving down the path laid out by a lazy, dirty, ill mannered and racist 19th Century radical?