I am a visitor from another planet, which is not too hard to believe, as my critics will tell you without blushing.  Upon landing from outer space, I encountered a fellow, Christian, who was wise in the ways of the world.  I found his insights and observations about this new land quite informative.  My conversation with Christian wandered through the usual gamut of topics, including: family, hobbies, sex, religion, politics, and economics.  At one point I asked him, “Now, correct me if I’m wrong, I am told that you people here in the USA spend somewhere approaching a half a Trillion dollars a year on your military establishment. Why do you spend all this money?”Christian said, “We used to spend a lot on the Cold War, but now that the Soviet Union has dissolved, we don’t have to spend that money fighting the spread of Communism.  Now we use our defense dollars to protect ourselves from threats that may emerge from dictatorial powers, rogue nations, and intelligence and actions against Islamic terrorists.  We also use military force to protect our resource interests, countries friendly to our interests, and to protect weaker nations from unlawful aggression.”I said, “That makes sense. How did you overcome the communist threat in the Cold War?”

Christian said, “Back in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan directed a build up our military forces and threatened to employ an Antiballistic Missile System the media mockingly called Star Wars.  It is widely thought that the Soviet Union saw that matching the military expenditures of the USA would have bankrupted them.  At the same time there was a general uprising of the people in Russia and the Eastern block countries.  The people were tired of the oppression and corruption of the Communist system and threw off those governments, and adopted democracies.  Essentially the Communist system collapsed from within.”Then I asked, “What is Communism?”Christian said, “Communism is a classless system of communal ownership of the tools of production, where each man is paid what he needs.  It arises by a workers’ revolution through class warfare and riots.  The proletarians (the workers) take over the tools and facilities of production from the Bourgeoisie (the owner class).  Marx believed that the owner class was parasitic and oppressive.  He believed, as did Nietzsche, that the master-slave relationship was one of the dominant patterns of human relationship throughout history.  Unions were an important part of organizing the proletarians into a large and powerful enough force to overcome the force of the owner class.  The organization of the workers and unions has become best known by the phrase, “Workers of the World unite.”  Karl Marx developed his ideas in Das Kapital as a political theory of economics.  He believed that Capitalism would implode because of the inherent contradictions within it, and the workers would be incited to rise up and take back their position as equals with the Bourgeoisie (owners).  He believed that when the workers took over, they would relinquish control and that there would be no ruling class.  But, Marx did not give any clear pathway to how this transition of power would transpire, and we see in the communist countries, the USSR, China, etcetera, there has been no relinquishing of power by the working class.”

I thought that was interesting, and I asked him, “Do you know the demands of the Communist Manifesto?”

Christian told me, “The Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles in a short book published in 1848.

A quote that captures well the end and spirit of communism is:

“In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.  The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!” — Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto

At the end of the Second Volume of the Communist Manifesto is a list of 10 short term demands.

1) “The first of the demands of the Communist Manifesto is: Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence.”

We have already largely incorporated the “abolition of property” principle as part of the Property Tax laws.  If you own your own home and you stop paying the property tax on it, the sheriff will come and take it from you and sell it.  If you do not pay the property taxes, even though you hold title on that land, you are not “allowed” on your own land. You have an equity position in real property, but the state where you live owns the land.  That is why they can move you off of it when you don’t pay their rent.  By paying property taxes we are in effect imposing the first demand of the Communist Manifesto upon ourselves.  In the Bible it says we are in violation of Leviticus 25:23 if you do that.

2) The second demand of the communist manifest is: a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. The tax code is clearly a progressive system, where 50% of the population pays no income tax at all, and the highest few percent pay the majority of the tax burden.  We have incorporated the second demand of the communist manifesto into our tax code.  We are in violation of the Biblical commands of Malachi 3:8 and Deuteronomy 4:13.
3) The third demand of the Communist Manifesto is: Abolition of all right of inheritance.

The tax code has a heavy inheritance tax in it.  The Statists declare that it is unfair to give children money that they didn’t earn.  They want to stop all generational accumulation of wealth, which will eliminate the Landed Class, the old money, the Trust fund babies who control government and industry by their lobbyists.  Our states have probate courts, and lawyers who are creating wills instead of trusts.  We have already adopted the third demand of the communist manifesto, and this is in violation of Deuteronomy 21:15-17 and Numbers 18:20-24.”

