Written by Karl Marx in 1848.
My question is, who is promoting this agenda in america today, and who stands against it ?
Here are the ten planks, along with my comments regarding the creeping signs in our country.
1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rent to public purpose.
Try not paying your property taxes, and you will find out who owns your property. It isn't you. The tax system makes you a renter, renting from the government. Your property taxes can also be raised at any time, without your vote, merely by a 'reappraisal'. The recent Supreme Court expansion of the powers of eminent domain in Kelo v New London, brought to you by the liberal wing of the court, also weakened property rights substantially. The government can now take your property away and give it to another private entity for the sole reason of increased tax revenue. You have virtually NO private property rights. You're a squatter, for as long as the government decides to let you squat.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Any questions as to which party advocates this the most ? You can add the Social Security Act to this also, since it is nothing but a hidden sham income tax with a welfare program at the back end. The 16th amendment, which made the income tax legal (maybe), violated the original Constitution, which said taxes were to either be direct and apportioned (all are taxed equally), or indirect. The income tax is direct and unapportioned.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance
The Estate tax, Probate laws. Republicans want to abolish or lower the estate tax. Democrats want to keep it and even increase it.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
Confiscation of citizens property without due process (RICO laws), IRS confiscation of property without due process. Both parties are guilty here. Republicans passed the RICO laws, though many Republicans do want to abolish 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.
We call it the Federal Reserve System, a private entity that, incredibly, charges the government (we the people) interest on the money it prints. The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by Democrat Woodrow Wilson, though it would be inaccurate to put the blame all on Democrats for this. Republicans are probably even more to blame.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the State
Hey, we've resisted this one pretty much, but we do have the FCC, DOT, FAA, AMTRAK, CONRAIL, and the post office.
7. Extention 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.
The Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Evironmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.
8. Equal liablity of all to labor. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Could illegal immigrants be our new industrial armies ? Could the high levels of taxation that caused mom and dad to both become part of the labor force be for that 'equal liability of all to labor' ? More workers means more government revenue means more government.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
Okay, if you say so.
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
People are taxed to support government schools. Democrats support keeping the government school monopoly. Republicans support vouchers and school choice.
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