The 10 Pillars of Communism - author, Karl Marx

Review the 10 pillars of Communism and judge for yourself how successful the Communists have been in changing American society up to this point.


1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

Check out laws on "Eminent Domain" (Kelo v. City of New London), High Property Taxes, Government Owned Land Across the US, etc.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Already in place here.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Check out taxes on inheritance - it's being accomplished slowly.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Not yet.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

Research the operation of the Federal Reserve.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

Research the operation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) & the Department of Transportation (DoT).

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

Refer to the takeover of the US auto industry via bailouts and The Farm Bill. These do some of this already.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

Obligation to work? No. "Industrial armies, etc." - see Unions heavily supported by the government, the Peace Corps, Job Corps, etc.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

See the "Kelo v. City of New London" ruling by the Supreme Court.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

"Free education"? Done via our taxes! "Abolition of children's factory labor"? Done (as it should be, of course). "Combination of education with industrial production"? Partial only.