Collectivist Anarchists such as Mikhail Bakunin (Statism and Anarchy, 1873), along with Communists Karl Marx, Frederich Engels (Communist Manifesto-1848; Capital, Volume 1-1867, Volume 2-1885, Volume 3-1894) and others were justly disturbed by the cruel, sometimes vicious exploitation of working people they believed to be the direct, inevitable result of capitalism at the hands of the bourgeoisie. Without getting into complex socioeconomic theories debated among pioneers of Socialism, Anarchism, Syndicalism, etc., let’s agree that generally speaking, the prevailing discourse at the time (19th Century) was wage earner (proletariat) versus wage provider (capitalist/bourgeoisie) and the ensuing class struggle.
Marx didn’t so much promote Communism as predict it. Some of Marx’s predictions came to pass, but much of his perceived future came down through history very differently. For example; Marx correctly foresaw the inevitable rise of monopoly capitalism, but the destruction of small business and wage earner wealth did not wholly diminish as he thought it would. While corrupt monopolies did flourish, small and medium businesses also flourished and worker earnings grew significantly. It turns out, all boats tend to rise under free market capitalism in spite of corruption and unfair advantage. The revolution never materialized, but the despicable evolution is alive and well, though of a very different nature than Marx thought.
Marx and others opined that the proletariat would violently revolt or as Bernstein, Gramsci and others opined, non-violently evolve with the workers taking control of the State; destroying private property ownership; ending inequality; finally ending the need for a State entirely; the result being a prosperous paradise. Marx and Engels realized that the State as an intermediate step would for some period of time have to be frighteningly powerful, but then would magically go away as it realized it was no longer necessary. What Karl Marx envisioned happening, up to the powerful State part, in my humble opinion, did in fact happen, is happening – just not at all the way he imagined.
It never occurred to Marx that the bourgeoisie, or as I call them today, the Elite, the world’s dynastic families, the Oligarchy, the Plutocracy – would identify Communism or more generally Collectivism as the ideal mechanism for obtaining total monopoly control of all governments, resources, people and wealth on earth. Marx never saw that coming. His students and academic adherents still don’t see it; but the Elite see it and use it perfectly to their greedy advantage. Marx’s important work provided the Elite, the world’s largest, most corrupt transnational monopoly owners a road map, a business plan by which they could hope to rule the world. And as we can all see, they are trying their inbred best to make that happen.
Main Street citizens, for the most part are busy raising families, earning a living, recreating and so forth. They don’t pay much attention to political ideology nor its impact on legislation, regulation, taxation or their lives. The inbred Elite on the other hand, may have more money than brains or honor, but they do pay attention. The Elite realized in about a minute that Marx’s vision could be a wonderful thing for them – if they could manage history as a self-fulfilling prophesy with themselves as controllers of the State rather than workers. Nothing makes control of populations easier than top-down, centrally controlled government.
The Bolshevik Revolution, Mao’s Revolution and the spread of international communism, now more digestibly called socialism have been and still are entirely funded by the world’s wealthiest Elite; are supported by the Elite through their Foundations, Institutes, think tanks, study groups, associations and of course, as Lenin so aptly exclaimed, the useful idiots of academia. Good intentions are oft used against us.
MONOPOLY CANNOT SURVIVE FREE MARKET CAPITALISM. Monopoly requires assistance and protection, usually provided through the wheel chair of corrupt government regulation and taxation, in order to destroy potential competition and provide free reign for price fixing, government policy manipulation, etc. Marx inadvertently handed the keys for world domination off to the same Elite he so despised; then we the people gave them the car…the train….the boat….the plane…and everything else to go with all that – and we don’t even realize it. We think we’re fighting it.
The so-called New World Order (NWO) isn’t a conspiracy. It’s an effective BANKING/OIL/WAR BUSINESS PLAN operating in plain sight every day of every week. A plan whose evil strength lies in its ability to go unnoticed; to masquerade as something it’s not, while cloaking it’s impoverishing, enslaving nature in a media cloak of propaganda, entrainment and conditioning.
Capitalism allows for monopoly, but discourages it. Collectivism not only allows monopoly; but protects and nourishes it. It’s time as voters we recognize we’re being had. R’s and D’s are all wholly owned subsidiaries of the Elite Oligarchy. Main Street has zero representation in D.C. Transnational monopolies have 500% of the ears in D.C. That means our elected and appointed officials are usually bribed more than once, hence more than 100% corruption.
I’m not sure how we’re going to fix this, but I do know we Main Street folk better start discussing it and we best exercise a bit of individual, free thinking before casting our 2106 votes in November. As the late, Aaron Russo said and I’m paraphrasing; Quit being good R’s and D’s. Start being good Americans. We owe this to ourselves and the generations to come. Let’s take back self-governance together as the good, decent people we are.