Written by Ronald R. Cherry, MD
In its essence Marxism, the core ideology of Socialism, contains an irrational, utopian and coercive perversion of human equality. Marxism seeks equality where equality does not exist, demanding legal enforcement of equal social outcomes, including those related to economics, religion and human sexuality. This ideology even extends to international relationships whereby no nation is allowed to “excessively” prosper or achieve greatness, i.e.: all nations must be “equal.”
Never mind that when people are free their human nature leads to natural inequality of outcomes – some are hard-working and some are lazy – some are more intelligent and some are less intelligent – some are stronger and some are weaker – some are tall and some are short. Unequal results occur naturally without force when people possess rightful liberty. Based on their degree of truly free enterprise nations similarly divide themselves into various degrees of prosperity or depravity.
Under the guiding hand of intellectuals and mass media Marxist ideas are slowly and silently transforming the mental attitudes of Americas. For example, we fail to recognize Marxist Equality at work when elementary schools do not keep score during athletic events - we must not hurt little Johnny's feelings when another team scores more goals or points - that is inequality. Never mind that athletic competition results in a form of natural and healthy inequality which leads to an appreciation of success and an acknowledgement of failure. Collegiate Title IX rules are a form of Cultural Marxism since equal numbers of men’s and women’s athletic programs are unnaturally enforced instead of a natural program of equal liberty for men and women students to create athletic teams. This form of Marxist thinking is called “gender equity,” but Marxist thinking is dysfunctional in the real world, frustrating the natural liberty and the equal rights of students to pursue athletic recreation. Affirmative Action is also a form of Cultural Marxism since these laws unnaturally force equal ethnic or racial outcomes in graduate school admission instead of a natural enforcement of equal academic standards for all. Under Cultural Marxism the values of American Judeo-Christian Culture must be seen as equal to that of Totalitarian Political Islam, and by unnaturally slicing open the Gordian Knot of human nature, the value of homosexuality must be made equal - by force - to that of heterosexual marriage. Like gods walking the earth, the Marxist “Priests of Power” - in their perverted minds - believe they can “create human nature.”
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake… The object of power is power... Always there will be the intoxication of power... We are the Priests of Power… We'll cut the links between child and parent… and between man and woman... Children will be taken from their mothers at birth as one takes eggs from a hen... Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card… You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do, and will turn against us; but we create human nature.” George Orwell - 1984
Under Economic Marxism, through government-managed economic class struggle, the property outcome of the hard-working middle class, in their natural creative pursuit of happiness, must be unnaturally and forcefully made equal to that of the so-called proletariat class, which in practice turns out to be the non-workers and the government employed or supported make-workers. Forced equality of economic outcome requires the tyranny of suppressed property rights for the worker, and corresponding enhancement of property rights for the lazy, through unequal tax law, in order to reduce the gap which naturally occurs - under equal rights - between rich and poor. We have a moral obligation to help the disabled poor as taught in the Old and New Testaments, but that Judeo-Christian duty is a non-self-serving individual obligation, not a self-serving collectivist government obligation. Our Founding Fathers did not include charity as an enumerated power of Federal Government in our Constitution because they knew that government - a small group of people after all - is prone to greed and corruption on a far greater scale than that of individuals, most of whom are naturally compassionate and charitable toward their disabled neighbor. Under our 10th Amendment family, private individuals, private groups and - as a last resort - state governments are responsible for helping the elderly and disabled who are in need of help.
When Karl Marx advocated economic class struggle, “From each according to his abilities [middle class], to each according to his needs [proletariat class],” he failed - I believe intentionally - to account for the facts of lower human nature – the greedy aspect of human nature. The ordinary man desires to labor creatively for his property in the pursuit of happiness. The laboring man who desires and is satisfied with the fruit of his own labor is not a greedy man; his happiness a natural sign of self-ownership and earned self-esteem. The proletariat class, and the Marxist ruling class, do not desire to labor - they desire the fruit of labor of the laboring man - that is greed. Karl Marx ignored or concealed the fact that the proletariat class becomes the greedy class – along with the Marxist ruling class - greedy for the labored-for property of the hard-working middle class. Government which forces equal property outcome must do so through “despotic inroads on the rights of property” – i.e.: government expropriation of middle class labored-for property which is “re-distributed” – first to themselves - and then to the labor-challenged so-called proletariat class in return for votes. Marxists call such economic social engineering “Social Equity” - Orwellian Newspeak for unequal property rights and unequal tax law - or it is called “Social Justice” - Orwellian Newspeak for social injustice. Karl Marx understood that forced equal outcome required the tyranny of unequal rights – together the labor-challenged, tax-eating Marxist and proletariat classes have superior rights to property compared to the laboring, tax-paying middle class. The inequity of forced equal outcome is unequal rights.
