Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

My current read is the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Marx & Engels of which I'm about half way through. Here's a page to mull over for yourselves, typed as found word for word from the book before me.

"We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat* to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie**, to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organised as the ruling class; and to increase the total of productive forces as rapidly as possible.

Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.

These measures will of course by different in different countries. Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
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.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
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.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form; Combination of education with industrial production."

Definitions by Engels in the English edition of 1888....
*proletariat: the class of modern wage-labourers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labour-power in order to live.
 **bourgeoisie: the class of modern Capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage-labour.

Interesting, no?


  1. Very interesting. Sounds like what's happening here - in the US.
    We can say what we think,talk to our congressmen, vote and give it all to God. It's really all in His hands.