Marxism has a growing presence in our lives. Kids are being inculcated with Marxist ideology that is taught in schools. Adults are castigated for opposing Marxist ideas. Marxist ideas have even been openly advocated by some members of Congress.
What is Marxism?
Marxism, according to Wordnik ( www.wordnik.com/words/marxism) is:
- The socialist philosophy and political program developed by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.
- Any social or political philosophy or ideology derived from the thought of Karl Marx.
The political philosophies derived from Marxism include Communism (“world socialism”), as in the dictatorial regimes of the Soviet Union (Russia), China, Vietnam, and Cuba; Nazism (the abbreviation of “National Socialism”), as in the dictatorial regimes of Germany and Italy (where it was called “Fascism”) between World Wars I and II, and Socialism, used as a façade for the oppressive and destructive dictatorships of many African and South American countries, with Venezuela being the latest example.
The Marxist Democratic Socialism is currently dominant in Europe, where it replaced monarchies (or relegated monarchs to figureheads), with little improvement in the populace’s political control of their lives and fundamental persecution. “Freedom” is a nebulous, essentially unknown term in Europe, limited to only that permitted by the government, which is not freedom at all. It is endlessly eroded by numerous exceptions whenever the granted permissions becomes inconvenient to the government. Restrictions mount year-by-year, smothering and hindering progress, particularly via the insidious intrusion of ever more regulations imposed by European Union bureaucrats (e.g., a cucumber that is curved cannot be sold as a cucumber). Britain pulled out of the EU just in time.
Marxism in all its guises is responsible for the deaths of 120 million to 150 million people. The exact figure is unknown; dictators, like any criminals, obviously do not care to keep accurate records of their exploits. But that total number in any case is far, far greater than the number of deaths resulting from any other scourges ever suffered by the human race – including even slavery and the worst plagues.
Beyond that number are the billions that have lived and continue to live out their lives under oppressive conditions that strip them of any real freedom to think for themselves and to take actions which Americans would assume as natural, day-to-day range of choices. For examples, read the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. With isolated exceptions, those rights are uniformly absent beyond American borders, and particularly in countries with Marxist rulers. Marxists in the U.S. are intent on taking away those rights here in our country as well.
Americans are not afraid to stand up to an errant government. In other countries, it is better to “keep your head down” and stay beneath the government’s notice.
Is that kind of oppression imposed on a country’s people the exception for Marxist governments, or is it the norm? Is this the case of a few bad apples, or is Marxism itself the problem?
The answer is not too hard to uncover. The text of Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto is very clear: “their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”
Note that “all existing social conditions” includes not just the government, but your wealth, your family, and your way of life as well.
The Ends Justify the Means
“Forcible overthrow” – that means violence, destruction, and killing. For would-be tyrants, being a Marxist is the perfect excuse for anything they choose to do.
From its core, Marxism is inevitably violent.
The Black Lives Matter organization and its goals, strategies, and actions provide a great example. According to Patrisse Cullors, one of the co-founders of the BLM organization, the co-founders are “trained Marxists”. Their actions and their policies demonstrate how little they actually care for the lives of Blacks.
Violence is only a road to power for Marxists; nothing more. The founders of Black Lives Matter would not be Marxists if they were not violent.
BLM’s actions also show how solidly its leaders adhere to Marx’ Manifesto.
“Black Lives Matter” is just a façade.
That became evident during last year’s summer riots, when a great many businesses that employed Blacks as well as Black-owned businesses were deliberately destroyed. The message was clear: destroy opponents and non-supporters of BLM – even Blacks. Black lives do not matter to BLM. Black lives are not BLM’s first priority. Seizing power and taking control are BLM’s top priority.
Let Rashad Turner, a founder of the BLM branch in St. Paul Minnesota explain what BLM cares about:
“In 2015 I was a founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul. I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies, black lives do matter. However, after a year on the inside, I learned they have little concern for rebuilding black families, and they cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis. That was made clear when they publicly denounced charter schools, alongside the teachers’ union. I was an insider in Black Lives Matter, and I learned the ugly truth: the moratorium on charter schools does not support rebuilding the black family, but it does create barriers to a better education for black children.”
BLM, like all Marxists, thrive on deluded, ignorant, and easily-swayed minions, puppets, and pawns. For all Marxists, ignorant people are BLM’s mindless, unthinking shock troops, to be summoned as needed to disrupt, riot, and destroy.
Law and order never serve any Marxists’ purposes – and it goes without saying that that is also true for BLM. The death of George Floyd was just a tool, in the eyes of BLM leaders; nothing more.
To be involved with BLM dedicates your time, effort, and money to the aid of Marxists; not to helping Blacks lead better lives. For BLM’s leaders, taking power is the only goal. Black lives are just a tools, as are the unwitting people who lend BLM support – to be used and tossed aside. Black lives do not matter to BLM.
If Black lives matter to you, stay away from BLM.
If the lives of you, your family, and friends matter to you, stay away from Marxists.
If the lives of your school-age kids mean anything to you, you might want to discuss Marxism’s true nature with their teachers.
Marxists are only after wanton, ruthless power. They have no respect for you, and you should have no respect for them.
Ending Oppression: the Rights of the Individual
For thousands of years, people have suffered under the tyranny of chieftains, kings, emperors, and all the different names given to century after century of oppression, force, and savagery.
The recognition of the rights of the individual dawned slowly and haltingly, first in Classical Athens of 600-400 BC, then in Britain beginning with the Magna Carta in 1215, and culminating about 1700 with the writings of John Locke, which for the first time spelled out what individual rights included, and why.
Starting in 1607, a third and greater player arose: colonists from Britain began arriving on the North American continent, intent on carving out a freedom to be economically successful, far from endless European wars. Their political philosophy developed from their experiences as colonists, combined with John Locke’s theories of individual rights.
The colonists created a truly New World, displacing and ultimately forcing an end to more than ten thousand years of savagery, destruction, killing, and slavery wreaked by American Indians upon each other and upon the colonists themselves.
In the place of tyranny and violence, the new Americans built a world of freedom, of independence, and of peaceful free trade established for the mutual betterment of both sides, with everyone living under the first laws ever written to protect freedom.
But humanity’s tyrants – both would-be and actual – saw America’s achievement as a threat. Since America’s founding, they have sought to end that progress with one last, final breath: in 1848, Marx’ Communist Manifesto was published.
The failures of those governments based on Marxist precepts are all well-documented and plain to see. The unrivaled success of freedom, and its greatest example: the United States of America is also unmistakable.
It is time to put Marxism and all of its hidden-agenda, subversive efforts to destroy freedom – like the Black Lives Matter organization – into the dustbin of history, alongside all the other tyrannies.