The proletariat [lazy, tax-eating, non-disabled government-dependents] will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital [property] from the bourgeoisie [laboring, tax-paying middle class and entrepreneurs], to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state [self-serving Marxist Government and intellectuals]… Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property.” Karl Marx
Under Economic Marxism the middle class will be gradually reduced to the economic level of existing poverty – this occurs when enough of a population goes over to the proletariat side – with outstretched hands – voting for the Party which will rob the laboring middle class on their behalf. The property outcome of the hard-working middle class, in their natural creative pursuit of happiness, must be unnaturally and forcefully made equal to that of destructive proletarian laziness. Eventually under Marxism the middle class is worn down through excessive taxation.
“You must, therefore, confess that by "individual" you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible... And the abolition of this state of things is called by the bourgeois, abolition of individuality and freedom! And rightly so. The abolition of bourgeois [middle class] individuality, bourgeois independence, and bourgeois freedom is undoubtedly aimed at.” Karl Marx
Serfdom and poverty are inevitable in a Marxist society because the people comprising collectivist government invariably become greedy for fruit of other men’s labor - and because the work ethic of the laboring middle class is destroyed as they eventually become exhausted and demoralized by the burden of excessive taxation of their labor on behalf of the parasitic proletariat and Marxist ruling classes. The work ethic of the non-disabled proletariat class is also destroyed because they are not required to labor for property – the Marxist ruling class supplies them with the fruit of middle class labor. In the end a nation where the natural work ethic of its people is destroyed - and where there are no longer enough people in the laboring middle class - is a nation on the Road to Serfdom. At the end of Marxist economic class struggle, when the middle class finally succumbs, there will be a dramatic fall off in production of food and other goods and services. Crisis and possible anarchy ensues – and who “comes to the rescue” - with dictatorial martial law - but the Marxist Ruling Class it’s self. Marxist “Social Justice” ends in poverty and a “dictatorship of the proletariat” – code for dictatorship of the Marxist ruling class. Marxist Socialism is not the cure for poverty - it is one of the chief causes of poverty in the modern world – an organized crime against humanity.
Marxists believe that a private employer “appropriates” a worker’s labor which “alienates them from, their fundamental nature.” That may be true under a Fascist system of Crony Capitalism, but under true Free Enterprise a worker is paid by an employer in free exchange for his labor which anchors both to their fundamental nature. A multiplicity of employers naturally find themselves competing for good workers via higher payments and other benefits, and employers also naturally compete for customers by improving their products and services, thus the natural competition of real Free Enterprise is the self-limiting force which provides real justice to all three - the worker, the customer and the employer. Marxists believe that “Equality in ownership and control of the means of production is a necessary prerequisite for freedom,” when in fact, as twentieth Century has shown, and as F. A. Hayek noted: “Equality before the law and material equality are…in conflict with each other… A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.” The truth which Hayek wrote highlights an Orwellian contradiction: Government concentration in ownership and control of the means of production is a necessary prerequisite for totalitarian government power which results in unequal rights, inequality before law, and the destruction of freedom.
Marxism, as a corollary to irrational government-enforced equal outcome, unjustly demands rules and laws which restrict freedom. Envision a sprinter unnaturally weighed down by leaded shoes and required to dodge tripwires; since his competitor has no such burden, one achieves the Marxist injustice of enforced equal outcome - or engineered defeat – by holding someone back. Ordinary hard-working, tax-paying, government-supporting middle-class Americans are the impeded runner under an increasingly Marxist economic system - the new “bourgeoisie,” and their burden is excessive taxation earmarked for un-Declarational and un-Constitutional redistribution to government-supported intellectuals and the new government-dependent “proletariat” in return for votes, because under Marxism the bourgeoisie and the proletariat must be unnaturally forced into economic equality regardless of creativity, effort and labor.
