Who was Karl Marx? Karl Marx was born in Trier, Germany in 1818, and died in 1883 in London, England. He was married to Jenny von Westphalen for 38 years(1843-1881), and had 6 children; including one by his housekeeper. He is known to be a political theorist, economist, and sociologist. Although he did not invent Communism, he is most famous for making Communism acceptable to the world in works like, ‘The Communist Manifesto’ and ‘Das Kapital’.
What was Marx’s philosophy? “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle…” In other words, he believed that workers (proletariat) are exploited by capitalists (bourgeoisie), and the only way to right this wrong is through revolution, i.e.violence. The nations that have implemented his ideas are Russia under Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin; China under Mao Zedong; North Korea under Kim Jung-un; Cuba under Fidel Castro; along with other nations like Vietnam, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Zimbabwe for starters.
In reality, no nation has ever benefited from implementing Marxism. Since 1917, and the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, Communism is responsible for the murder of upwards of 150 million people*. “Wherever Marxism goes, economic collapse, terror, and famine follow”.** I repeat, there are no exceptions to this fact!!!
Following are the ‘million dollar’ questions:
1.What does Karl Marx have to do with Black Lives Matter?
2.How does Marxism help make Black lives better?
BLM’s Patrisse Cullors*** declared:
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. ”
It is obvious from this statement that Cullors’ Marxism plays a major role in her understanding of how to help Black people. Well, let’s do some investigating to find out just how and if her “training” in Marxism/Communism helps Black people!
Following is Marx’s “10-point plan” :
1.Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2.A heavy progressive or graduated income tax
3.Abolition of all rights of inheritance
4.Confiscation of all property of emigrants and rebels.
5.Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6.Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state
7.Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8.Equal obligation of all to work
9….gradual abolition of all distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
10.Free education for all children in public schools.
Let’s do a little examination. To begin…there is not one point on Marx’s list that is Biblical/godly!
1.Property. The Bible teaches private/personal land and property ownership. As part of the Adamic covenant (Gen1:26-28), humans are commanded to own land. In other words, the word “dominion” (Gen1:28) cannot be obeyed without owning land. As a matter of fact, if one takes dominion over unowned land, it’s called theft(Ex20:15). (See also Deut8:18; Jer29:28)
2.Taxes. The Bible declares 10% tax tyranny (1Sam8:15), let alone “a heavy graduated tax.”
3.Inheritance. We are commanded to leave in inheritance to our children (Pro13:22)
4.Confiscation. While it is possible to confiscate land and property without violating the law, it is extremely risky. This practice under Communist has only led to theft, often leaving the people: i.unlawfully imprisoned, ii.enslaved, or iii.dead i.e.murdered (Ex20:13)
5.Credit. Centralization leads to big government, which the Bible prohibits (1Sam8).
6.Communication & Transportation. To centralize communication and/or transportation ‘IS’ slavery. It rejects free speech (Gal5:1,13,1Pet2:16; Ps140:11); and destroys movement, which hinders prosperity.
7.State ownership is i.big government(rejected in 1Sam8) and ii.removes business from the hands of private citizens (Lu19:13-“occupy” means business; Deut8)
8.Work obligation. This promotes slavery. The government cannot mandate where, what, who, how, or when, or how much you work (Gal5:1,13). This destroys individual freedom.
9.Abolition between town and country. This means government controls where you live, locating you where they see best. Once again, this ‘IS’ slavery. Gen1:26-28 encourages dominion over the earth, not humanity.
10.Free education. ‘There are no free lunches!’ Only total government control allows for free education. When government controls information, the only result is propaganda and atheism (Rom1:18-“suppress”; Ex20:16; Rom9:1; Col3:9).
Now let’s return to BLM. Earlier this year, Patrice Cullors purchased 4 homes with earnings presumably from Black Lives Matters! Compare this behavior with the first of Marxism’s 10 point-plan: prohibit property ownership. In all honesty, I have no problem with any number of houses Patrisse Cullors chooses to own, that’s her personal business, and the Bible does not prohibit the number of houses any one person can own; however, what I do have a problem with is her owning houses…in America:
i.which she calls racist
ii.where she contends White people irredeemably oppress Black
iii.when her ‘Marxist training’ forbids ownership of all private
property and land!
In conclusion, it is obvious that Marx’s 10-point plan can never help Black people…or any people, as the previously mentioned countries testify! And it is just as obvious that America’s free-market system, aka Capitalism—which by the way, Karl Marx despised--helped Patrisse Cullors own 4 homes, which is directly contradictory to her Marxist training!
There is a word for this kind of behavior: HYPOCRITE!
*‘Death by Government’ by RJ Rummel
**Paul Kengor, author of ‘Marx and the Devil’
***The “We” in Cullors’ statement refers to Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, the creators of BLM.
****As far as I have read, at least a couple of her homes are in all White areas!!!!
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.
-STEPHEN R. COVEY, Leadership consultant