There seems to be a lot of denial about Marxism and socialism in the United States today, especially with regard to people supporting the Democrat Party. If you've ever had to clarify this: "I did not call you or Obama a socialist or a Marxist." - then maybe you can relate to a common problem that comes up in this discussion. Unless someone self-identifies with a political stance, I would hesitate to label a person. Nevertheless, one can point out how tenets of socialism and Marxism have become widely promoted by the US Democrat Party. And deep ideological common ground helps to explain why Bernie Sanders first insinuated that Hillary was corrupt, supporting status-quo political corruption throughout her career, and then endorsed her for presidency.
To be clear, I believe that both the Republican Party and Democratic Party have become corrupted by crony capitalism and extensive corporate lobbying and that Congress has been failing to uphold reasonable checks and balances in the system on behalf of the populace, with many career politicians on both sides apparently interested mainly in extending a lucrative career and not taking any risks. In discussing the main topic, it's helpful to separate what is inclusive of socialism and Marxism versus what is exclusive. It's also important to understand that communism is a progressive agenda that actually incorporates capitalism and then socialism before achieving global communism. For this reason, the exploitation of corporate lobbyists by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, for example, can be considered perfectly in keeping with a globalist socialist-communist agenda.
The state-owned means of production is inclusive in the definition of socialism and so is the heavy regulation of business. The word "community" is really a euphemism for "government" in a basic definition of socialism: "a political and economic theory of social organization advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."
This is a common definition of Marxism: "the political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers to form the basis for the theory and practice of communism .." - that emphasizes the founders' theories. An Engels quote highlights that class struggle is seen as a continuous central element of Marxism: "All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development."
Another key aspect of Marxism is the implied totalitarianism. This is an ugly word that no one wants to be associated with. But the fact is, the rights of the individual were inconsequential to Marx in contrast to the rights of the collectivist state. There are aspects in which Marxism is permeating the US government's approach today by the present administration. One poignant example is the implementation and continuation of The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by President Obama.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) basically gives "legal" ground (not supported by the Constitution) for the US government to arrest American citizens and, without due process or trial, lock them up indefinitely, all based on some secret decision by some secret tribunal because persons are deemed a "threat" to national security. On January 2, 2012, President Obama offered a pretty lame excuse for supporting the bill:
"The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it." (If you did not agree with it, then why you sign it without demanding changes?) "I have signed the bill because I believe that it can be Interpreted and applied in a manner that avoids undue harm to our current operations." (Oh, so now in the US, it's not at all about the most basic rights of citizens, it's now all about protecting US "operations. "- I understand)
The NDAA is a type of law that I would have expected in Stalin's Soviet Union, not in the US. In my opinion, any American that does not find this law reprehensible has probably imbibed the proverbial Kool Aid. But the mainstream media does not really discuss issues like this, so most Americans are not even familiar with it. The legal foundation of habeas corpus is so basic that it is truly incomprehensible to me that people just shake their heads and accept that the law some government "experts" came up with to do away with habeas corpus is valid and that this should be just be accepted without debate. Months after Obama's stamp of approval, Federal judge Katherine B. Forrest outlined why the law is unconstitutional: "In the face of what could be indeterminate military detention, due process requires more,” said the judge." Nevertheless, Obama has kept supporting the NDAA for approval every year it comes up for reconsideration.
The Department of Justice is another example. As was the case with Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder, AG Loretta Lynch flaunts an extreme Democrat partisan bias. For example, Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton during the felony email investigation of Hillary Clinton and then supported a free pass for Mrs. Clinton, all the while refusing to comment on her position to Congress. There is a notable contempt for the judicial canon,"appearance of fairness" and for the US system of checks and balances in general, as replaced with an arrogant partisan hegemony, more in keeping with an underhanded Marxist type modus aperandi than with a constitutional republic.
The US public school system is another area that Is widely controlled by the Democratic Party and has many socialist-Marxist influences. Bernie Sanders, for example, has received massive PAC campaign funding from the National Education Association (NEA), the largest labor union in the US, that supports the Common Core system, which polls show has been opposed by a majority of citizens and teachers, mainly because it thwarts effective teaching and undermines the rights of students and parents. Under "Position and Actions - Vision and Goal Statement" the NEA website states, "NEA Believes the Common Core State Standards have the potential to Provide access to a complete and challenging education for all children." Common Core is basically a federal take over of education and the content includes the overt indoctrination of values antagonistic towards conservatives. Bella Dodd, a leader of the Communist Party of America (CPUSA), who later rejected Communism, claimed that, "...the 'materialistic philosophy,' [i.e., dialectical materialism ] which she said was now guiding public education, would eventually demoralize the nation." - as reported by the NY Times.