Karl Marx taught that this irrational and unnatural form of equality - equal outcome by pushing someone down - is “social justice,” an idea he picked up from Plato and the French Revolutionaries Jean Jacques Rousseau and Gracchus Babeuf.
“We claim to live and die equal, the way we were born: we want this real equality or death; that’s what we need. And we’ll have this real equality, at whatever price. Unhappy will be those who stand between it and us!...We need not only that equality of rights written into the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen; we want it in our midst, under the roofs of our houses… The French Revolution was nothing but a precursor of another revolution, one that will be bigger, more solemn, and which will be the last.” Gracchus Babeuf
Equality of outcome under Marxism always entails the use of excessive government force, and is thus incompatible with human liberty. Force will be used to unnaturally bring down hard-working middle class individuals and high-achieving entrepreneurs to the level of the lazy, self-centered so-called proletariat class. Force must be used to unnaturally bring down a high-achieving nation to the level of the socialist hell-holes of the world. Bear in mind that an unnatural use of force requires a superior class of not-to-be-equalized Marxist equalizers – a class superior in rights – superior before law – and superior themselves in social and economic (property) outcome - thus the defining Orwellian contradiction within Marxism – forced equality leads to even worse inequality. When Marxists and Socialists speak of equality (of outcome) you should understand its meaning in an Orwellian way - it is a lie - because the Marxists who forcefully socialize (collectivize) property end up with a lion’s share of property. In reality the dystopian Marxist dream of equal outcome turns out to be the nightmare of equal serfdom, except of course for the not-to-be-equalized Marxist elite and their favorites. So, in the end, in Orwellian fashion, Marxist equality results in inequality. The Orwellian paradox of forced equal outcome is unequal outcome.
“It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism. Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly. The so-called "abolition of private property" [Communist Manifesto] meant in effect the concentration of property in far fewer hands than before... In the years following the Revolution it [The Socialist Party of Oceania] was able to step into this commanding position almost un-opposed because the whole process was represented as an act of collectivization… It had always been assumed that if the Capitalist Class were expropriated Socialism must follow; and unquestionably the Capitalists had been expropriated. Factories, mines, land, houses, transport, everything had been taken away from them; and since these things were no longer private property it followed that they must be public property. Ingsoc [Socialist Principles of Oceania], which grew out of the earlier Socialist movement and inherited its phraseology, has in fact carried out the main item in the Socialist program with the result; foreseen and intended beforehand, that economic inequality has been made permanent.” George Orwell – 1984
Marxist equality was carefully analyzed by Igor Shafarevich and Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Soviet dissenters who directly witnessed the unjust Marxist system. They knew the smell of a corpse – they understood that Marxist equality is a lie. Shafarevich and Solzhenitsyn figured out that Marxist “equality” only applied to those below the Marxists - those who would form a vast underclass of forced labor - identical peons – leaving the Marxists themselves looming over the mass of mankind in a Marxist Oligarchy - the ultimate totalitarian system of social and property inequality.
“And even equality itself, that powerful appeal and great promise of socialists throughout the ages, turns out to signify not equality of rights, of opportunities, and of external conditions, but equality qua identity, equality seen as the movement of variety toward uniformity.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“The revolutionaries who drew up the Conspiracy of Equals understood equality in such a way that they alone formed the government, while others were to obey implicitly--and those who did not were to be exiled to certain islands for forced labor. In the most popular work of Marxism, the Communist Manifesto, one of the first measures of the new socialist system to be proposed is the introduction of compulsory labor... From this point of view, a puzzling and at first sight contradictory property of socialist doctrines becomes apparent. They proclaim the greatest possible equality, the destruction of hierarchy in society and at the same time a strict regimentation of all of life, which would be impossible without absolute control and an all-powerful bureaucracy which would engender an incomparably greater inequality.” Igor Shafarevich
C.S. Lewis also understood the tyranny of perverted (forced) equality of outcome – because someone very powerful – like a King or a Dictator – or a Marxist Oligarchy - must exist to enforce equal outcome. Marxists have always been willing and eager to “snick off” with their canes the more hard-working and successful - in order to force equality among the masses of inferior subjects.
“Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose… You are to use the word purely as an incantation; if you like, purely for its selling power. It is a name they venerate. And of course it is connected with the political ideal that men should be equally treated [equality before law which secures equal rights]. You then make a stealthy transition in their minds from this political ideal to a factual belief that all men are equal [in outcome – regardless of creativity and labor]… You remember how one of the Greek Dictators…sent an envoy to another Dictator to ask his advice about the principles of government. The second Dictator led the envoy into a field of grain, and there he snicked off with his cane the top of every stalk that rose an inch or so above the general level. The moral was plain. Allow no preeminence among your subjects. Let no man live who is wiser or better or more famous or even handsomer than the mass. Cut them all down to a level: all slaves, all ciphers, all nobodies. All equals.” C.S. Lewis – Screwtape Proposes a Toast
As George Orwell observed, Marxists are metaphorically the Pigs of Animal Farm – individuals who consider themselves “more equal than others.” The Marxist Pigs are enthralled with the idea of government (themselves) owning the fruit of the laboring “little animals” where all the eggs, apples, corn, etc. is collected. The fruit of the little animal’s labor is placed into a communal pot under exclusive control of the Marxist Pigs. The Pigs are in charge of the commune – and the communal property – they are the commune-ists. The Marxist Pigs, after gorging themselves with a lion’s share of communal food, require all the equalized little animals to approach their communal pot, tails wagging, in order to receive leftover rations. The “little animals” must lick the hand that feeds them. Pig (Marxist) government encourages the lazy proletariat animals to relax in the barn while the others work in the fields; with this they can set up a perverted form of “democracy.” The Pigs control all the property in the communal pot, so they are in a position to in effect steal property from the laboring animals (“from each according to his abilities”) and give to the lazy (“to each according to his needs”) in return for votes. The proletariat animals have unlimited needs, so the laboring middle class animals may be taxed without limit. The Marxist Pigs are the managers of this struggle between the working and lazy classes, and through vote-purchasing (votes purchased with stolen property) set up a self-perpetuating perverted form of “democracy” which keeps them in power. Karl Marx envisioned victory of the Marxist and proletariat classes over the middle class as winning “the battle of democracy.”
“We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the [non] working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.” Karl Marx
As in Animal Farm Marxism sets up an elite ruling class of self-serving, social-engineering “Philosopher Kings;” an unjust, tyranny-tilted governing system of unequal rights, whose features, along with Monarchy, Oligarchy or Fascism, our Founding Fathers have warned:
"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." Thomas Jefferson
Karl Marx agitated for totalitarian government power over the individual – where government - a small group of people after all - possesses a “right” to the fruit of the individual’s labor in the government’s pursuit of happiness – in violation of the Natural Law embedded in our Declaration of Independence. Marxist government empowered with this so-called “collectivist right” to individual property is reminiscent of the so-called “divine right” of Medieval Kings. Marxist Socialism is simply a modern form of Medieval Feudalism where Marxist collectivization of property (and thereby power) replaces the same collectivization by Medieval Kings, Princes, Bishops and Priests. Karl Marx did not believe in equality before life, liberty and property-securing law; that is the real social justice of equal unalienable human rights endowed to us by our Creator. Marxist “economic equality” requires a government immorally and unnaturally empowered to legally – and forcefully - take possession of individual private property through excessive taxation - government power which exceeds the limits of our Declaration - tyrannically infringing on the American worker’s unalienable right to the fruit of labor in pursuit of happiness – in violation of the working individual’s natural right to private property honestly earned through creative labor.
“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker; all the servants of one sovereign master, sent into the world by his order, and about his business; they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another's pleasure: and being furnished with like faculties, sharing all in one community of nature, there cannot be supposed any such subordination among us, that may authorize us to destroy one another, as if we were made for one another's uses, as the inferior ranks of creatures are for ours.” John Locke
“Though the earth, and all inferior creatures, be common to all men, yet every man has a property in his own person: this nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the state that nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his labour with, and joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property. It being by him removed from the common state nature hath placed it in, it hath by this labour something annexed to it, that excludes the common right of other men: for this labour being the unquestionable property of the labourer, no man but he can have a right to what that is once joined to, at least where there is enough, and as good, left in common for others.” John Locke
Abraham Lincoln understood that Natural Law is embedded in our American Declaration of Independence. Lincoln acknowledged the self-evident truth that each individual possess a natural God-given equal right to sacred liberty, and that each individual also possesses a natural God-given equal right to the fruit of his/her own labor in pursuit of happiness. Abraham Lincoln believed in the freedom “for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor,” not an un-American European Marxist system “for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor;” the same system that says “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.”
