I recently re-read “The Communist Manifesto” written by Karl Marx in 1848.
What I read was a bit shocking. Marx had “10 planks” that this evil manifesto was based upon and he advocated the use of any means to accomplish these socialist goals including violent revolutions. The planks are listed bellow, followed by my comment on how it applies to America today:
10 planks of communism by Karl Marx
1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
Dr. Elliott’s Comment: This is where eminent domain comes into the picture, and even property taxes. Once you own your property outright by paying off your mortgage, you still don’t technically own it because the government could jack up property taxes so high that it makes it unaffordable to remain.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Dr. Elliott’s Comment: Marginal tax rates increasing as income goes up IS a graduated income tax. This is in opposition to a more fair tax like a national sales tax or flat tax where a person is not taxed at a higher rate the more income they earn.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Dr. Elliott’s Comment: In the U.S. these can be seen as estate taxes (i.e. the death tax).
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