The Communist Manifesto clearly outlines that only secular materialism is allowed in this worldview. And the similar US Humanist Manifesto outlines a determined plan to eradicate all theistic religion from society. John Dewey, one of the authors of the original Humanist Manifestos, stated, “Change must come gradually,” and, “To force it unduly would compromise its final success by favoring a violent reaction.” John Dewey's 1933 Humanist Manifesto I outlines a goal of controlling and altering even religious institutions in society in point thirteen: "Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world." - as quoted by Samuel Blumenfeld. In order to better understand the main values being conveyed in US education, and the documented implimentation over time, I would recommend reading The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Iserbyte, available online.
Global governance and the undermining of US sovereignty is in keeping with Marxist aims. While both US parties are guilty of supporting the globalist agenda to some degree, democrats Obama and Bill Clinton have been more active in this. One example is support of Agenda 21. The WND website outlines this subject: "While liberal journalists continue to claim that Agenda 21 is just a “conspiracy theory” being advanced by right-wing crackpots, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL) have released their fourth Draft of the International Covenant on Environment and Development. This document was designed from the beginning to convert the “soft-law” non-binding Agenda 21 into firmly binding global law – enforceable through the International Criminal Court and/or the dispute resolution features of the Convention on the Law of the Sea." Additionally, Bill Clinton has been identified as the main "Outsourcer-in-Chief" - giving favored nation status to China, basically a production facility for the world, exlpoiting the slave labor of the poor "proletariate" for the elite, while helping to undermine and destabilize US blue collar workers and US jobs.
Politicians and people in general can be very adamant and in denial with regard to socialism and being identified with Marxism. Before entering into US politics with husband Bill, Hillary Clinton sealed up her 92-page 1969 senior thesis from Wellesley College titled, "There Is Only the Fight:... An Analysis of the Alinsky Model." - from public view. Socialist Sal Alinksy is known for his controversial book Rules for Radicals, that offered 12 rules for socio-economic change. On the dedication page of the book admiration for Lucifer is expressed, as the original radical who gained his kingdom through lies and rebellion. Hillary Clinton had met Alinsky and expressed great admiration for him and his methods.
The title of Hillary's thesis underscores a central materialist Marxist concept, that all of life is about the "one fight" of class struggle. Alinsky's rules are based upon creating goal-based narratives using artificially stimulated conflict. Rule 9 encourages the creation of alarmism and a hyped-up and false narrative: "Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist." Though Clinton says that she rejects Alinsky's promotion of violence (Rules 1, 11), based on her record of lying profusely, she does not reject Alinsky's use of lies and deceit in creating a deceitful goal-based narrative. So, if you include the deceit factor, maybe Clinton really does accept the use of violence. In any event, her thesis paper underscores that Hillary's affinity for socialist-Marxist ideals is not new. Christians offer that materialism is not the basis of life and that class struggle is not the only fight, or the main one even. I would offer that serious corruption, as exemplified by the Clinton team, is a deeper problem in politics and in society in general and that class struggle is more often than not a result of corrupt moral character rather than political affinities and political structure. Hidden videos presented by James O'keefe show Democratic Party operatives admitting to voter fraud and the seditious stirring up of violence. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Robert Creamer and Scott Foval all lost their jobs recently due to alleged voter fraud for the Democrats.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews recently interviewed Hillary Clinton and asked several times what the difference was between a socialist and a democrat and Hillary, like a robot, kept dodging the question. Based on her thesis at Wellesley, Hillary was qualified to distinguish why she was not a socialist or why she has some socialist tendencies, but for some reason did not want to touch this subject at all.
The American Thinker outlined in an article, "Flawed Person vs. Toxic Party: The Choice 2016" - how democrats tend to frame everything in terms of class struggle and to have Marxist undertones: "This party is guided by a fairly coherent and widely propagated ideology, a variant of Marxism that adds to the struggle of labor against capital other putatively inevitable and historically determinative struggles between an oppressor class of white race and an oppressed class of non-white races, an oppressed class of females in struggle against an oppressor class of males, an oppressed LGBTQ class against oppressor heteros, an oppressor human species against the oppressed non-human environment, and an oppressor West against an oppressed global Rest. A corollary to the Democratic Party ideology is a posture of contempt, or worse, for those who remain unindoctrinated." My one criticism of that article is that it contrasts Trump's moral character against the toxic Democratic Party, when Hillary Clinton's moral character appears to be much lower than Trumps.
Pushing totalitarian laws in the US, pushing the class struggle message, pushing global governance, indoctrinating public school students with relativist socialist and Marxist values, forcing people to use "politically correct" language to reinforce subjective values, forcing people to buy certain insurance or be fined, and so on, all underscore the many ways in which the US Democrat Party has come to promote socialism and Marxism in terms of values and hegemony. Marxism paradoxically promotes materialism, which promotes greed and exploitation, yet it portends to remove these. Churchill coined this quote: "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, a creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Margaret Thatcher underscored that socialism is weak economically: "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Upon writing this article, I noticed that the US Communist Party has officially united behind Hillary Clinton, as described by WND. And there is no indication that she will disavow this support. George Bernanrd Shaw quipped that, "Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English."
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