4) The fourth demand of the communist manifesto is: Confiscation of the property of all immigrants and rebels.
We have all seen people people taken to jail because of tax evasion.  People who are rebelling against the unGodly system of taxation are stripped of their property and freedom.  That’s the fourth demand of the communist manifesto, and it is a violation of Leviticus 26:17 and Proverbs 28:1.”

5) The fifth demand of the communist manifesto is: Centralization of credit by the creation of a national bank.

We no longer have a system of value, we have fiat currency created by the Federal Reserve.  In 1913 we passed legislation to allow the Federal government to create a national bank.  Eventually in 1970 Richard Nixon took the dollar bill off the silver standard.  As a nation we have already ceded to the fifth demand of the communist manifesto, and we are in violation of Leviticus 19:35-36, Deuteronomy 25:13-16 and Exodus 20:15.

6) The sixth demand of the communist manifesto is: Centralization of the means of communication & transport in the hands of the state.

We have light rail systems springing up at huge expense in cities like Portland Oregon.  There is no economic justification for the money that these systems cost.  Weighing, speed limit enforcement, drivers license, and car license fees are charged.  The communications system is strongly controlled by FCC regulations, legislation has been proposed to give the president the power to kill the Internet in times of emergency.  These are elements of the sixth demand of the communist manifesto and this is in violation of Deuteronomy 7:2 and Exodus 23:32-33.”

7) The seventh demand of the communist manifesto is: 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.

The Bureau of Land management, Department of Agriculture, and EPA have implemented much of the seventh demand of the communist manifesto and you are in violation of Leviticus 25: 1-10.

8) The eighth demand of the communist manifesto reads: Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

If you have a social security number you are in effect part of the industrial army.  We have not yet all been forced to labor at the direction of the State, but there is movement in that direction.  Workfare has been proposed as a form of welfare reform.  We are on the path toward implementing the eighth demand of the communist manifesto, and violating the commands of Leviticus 19:13 and Deuteronomy 24:14-15.”

9) The ninth demand of the Communist Manifesto reads: A combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries. Gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

City planning and urban sprawl has been a de facto spread of the population into the country.  We have moved out of the city into the country.  Rather, we have urbanized the country.  In a way we have succumbed to the ninth demand of the communist manifesto and violation of Leviticus 25: 1-7.

10) I finished by quoting the tenth demand of the communist manifesto: Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Conform education with industrial productions.

As a homeowner, a large percentage of your property taxes go to fund schools.  The Department of Education has directed the schools to teach curriculum favorable to the political views of the administrators.  The government forces everyone to pay taxes to support the public school system, even if you home school your children.  By our support of the public education establishment, we support the tenth demand of the Communist Manifesto, in violation of Deuteronomy 4: 9-10, Deuteronomy 6: 1-25 and Deuteronomy 11:19.

“Like I told you, I’m from outer space, and I’m not the brightest firecracker that ever went off in the galaxy, but I’m trying to figure out why you fought for decades against Communism, but now you willfully enforce enact many of its precepts as law, and enforce their practice?”

Then I wondered, “Did the Communists ever run a presidential candidate?”

Christian said, “Yes, Gus Hall, the ancient 80-year-old president of the Communist Party, used to run every time until the Democrats took over the Congress after WWII.  FDR enacted many of the demands that we see in the demands of the Communist Manifesto. If Gus Hall had been elected President of the United States, he would not have abolished property tax or income tax, or instructed the legal profession to only create trusts for families to hold property in, and he would not have abolished the probate courts.  He would have continued to prosecute tax rebels.  Gus Hall would not have closed the Federal Reserve.  He would not have shut down the FCC, EPA, or eliminated the bureaucracies that control trade, commerce, business, industry, energy, and agriculture.  He would not have eliminated the Social Security Administration.  Gus Hall would not have closed the public school system and sold the public schools back to the families in the neighborhoods where they resided.  The Agenda of the Communist party is still being implemented slowly by the education establishment as they change the hearts and minds of the children.  The communists still have a goal of world domination.  They have infiltrated government bureaucracies, influenced the laws and courts to rule in favor of cases that further their philosophical agenda, they strongly influence organized labor, and they have manipulated the legal/political/social systems to create divisions between the classes.  Their goal is to foster envy and a sense of oppression in the working class so that the masses, the workers, the people, the unions will rise up in revolution against the owner class.”

After all that study, I had to admit, I have no idea why the people of the USA fought so hard against Communism, and then adopted its policies.