"With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny." Abraham Lincoln
“That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil [middle class] and earn bread, and I’ll eat it [Marxist and proletariat classes].’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race [or class] of men as an apology for enslaving another race [or class], it is the same tyrannical principle.” Abraham Lincoln
Marxist forced equal outcome - for the little people - requires the tyranny of unequal rights and leads to the Orwellian paradox of unequal outcome; thus Marxism is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a self-serving immorality posing as morality. Saul Alinsky, in reference to Marxist community organizing of the proletariat, advocated this immoral inversion of morality. Forced equal outcome is the Marxist passport of morality.
“Moral rationalization is indispensable to all kinds of action… All great leaders invoked ‘moral principles’ to cover naked self-interest in the clothing of ‘freedom,’ ‘equality of mankind,’ ‘a law higher than man-made law,’ and so on… All effective [despotic] actions require the passport of morality.” Saul Alinsky
Ultimately Marxism demands that truth must equal untruth by means of Orwellian “Newspeak” and “Doublethink,” or through the “Big Lie,” and in the end Theophobic Marxism unnaturally demands the equality of good and evil, because that is the ultimate inequality.
"There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality." Karl Marx
“Communism has never concealed the fact that it rejects all absolute concepts of morality. It scoffs at any consideration of "good" and "evil" as indisputable categories. Communism considers morality to be relative, to be a class matter. Depending upon circumstances and the political situation, any act, including murder, even the killing of thousands, could be good or could be bad.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Marxism requires an unnatural and despotic enforcement of equal outcomes - and is thereby in violation of the American Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution which lay out and ensure the natural enforcement of equal rights; thus Marxism is an anti-individual and anti-American system in all respects, and Karl Marx was the anti-Abraham Lincoln, the anti-Thomas Jefferson and the anti-John Locke. Our founding fathers understood that human liberty naturally results in economic inequality; and we know that human liberty also results in unequal numbers of sports teams at school, and unequal scores in games and on tests, because that is just human nature. What our founders desired and struggled for during our American Revolution, and what they devised with our Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights, was a system of government, not to despotically force economic or social equality, but to provide equality before law – law which secures rather than destroys our unalienable equal rights to life, liberty and fruit of labor in pursuit of happiness. There are those among us, primarily leaders of the Democratic Party (with some Republicans in tow), who aim for our transition from American Equality to Marxist Equality. This transition is already occurring, and if we allow it to continue, it will lead to economic ruin and further infringement and eventual destruction of our sacred human liberty and pursuit of happiness. Here in the United States this process may not transpire exactly as it occurred in the Soviet Union; but the end result could be similar. I believe the time has come for “We the People” to amend our Constitution with anti-Marxist law in order to prevent the American Revolution from devolving further into an American Marxist counter-revolution. Something along these lines would be helpful:
Section 1. The Declaration of Independence is the supreme un-amendable natural/moral law of the United States of America
Section 2. Term limits for Congress (shorter) and the Supreme Court (longer)
Section 3. Amendments XVI and XVII are hereby revoked
Section 4. Federal taxation shall not exceed 10% for any individual, nor shall Federal taxation exceed 10% of the nation's GDP. Federal taxation shall be a national sales tax.
Section 5. Federal income shall only consist of a maximum 10% domestic taxation as per Section 4 of this amendment, plus foreign tariffs, plus the sale of domestically purchased U.S. bonds by U.S. Citizens. Federal income shall not occur through borrowing, except for the sale of domestically purchased U.S. bonds by U.S. citizens; nor shall Federal income derive by fiat creation of money.
Section 6. Federal spending shall not exceed federal income except during wars declared by Congress under Article 1, Section 8.
Section 7. Article 1, Section 8 shall be changed to: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States, and provisions for general welfare shall be uniform throughout the United States and innumerated herein this Constitution; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and to regulate disputes of commerce among the several states..." Section 8. Supreme Court decisions shall be revoked by Congress with 2/3 or greater vote in both houses.
Ronald R. Cherry, MD