A generation has passed since the Cold War ended — and along with it, a true understanding of communism. Young voters today grew up in school systems where capitalism was often a dirty word. They heard the siren call of socialism and its promise of being the great equalizer. They’re in for a rude awakening. In this series, Glenn discusses the origins of communism, what it really means and what lurks behind the pleasant label of “democratic socialism.”
Thus begins an article I would like to share today. It is a known fact that those who do not know true History are doomed to repeat it. Here is an article that share an important part of History which today's younger generation (roughly ages 35 and younger) do not understand nor appreciate its danger. What makes it worse, is that at the same time they have all been false American History, so they do not understand OUR true History nor appreciate its uniqueness and exceptionalism. Yes, the United States of America is unique and exceptional, and it is precisely so because it did not follow Europe, nor Communism, but instead became the world's first Free Market Economy. Due to this, it became the world's greatest blessing - so long as its leaders remained morally and religiously inclined, that is. Why would I bring that into the picture? I bring that up because, again, our History teaches us that "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious peopel. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (John Adams) As we can see in hindsight, our nation and its leaders has become more and more corrupt in direct proportion to the decline of American citizens attending church and being not only "believers" but "doers" of the Word.
I am happy to also report that the youth in my Making of America ("MOA") class on the Constitution and Founders is having each of the kids read the Communist Manifesto this semester, as we will be discussing it in comparison to the Constitution our final week of class. Sun Tzu, in his book The Art of War, stated, "It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; If you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." I think in order to help turn our nation back to being a great, sovereign nation that leads the world again in peace, friendship, and non-policing ways, we must know the enemy that has infiltrated our culture and society - communist/socialism. Socialism by any other name will destroy just as well.
But I digress. Here is the rest of the article:
Communism Part I: How It's Marketed
When Karl Marx was born in Prussia (now part of Germany) in 1818, 94% of the world's population lived in poverty. 84% lived in extreme poverty. Feudalism as an economic system left a lot to be desired, like food. The capitalist system, under the Constitution of the United States, changed all of that dramatically.
In one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind, just 9.6% of the world's population lives in extreme poverty today. Back in 1818, America was just 42 years old and still developing, but it was already becoming the envy of the world. The capitalist - or free market - system was beginning to take hold and pull this country's citizens out of poverty. It offered new opportunities for millions of citizens and immigrants were beginning to flood its shores.
Europe was a different matter. Monarchy and feudalism was still embedded throughout much of the continent. But great change was taking hold. Industrialization was bringing scores of people from the country to the cities - which were quickly becoming overcrowded. This led to massive discontent.
Marx, who despised what he saw of capitalism, would take advantage of this discontent, becoming radicalized at an early age.
After receiving his doctorate in philosophy, Marx and his wife moved to Paris in 1843, where he would meet a man who would become his life-long friend and colleague - Friedrich Engels. The two had supposedly been drawn to the plight of the workers from their childhoods. They both believed profits generated by the companies that employed them were stolen from wages the workers should have recieved.
As the two fed off each other, they became more and more radical in their thinking, until they became all-out revolutionaries and were both expelled from France. The moved to Belgium and in 1848, began to work on a pamphlet to share their beliefs. Initially entitled A Communist Confession of Faith, the pamphlet - written mostly by Marx - was published as The Communist Manifesto.
In 1867, Marx wrote another handbook for communist thinkers, Das Kapital. It was published in his home country, Germany, and translated into many other languages. In it, Marx made the point that capitalism exploited workers, and property rights simply kept rich people rich and poor people poor. he went on to write two additional volumes, which were published after his death at the age of 64 in 1883, by Engels.
Marx never experienced the Communist Revolution he sought in his lifetimes. But his ideas would be remembered in the minds of others for decades to come. One young Russian was heavily and immediately influenced by Marx's writing - a 17-year-old boy named Vladimir Lenin.
(stay tuned for Part II)
Featured Image: Some of the 500, 1meter tall statues of German political thinker Karl Marx on display, on May 5, 2013 in Tier, Germany. The statues, created by artist Ottmar Hoerl, are part of an exhibition at the Museum Simeonstift Trier commemorating the 130th anniversary of the death of Marx in 1883. Marx, who was born in Trier, is the author of The Communist Manifesto, and his ideas on the relationship between labour, industry and capital created the ideological foundation for socialist and communist movements across the globe. (Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)