By Don Jans
The term “communism” is used often in today’s conversations. We hear those on the right accusing those on the left of being “communists”. We hear those on the left claiming they are not “communists” but are in fact “capitalists”. Both Obama and Biden have made that claim while at the same time advocating for all that is “communism.”
Sadly, most Americans have no idea what “communism” really is. Many say that “communism” is when the state owns all of the productive property. That is true and this is also known as “socialism”. Many say they are not “communists”, as do Obama and Biden, while at the same time advocating for more and more control over the lives of the people, both the choices they make and the thoughts they can have. Many Americans claim they are not “communists” while at the same time supporting total federal control over our education system and all facets of business including demanding more powerful labor unions.
Many on the right absolutely claim they despise “communism” and yet they vote for and support more and more government controls over all aspects of our lives and our businesses through laws and regulations, they support more aspects of taking from the individual in the forms of taxes and fees, and they support more welfare programs and government giveaways. Yet, they tell people, perhaps they even believe, that they are a conservative.
Communism, in some form, has existed for all of recorded history. Communism is a major aspect of the ideology of Collectivism. Collectivism negates individuality and regulates and controls according to classes based on economics, race, ethnicity, or any other common trait into which people can be placed. This is what made the United States such a unique nation, for the first time a nation said all would be treated as individuals and not relegated to have opportunities and freedoms based upon some group distinction. We find this declaration in our founding documents, as well as in the sentiments and quotes of our founders.
We now see the ugly head of collectivism, primarily communism, rear its immoral, its, controlling, and its tyrannical head in our society. We must ask, what is “communism.” I have taken this explanation from the World Atlas, “What is Communism.”
An Introduction To The Concept Of Communism
A utopian world or perfect place would be one where everyone’s basic necessities of life are fulfilled. In such a world, no forms of oppression would exist. Everyone would have equal financial and social status, equal rights, opportunities, and freedoms. Although the creation of such a perfect society appears to be a distant possibility in today’s world, communism has been proposed by some to be the only way to achieve a utopian society.
In very simple words, communism is the idea that every individual in a society receives an equal share of the benefits derived from labor. In such a society, the state would own everything, implying nothing (businesses, produce, etc.) would be owned by individuals. The wealth would be re-distributed and equally divided among all the individuals in a society such that the rich will become less rich and the poor will become less poor and ultimately, all will achieve the same economic status.
Also, true communism would be achieved when the practice is spread all across the world to include all the countries of the world, as mentioned by the German philosopher Frederick Engels, one of the founders of the Marxist theory together with Karl Marx.
The Father Of Communism: Birth Of Communist Theories And Principles
Karl Marx, a Prussian sociologist, philosopher, economist, and journalist, is regarded as the father of communism. In collaboration with Frederick Engels, Marx published several works including the most famous one entitled the “Communist Manifesto” which was published in 1848. According to Marx, a truly utopian society would be achieved only when a single stateless and classless society exists. He even described three phases of action to achieve such a state. First, a revolution was needed to overthrow the existing regime and completely eradicate the old system. Second, a dictator needs to come to power and act as the sole authority on all matters including the personal matters of the public. The dictator would then be responsible for making everyone follow the ideals of communism and also ensure that no property or wealth is privately owned. Finally, the last stage would be the achievement of a utopian state (although this stage has never been achieved) whereby supreme equality would be achieved and everyone would willingly and happily share their wealth and benefits with others in society.
According to Marx, in an ideal communist society, banking would be centralized, the government would control education and labor. All infrastructural facilities, agricultural means, and industries would be government-owned. Private property and inheritance rights would be abolished and heavy income taxes would be levied on all.
Back to me. I would disagree that Karl Marx is the father of Communism. Marx certainly defined it and wrote about it a great deal, but it existed in various forms prior to Marx. Also, the philosophy of achieving this magical utopia, had been argued by philosophers long before Marx.
Marx, and the utopians, argue that their ideal state will arrive when all people are exactly the same. All will have the same things, act the same, and most importantly think the same. Marx said that no government would be needed. Madison said that no government would be needed either if all people were angels. Marx, being an atheist, and requiring atheism as a major factor in communism, does not mention angels.
The American left (Democrats and their allies including BLM and ANTIFA, and their useful idiots the RINO’s) are well into the first stage required, that being revolution. They are attempting to move into the second phase, that being the rise of a dictator. Marx refers to this as the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat.” Marx specifically stated that despotic means would need to be used during this time to eliminate or force conformity on any and all who would oppose this movement.
It is important for all who oppose the transformation of the United States into a communist state, as promised by Obama, to understand what communism really is. It is exactly what the American left advocates today. Yes, members of your families, your friends, and your acquaintances could in fact be “communists”. If you disagree with this movement you must actively oppose it. A critical part of your opposition must be “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” in the minds of these “communists”. Many of them do not know any better and will change once they understand what they are advocating. You can become a warrior for individual liberty and freedom. You can get my book, “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” on my website or on Amazon. Get it now. Become a true warrior for individual liberty and freedom, become a true American.
Don Jans is a national acclaimed author and speaker. He is also a lifelong student of history, with a special emphasis on Russian history. His study of Russian history led to 1917 which led to the study of the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Don has written five books on the topic of Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Progressivism).
Don has been a guest on numerous nationally and regionally broadcast radio programs. He is a weekly guest on a nationally broadcast radio program where he discusses collectivism and how it is impacting the United States, relating current happenings to the collectivist agenda.
Don has spoken to numerous groups across the nation on the topic of who and what is the United States and who and what is collectivism. The collectivist movement has called for a transformation of the United States. What is critical for all to understand is what is the transformation; what are we now and into what will we be transformed.
Don’s speaking approach is the same as his writing approach, and that is to be direct and straight forward with no regard for the current mandated approach of political correctness.
Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” If we are to remain free, we must be about setting brushfires of freedom.