Monday, March 29, 2010
I am constantly surprised by the ability of otherwise seemingly smart people to be continually deceived by current democratic attempts to turn the US into the Marxist ideal. This will be accomplished by the expansion of the federal “safety net” of dependency and employment. Currently, the number of government employees in unions is larger than the private sector unions. Government employment is the only area experiencing growth. As more and more people are dependent on the government for their housing, food, subsidized or free health care, and employment, these people will ensure they elect senators and representatives that will protect their interests. When 60% of the population is dependent on the government for wealth transfers, the 40% will have nothing left.
Marx had (has) a 10-point plan for the implementation of the communist state. We are almost there. As you read these think about our country right now. I will repeat the list with the current implementation following Marx’s list. I invite you to compare my list to this one.
THE 10 POINTS:
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 rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization 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 obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
We are almost there: MY LIST
1-National Parks and public lands. The Govt is the largest landowner in the US. “Monument status” is being used to ban mineral, oil, and other recourse development especially throughout the west but also in ANWAR, Florida etc.
2-we already got it and it is going up to pay for the health care bill!!!! Russia right now has a flat tax of 13% and tax revenues are high as tax avoidance behavior has decreased. See here: you need to read this!!!! .. http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/941
3-55% death tax ready to be in place January 2011
4-$10,000 deposit reporting
5-Fed reserve bank, TARP all the banking regulations basically give control to the govt. Recently, new credit card regulations passed also. The bank crisis was caused in large part by govt interventions. Freddie and Fannie and govt guarantee of toxic loans.
6-Internet regulation promised this year. Called “NET NEUTRALITY ACT. Interstate highway system
7-SEE California. Mostly accomplished through the guise of Environmental protection laws and Zoning. Also, farm subsidies. “Monument status” .. http://www.theadventurelife.org/2010/02/14-new-national-monuments-considered-by-obama-administration/
8-Minimum Wage laws.
10-Public schools a “right”. Student loan program to be taken over. Obama promises loan forgiveness. These schools are indoctrination and reeducation camps mostly.
In contrast with the Democrat party of today, “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 Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains” THIS SCARES ME.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The proletarian is a believing communist. Why that appellation? I copied the following from dictionary.com because I didn’t know either.
Word Origin & History
proletarian:1658 (n.), 1663 (adj.), from L. proletarius "citizen of the lowest class," in ancient Rome, propertyless people, exempted from taxes and military service, who served the state only by having children; from proles "offspring, progeny
After reading the definition, I still don’t really understand why Marx chose this title to represent the people. That must be in another book. They do not define Bourgeois in the book either except by identifying them as the oppressors of the Proletarian. Somehow, the Bourgeois rose like specters from the “ruins of the feudal society”. They are the instigators of class antagonism. In the dictionary, the Bourgeois is the middle class not the ruling class. Therefore, I am a little confused on the terminology. A quote from the Manifesto.
“The proletarian is without property; his relation to his wife and children has no longer anything in common with the bourgeois family-relation; modern industrial labour, modern subjection to capital, the same in England as in France, in America as in Germany, has stripped him of every trace of national character. Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests.
Apparently, Law, Morality, Religion, and family were made up by the Bourgeois to subjugate the Proletariat. They suggest the party “will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state”…
SOUND FAMILIAR? HEALTHCARE, TARP, STIMULUS!!!!
Finally, one last quote;
“Modern (ownership)of bourgeois private property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriation products, that is based on class antagonisms, and In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence; Abolition of private property. “
Part 3 is saving the best for last. The 10 points of the Communist take over.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Published 1848 originally in German and famously never read. It is Not really worth the read. I felt it was a rambling screed of self-obsessed malcontents angry at modern society. They complained though out about the rise of the nation state. Somehow it was unfair that people had acquired private property, some more than others. They complained about the oppression and exploitation of the workers. They seemed to look back to the good old days of Feudalism. This was mentioned several times. It was amazing in its self-delusion. They wanted to remove the bourgeois owners of everything and replace them with the Proletariat. This was violently accomplished and it is funny because, the Proletariat Elite (especially Stalin) simply replaced the bourgeois elites and the workers were still serfs; still owning no property. If that were only enough, the new ruling elite in the Soviet Union killed over 25 million people. I include several quotes from the book.
“Modern industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrial capitalist. Masses of labourers, crowded into the factory, are organized like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois State; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the over-looker, and, above all, by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself. The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is. “
They advocate in unmistakable clarity their goals of complete dissolution of all ownership of private property, the destruction of the family unit and the annihilation of religion. This was unambiguously repeated.
Part 2 coming up.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Robinson Crusoe continued. My Man Friday.
