Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Is This Sick Feeling Related To Communism???

Does anyone feel uncomfortable with hearing the President of America inform the nation on Monday that a leader of a private industry (in this case GM) was resigning?
Does anyone feel like something is wrong with the idea that the government is going to provide warranties for cars?
Is anyone else really uneasy with the idea of testing teens for depression and using drugs to change their behavior?
These are three things I heard Monday and the ideas leave me feeling like something is becoming very wrong in our society. It sounds like more Socialism.

I told this to the other moms at our homeschool group this morning, and Jodie suggested I read Friedrich Engels' Principles of Communism.

WELL, no wonder I've felt like something is wrong with what President Obama has been saying!

I think I'm reading in the beginning of these principles that because of the Industrial Revolution, Europe lost it's georgics communities and was replaced with the cities where the bourgeoisie are the bad capitalist and the proletarians are the former handicrafts man and farmers of the countryside and are like slaves or rather worse then slaves within the cities of these big factories.

It feels like Obama is trying to implement these principles of Engels. And I feel that it's not just people in the government either.

This is the first statement that stands out to me. In particular the abolishing of private property.
The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property,
he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a
proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private
property in general.
(Q:7 last paragraph)

Here are some other thoughts from the Principles of Communism that seem to be happening around us right now...
The proletarian liberates himself by
abolishing competition, private property,
and all class differences.


Now Friedrich offers his 14th question and this is where I am feeling uncomfortable, like I'm seeing these things he wrote in 1847 happening in 2009... here is his question and answer.

What will this new social order have to be like?

Above all, it will have to take the control of industry and of all
branches of production out of the hands of mutually competing
individuals, and instead institute a system in which all these branches
of production are operated by society as a whole -- that is, for the
common account, according to a common plan, and with the participation
of all members of society.


It will, in other words, abolish competition and replace it with association.

Q:18 What will be the course of this revolution?
...
The main measures, emerging as the necessary result of existing
relations, are the following:

(i)
Limitation of private property through progressive taxation,
heavy inheritance taxes, abolition of inheritance through
collateral lines (brothers, nephews, etc.) forced loans, etc.

(ii) Gradual expropriation of landowners, industrialists, railroad
magnates and shipowners, partly through competition by state
industry, partly directly through compensation in the form of
bonds.

(iii) Confiscation of the possessions of all emigrants and rebels
against the majority of the people.

(iv) Organization of labor or employment of proletarians on publicly
owned land, in factories and workshops, with competition among
the workers being abolished and with the factory owners, in so
far as they still exist, being obliged to pay the same high wages
as those paid by the state.

(v)
An equal obligation on all members of society to work until such
time as private property has been completely abolished.
Formation of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

(vi)
Centralization of money and credit in the hands of the state
through a national bank with state capital, and the suppression
of all private banks and bankers.

(vii) Education of the number of national factories, workshops,
railroads, ships; bringing new lands into cultivation and
improvement of land already under cultivation -- all in
proportion to the growth of the capital and labor force at the
disposal of the nation.

(
viii) Education of all children, from the moment they can leave their
mother's care, in national establishments at national cost.
Education and production together.

(ix) Construction, on public lands, of great palaces as communal
dwellings for associated groups of citizens engaged in both
industry and agriculture and combining in their way of life the
advantages of urban and rural conditions while avoiding the
one-sidedness and drawbacks of each.

(x) Destruction of all unhealthy and jerry-built dwellings in urban
districts.

(xi) Equal inheritance rights for children born in and out of wedlock.

(xii) Concentration of all means of transportation in the hands of the
nation.

That's it for now, I want to get a nice dinner going for my good husband. Hubba hubba.

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