I had to laugh reading Quentin Thomas’ letter about “socialism lite” but it begs another question. If socialism leads to communism, how far along are we? Karl Marx said in his book “The Communist Manifesto,” there were 10 planks or steps to achieve a true communist state.
1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
♦ It is said we only rent our homes from the government. You can test this. Stop paying your property taxes and see how long before you are evicted.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
♦ We call this the 16th amendment to the Constitution.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
♦ We call this the “Death Tax” where your heirs pay taxes on their inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
♦ This is called asset forfeiture. Google that one.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
♦ It’s called the Federal Reserve Act of Congress in 1913 and it’s not like the Feds ever play with interest rates do they?
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
♦ Both of these industries are heavily regulated by the FCC and Department of Transportation.
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.
♦ Central planning? Pay farmers not to grow crops? Sound familiar?
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
♦ The 19th amendment, unions, and public works programs, etc., etc.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction.
♦ The Planning Reorganization Act of 1949. They also call it public planning and land use plans.
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.
♦ We call it public education and many mistakenly call it free. It is not.
We are way, way past Socialism Lite. So what’s it going to be? Will we elect people who will fight to take freedoms back or continue down the road to false security? Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” He didn’t know just how true that statement was.