I wonder if the world could have been saved a lot of misery if Karl Marx had ever visited America. He seemed to be saturated with the cultures of the world that had the crown and nobility owning all the land. In ancient empires like Egypt, Pharaoh owned everything that the temple didn’t control. The same was true in most places down through the centuries. Owning land in Europe in medieval times was very limited if you were not of the right class. It wasn’t as bad as Marx portrayed it in 19th century Europe but still limited.
What if Marx had come to the United States in 1862 when the Homestead Act was passed. I realize that was after he wrote the Communist Manifesto but it might have caused some retractions. Here is something he wrote,
“You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths.” Kindle Location 270-271This statement was wrong when it was written. It is still wrong today but if the people behind the current elites in the world are successful they will make it a reality, with them in the mansions and all of us out pulling the plows since they also want to do away with gasoline engines.
Communism is evil. It was evil in 1848. It was evil in 1917. It hasn’t changed at all.
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