This paper is not about the necessity or ethics of taxation. This is about what laws have been enacted in our country and how it relates to the writings of Karl Marx, primarily in his book, The Communist Manifesto. It is about economics and law, what I call socio-economics; how the law economically affects our society and vice versa.
Ten (10) Platforms of Communism were developed by Karl Marx, who is considered by most, because of his various writing and especially “The Economists Manifesto”, the father of communism. These 10 platforms are itemized in the book. I paraphrased them a little, to better relate to our language and more modern times. As an example, his 10th and the final platform is “Free Education of All children in public schools”. Today, we call this “Public Education”.
As you will come to understand, most countries in the world today have implemented the 10 platforms of communism in part or in total, many phasing them in over time. However, several attempts like the former USSR, China, and Cambodia were implemented rapidly with disastrous results, literally causing the deaths of millions of their own Citizens as the transfer of property from private ownership to the government was physically enforced. Counties like India, perhaps not as rapidly, implemented them relatively quick, also with disastrous results. Both China and India have started reversing some of their he communist enactments allowing more private enterprise and commerce, however, the governments still retain high levels of power through centralized control; the hallmark of communism.
Marx’s theory was to slowly transfer the ownership and control of private enterprise over to the government using his 10 platforms. By controlling tax rates and providing benefits to certain interests, a government could manipulate and control the redistribution of wealth while making sure that the government maintains its power, control, and enforcement of the taxes and regulations. His theory was that in this way, a government could more equitably and fairly redistribute the wealth, based on need. Those counties which have fully implemented his theory have not faired very well.
Only a few of the wealthier countries have been able to enact some portions of the 10 platforms without having severe negative results on their societies, often negating the intended benefits. There are over 130 countries using various communistic social policies and the overwhelming number of them have increased levels of social problems. The very same social problems Marx’s theory was supposed to improve.
Communist Platforms already enacted into Law in the U.S.:
A Central Bank – 5th Platform – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States
A Progressive or Graduated Income tax – 2nd Platform – The beloved IRS.
Public Education – 10th Platform
Government Regulation of Transportation and Communications – 6th Platform
Subsidized Corporate Farming – 9th platform – corporate welfare to agricultural interest like Big sugar and Big tobacco have been going on for decades.
Partially Enacted Platforms of Communism already enacted into Law in the U.S.:
Abolition of Private Property – 1st Platform
1. We now have the majority of residential mortgage lending in the U.S. being owned, administered and controlled by the Federal Government through FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA, and VA. Because of the lack of active buyers of these mortgage packages being originated, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States has had to purchase about $1.7 trillion worth of these loans since 2008, after our 1st major credit collapse occurred. FNMA and Freddie Mac were privately controlled until 2008 but were insured by the Federal Government, thus taking over control after they both became insolvent.
2. We now have over 110 different taxes and regulatory fees. The personal income tax by both the States and Federal government are partially taxes on human labor and are a usurpation of one of our basic inalienable rights. Your labor is really an exchange for money and is therefore not income as defined by the Courts. It’s really a trade or exchange of money for your time, energy and intellect. Therefore, unless you believe the government owns people, taxes take away our property rights that are supposed to be protected by the IX Amendment. The Bill of Rights was supposed to be about protecting our personal and financial rights and labor is the essence and life force of a human being.
Abolition of all rights of inheritance. – the 3rd platform of communism
One of the last essential industries is healthcare. Both the healthcare and insurance industry were in their technological infancy when Marx wrote his Manifesto, so it was not really considered a basic need back then. As medical costs have skyrocketed over the years, medical insurance has become a more controversial political issue. Just 80 years ago, medical health insurance did not exist.
1. Medicines such herbs, minerals, vitamins, and pharmaceutical drugs.
2. Healers/practitioners such as MDs, nurses, nurses aides, Nutritional Doctors, Chiropractors, etc.
3. Health insurance
If you follow the various alternative healthcare industries and government policies you will find both highly regulated elements to it but also constant government attempts to prohibit or regulate various elements of the industry that have been successfully operating for thousands of years. Herbal medicine and chemistry have been used by every culture going back centuries and today we have the scientific studies to prove the efficacy of most of them and interestingly enough it is rare for the U.S. government to support such studies as they do with Big Pharma and the wealthier special interests.
Confiscation of property of all immigrants and rebels – the 4th Platform – One must only think of Edward Snowden and the numerous other Whistleblowers who have been prosecuted by the U.S. Government for exposing government corruption. Additionally, think of the exorbitant costs being charged by the legal community and government to gain entrance into the U.S. by immigrants.
Only the 7th platform of Communism has not been directly enacted into law. “Government ownership of factories and agriculture”. However, one could argue that corporate taxes, employment taxes and the plethora of regulations by the Department of Agriculture, SEC, Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies, may not give direct ownership rights to the government but it does give regulatory controls and monetary benefits via taxation to the government. It taxes and regulatory requirements are not met a company can easily be forced into bankruptcy or closure.
The 8th Platform is Government control of labor. The U.S. Government controls labor and wages in a number of ways. By taxing business profits and the labor of the employees, the government actually contributes to lower wages. We fewer taxes and regulations there would be more productivity and greater need for higher employment levels. With higher employment levels employers will have to compete for more for employees thus offer higher wages to attract the desired employees. By controlling labor they can actually keep costs down, making it more profitable for the investors.
Well, there are the 10 platforms of communism as noted in Karl Marx’s book, The Communist Manifesto. Interestingly enough, according to Nobel Laureate Dr. Milton Friedman in his book, Free To Choose, which I fact-checked, the entire 1928 and 1932 platforms of the American Socialist Party are also now law in this nation. Three decades of massive immigration in the country literally did bring us their tired, their poor, their huddled masses yearning to breathe free from countries all over the world, many of them whom had embraced the communist ideology and were suffering for it. It was creating poverty and despotism around the world so let’s bring it to America, the once bastion of liberty and free enterprise and turn it into a horrible place to live like you came from.
Over the course of the next several months, I am going to publish writings on each one of the ten platforms showing how they are really a blueprint to take control of a society by the ruling class and not the way for the workers to establish equality, fairness, and justice into society as Karl Marx tried to convince the majority into believing. Why would Marx do this, do you ask? Because he was paid to and many believe if not a total sociopath, he was darn close to it. If you haven’t listened to Stefan Molyneux’s video title; The Truth about Karl Marx on Youtube, it’s a well-researched eye opener.