The deconstruction and banishment of White Protestant European Male authors by feminists and ethnic studies practitioners was probably a direct result from readings of this book. It is tragic that their personal abhorrence of cultural imperialism and European white male supremacy precludes them from the grasping the opportunity to compare attitudes of that day with the evolution of the currently popular “Diversity Gospel”. We have come 180 degrees in our treatment of race and culture. We now celebrate diversity as if diversity has some intrinsic meaning or value. Look here for more on that. http://spectator.org/archives/2006/04/21/to-tell-the-truth
The fractionation of what was the Soviet Union along ethnic lines suggests sameness is more inherently valued than diversity. It seems as if when any ten people get together somewhere in what was the Soviet Union they want to form a sovereign state founded entirely on their tribal, ethnic, religious or language uniformity . I am afraid to mention the state of war that exists between Islam and infidels. It is too far off topic. Diversity certainly has no place in the warrior culture. Identical haircuts, uniforms, quarters, and treatment of individuals showing no favoritism is central the success of the US military.
On to the story. Friday was a cannibal brought to the island by a rival cannibal tribe for ritual killing and eating. This ritual requires a big bonfire on the beach for roasting the prisoners. This must be the origin of beach bonfire cookouts. Crusoe rescues Friday, but not before he allows several other prisoners to be killed and eaten. This rescue requires killing the members of the rival tribe. Allowing cannibals to be killed and eaten did not bother Crusoe all that much as it was another heathen being killed. He would have intervened earlier if it had been White Christians on the fire. As Friday is dark skinned and a heathen, he is immediately taken by Crusoe as a servant or slave. This action was obvious to Crusoe as this is Fridays “place” in the Universe. Crusoe names him Friday (Crusoe never thought to ask if Friday has a given name,) as he was rescued on Friday. Crusoe has Friday call him “Master”. As a heathen cannibal and worshiper of false Gods, Crusoe never considers Friday anything other than a servant even when he later admits that he, Crusoe, “loves” Friday and cannot bear to see him leave his side. Over several months, Crusoe teaches Friday English, converts Friday to Christianity and has him swear off Cannibalism and renounce the false god Benamuckee. Defoe also has Friday speaking in “pigeon” English confirming his lesser status. Defoe has Friday happily accept his servant status as his rightful one. This White Protestant European Male supremacy is heavily promoted through the text. In my current enlighten state of mind concerning race and culture, Defoe’s treatment of Friday and everyone other than English Protestants is admittedly shocking. I think this is what it was like 300 years ago. In the book, the religious differences between the English and Spain were enough to justify killing each other if captured at sea.
The bigotry of the era is endemic and you cannot help but be offended and sensitized by the treatment of other religions and non-white people. This is another reason why I think you should read this book. It helps us see through other eyes how our own reality may distort our perceptions. This is especially true when confronted by other cultures
With perfect timing after the passing of the Healthcare fraud, next up is The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Of course they are,the posts are supposed to be too long. Using a cliche, it is a work in progress and I hope the writing improves. I think it can only go in one direction. My goal is to graduate from this pinball motion stream of consciousness to a tome interesting enough to hold readers attention and interest. SPOILER ALERT, the posts are not for those dependent on 8 second edits and video game action. I hope to draw you into the books not usually on your reading lists or give you a generous scoop from the pool of common knowledge. If brevity is the soul of wit, circumlocutory verbosity will be the sine qua non of my navel gazing insights. More on Robinson Crusoe soon.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I loved this book.It was published in 1719. I was surprised by several interesting facts. Robinson Crusoe, R.C., was "drawn to the sea" a feeling I often have as I want to go sailing for a week or two. He disobeyed his father and went to sea. Several times R.C. concluded this disobedience was the cause of all his misery causing him to repent for his disobedience. He believed he was shipwrecked as direct retribution for this disobedience, comparing it to Adams Original Sin and being driven from the Garden.
Also, He was on the island for 24 years before Friday appeared. The island adventure was only about 1/3 of the book and of his adventures. It was admittedly the best part of the story. The last half was added 10 years after the first. I was surprised by 3 things. First the vast expanse of the story, the overt christian nature of the writing and the treatment of Friday. I will cover each surprise in the next several entries.
My first Surprise: this book is almost a Christian Gospel Tract advocating conversion of heathens, pagans, idolaters, and Papists. The following are 3 selections from the book.
"But when I considered my station of life decreed by the infinitely wise and good providence of God, that I ought not to dispute my Creator"s sovereignty, who has an unbounded right to govern and dispose of his creatures as he thinks convenient; and that his justice and mercy could either punish or deliver me: I say when I considered all this, I comfortably found it my duty to trust sincerely in him, pray ardently to him, and humbly resign myself to his divine will"
"I believe there is not a state of life but what may be happy, if people would but endeavor for their part to make it so. He is not the happiest man that has the most riches; but he that is content with what he hath."
"I cannot be of that opinion which some conceive, that God should decree men to be damned for want of a right notion of faith, in a place where the wisdom of the Almighty has not permitted it to be preached; and therefore cannot but conclude, that since obedience is the best sacrifice, these poor creatures are acting by that light and knowledge which that are possessed of and undoubtedly obtain a happy salvation, though not that enjoyment with Christ, as his saints confessors, and martyrs must enjoy."
Italics mine. Does some of this language sound familiar? Light of Christ, damned in ignorance, and the possibilty of salvation with the Saints? Love of Money is the root of all evil.
After Friday arrives, R.C. converts Friday from cannibalism, paganism to Christianity and that is an important theme in the story of Friday.
I will address Friday in the next post.