How does it look to you today, Karl? Would you say that the Revolution is 80-90% Complete?

In the Communist World we will all be worker ants.  None of us will own anything, not even our own souls.  There will be no families nor homes.  There will be no Gospels.  No one will pray to God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Ghost.  There will be no Magnificat or Song of Mary, nor any son of Mary.  There will be no memory of Moses and the first Passover, nor of Mounts Sinai nor Nebo, no knowledge of the struggle in Ahab’s time between Jezebel and Elijah nor of how it turned out, nor any opinion about how it might have been in the time of Solomon or David or Josiah.  The wisdom of Athena, the beauty of Aphrodite, the power and Wisdom of Apollo and Mars, and the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Marcus Aurelius, Saints Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Moore and Thomas Jefferson will all be as nothing. The only God will be the State and the State will be God.  Hail Comrade Barack Hussein Obama who presides over the birth of this Brave New World of International Amnesia and the Euthanasia of the Soul of Western Civilization.

I know that to some I must seem or sound like a broken record, but I think there is no more constructive, healthy, positive and salubrious way and means of sharpening our perspective than by periodically reviewing the state of the cultural, economic, financial, political, and social regime in light of the Communist ManifestoManifesto of the Communist Party. In doing so, we realize the degree to which the dreams, the prophecy, the vision of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels enunciated in their quite literally Earth-Shattering and Revolutionary Communist Manifesto, written in late 1847, published in February 1848, have been realized in the modern world.  These brilliant emissaries of darkness, enemies of the individual and of civilization in every meaningful way, predicted the future with startling alacrity. Or, more precisely—Karl Marx & Frederick Engels CAUSED the future by envisioning it.  I have the feeling that Barack Hussein Obama is proud and content as he watches from the White House over the painful birth of the Brave New World, finally mature enough to see the wiping away and total destruction of the bourgeois dreams of home-ownership and individualism.  Thanks in large part to the actions of a namesake but rather distant relation of mine who occupied that same White House in 1861-65, Cultural Evolution and History since 1848 have progressed in pretty much exactly the way that Marx envisioned it, although not as quickly as he had hoped, so let us review here only a few pages, from the original sections 17-20:

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Will it be possible for private property to be abolished at one stroke?

No, no more than existing forces of production can at one stroke be multiplied to the extent necessary for the creation of a communal society.

In all probability, the proletarian revolution will transform existing society gradually and will be able to abolish private property only when the means of production are available in sufficient quantity.

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What will be the course of this revolution?

Above all, it will establish a democratic constitution, and through this, the direct or indirect dominance of the proletariat. Direct in England, where the proletarians are already a majority of the people. Indirect in France and Germany, where the majority of the people consists not only of proletarians, but also of small peasants and petty bourgeois who are in the process of falling into the proletariat, who are more and more dependent in all their political interests on the proletariat, and who must, therefore, soon adapt to the demands of the proletariat. Perhaps this will cost a second struggle, but the outcome can only be the victory of the proletariat.

Democracy would be wholly valueless to the proletariat if it were not immediately used as a means for putting through measures directed against private property and ensuring the livelihood of the proletariat. 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) Increase in 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.50

Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith

(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.

It is impossible, of course, to carry out all these measures at once. But one will always bring others in its wake. Once the first radical attack on private property has been launched, the proletariat will find itself forced to go ever further, to concentrate increasingly in the hands of the state all capital, all agriculture, all transport, all trade. All the foregoing measures are directed to this end; and they will become practicable and feasible, capable of producing their centralizing effects to precisely the degree that the proletariat, through its labor, multiplies the country’’s productive forces.

Finally, when all capital, all production, all exchange have been brought together in the hands of the nation, private property will disappear of its own accord, money will become superfluous, and production will so expand and man so change that society will be able to slough off whatever of its old economic habits may remain.

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Will it be possible for this revolution to take place in one country alone?

No. By creating the world market, big industry has already brought all the peoples of the Earth, and especially the civilized peoples, into such close relation with one another that none is independent of what happens to the others.

Further, it has co-ordinated the social development of the civilized countries to such an extent that, in all of them, bourgeoisie and proletariat have become the decisive classes, and the struggle between them the great struggle of the day. It follows that the communist revolution will not merely be a national phenomenon but must take place simultaneously in all civilized countries –– that is to say, at least in England, America, France, and Germany.

It will develop in each of the these countries more or less rapidly, according as one country or the other has a more developed industry, greater wealth, a more significant mass of productive forces. Hence, it will go slowest and will meet most obstacles in Germany, most rapidly and with the fewest difficulties in England. It will have a powerful impact on the other countries of the world, and will radically alter the course of development which they have followed up to now, while greatly stepping up its pace.

It is a universal revolution and will, accordingly, have a universal range.

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What will be the consequences of the ultimate disappearance of private property?

Society will take all forces of production and means of commerce, as well as the exchange and distribution of products, out of the hands of private capitalists and will manage them in accordance with a plan based on the availability of resources and the needs of the whole society. In this way, most important of all, the evil consequences which are now associated with the conduct of big industry will be abolished.

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