In the early 1800s, Karl Marx witnessed the growth of the industrial revolution and its accompanying labor issues with the working class.
Marx sought to quantify the value between labor, product, and the employer. He wanted a better world for the worker. Marx believed industrialists did not compensate their workers enough, and he wanted to influence a change for the better.
Marx avoids discussing the differences in people such as their ambitions, incentives, common sense, and imagination. Not everyone wants to manage a company. Many just want to work at a job and then leave it at the end of their shift. Marx wanted all the people in the world to share equally in the products and rewards of the world, regardless of their personality. And, in 1848, his “Manifesto of the Communist Party” was his blueprint. Marx gave his plan to the world, but its use has not resulted in the oft-sought utopia. Human nature and the natural laws of man seem to get in the way.
Alas, the seven deadly sins will always triumph. Just greed and envy are enough to thwart the concepts of Marx. Consider the development of man. Once man began to farm and build fences, the unscrupulous sought to take short cuts to success by taking what another had built. Greeks, Persians, Romans, and Vikings secured their place in history by conquering or simply raiding portions of the world. Rather than follow an example of success, warriors such as these conquered other people and took it from them.
On an aside: Invaders in the twenty-first century infiltrate countries as refugees or immigrants. For these invaders to be successful, their target country must cooperate and invite them in like vampires.
Human nature is fraught with impatience and an inclination towards self-pity all managed by personality traits. Personality develops within one’s immediate environment, culture, society, and with opportunity. For example, Jews, functioning as a parliamentary democracy in Israel following the edicts of their culture and society, had the opportunity to transform a desert into fertile productive land, and they succeeded. Conversely, politicians in Venezuela chose the path of communism and transformed a prosperous country into one besot with starvation and horror. Russian Bolsheviks in 1917 revolted, removed the Czar, and established the communist Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic. Although the USSR officially ended in 1991, the Russia that remains is still recovering. Europeans brought a Protestant work ethic, culture, and society to the shores of America and with that influence built cities and farms and established the United States of America. America has survived depressions, recessions, and the efforts of politicians to transform America into a Marxist society. The combination of free market business and republic governance makes America resilient and able to correct bad decisions.
Is it the rule books that matters? Jews follow the Talmud and the Torah, which is the basis for the Christian Bible. Russian Bolsheviks and Venezuelans followed the “Manifesto”. In 1776, the founding fathers in a Protestant America considered historical examples of governments and the moral teachings of the Bible to create a democratic republic under a strong Constitution of the United States with a Bill of Rights. They did not choose to establish a pure democracy, which can be threatened by mob psychology and a powerful small group.
Unscrupulous users of mob psychology take advantage of fake or fraudulent news sources to manipulate the nature of man. Recall those seven deadly sins and human nature and the influences of environment, culture, society, and opportunity. These culprits count on the nature of people. And billionaire globalist George Soros, using his fortune and the Open Society group, is a master. Because of political decisions and technological changes affecting the world today, jobs and prosperity have left many people at a disadvantage and thus easy prey for the likes of Soros and social justice warriors. Some people need only be told they have been wronged, and they will embrace that excuse without question. Go ahead and excuse personal responsibility. Oh, what a relief it is!
Soros, the media, and social justice warriors avoid public debate about the outcome of countries that tried communism. In the mid-nineteenth century, Marx is quick to talk problems and that workers are undervalued, and then proclaim collectivism is the solution, but he fails to discuss how it could play out with people in an actual setting. Progressives in America do the same. They want government to control business and provide basic needs for everyone but fail to prove a source for the money. As for outcome, we have dismal examples in Russia, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.
Before Marx wrote the “Manifesto”, there were examples in Africa. Many African nations were tribal. In a tribal setting, communism can work because it is a small number of people living in a subsistence setting. They know one another, and they share. In a nation of millions of people with many states with differing needs, sharing wealth, service, and production equally is much more complicated. Rather than a tribal king, a nation of millions functioning as a collective will have many “sheriffs” collecting revenues to redistribute. Greed and envy usher in graft and self-indulgence. It is natural, and the utopia of Marx suddenly looks like the old feudal state where the lord is in control of money, food, shelter, health, education, welfare, and defense. But the subject is not responsible and has no need for ambition, incentive, common sense, or imagination. In fact, any of those personality traits could get the individual in the cross hairs of the ruling class. Ideas might conflict with their plan.
In a free market society governed by a democratic republic, or a parliamentary democracy, monopolies and big business work in the open and problems can be averted, albeit sometimes a bit late. Monopolies and big businesses such as Google, Amazon, and Apple can become a problem. But these successful enterprises, the people with whom they do business, and the government are all responsible for the outcome. In America, we are all responsible for the condition of our country. Yes, politicians and businesses have seized opportunity, or led us down a bad path, but community by community, we have to participate to keep them honest. Participation is more important than ever today because technological opportunity is advancing more rapidly than ever before; it is exponentially mindboggling. With those vast changes will come new frontiers — new frontiers that we need to recognize and manage as opportunities and/or problems.
Germany’s Marshal Paul von Hindenburg explains in his autobiography, “Out of My Life”, to the people of Germany after World War I, “If we do not soon create new educative forces, if we continue to exhaust the spiritual and moral soil of our nation as we have done hitherto, we shall soon convert the foundations of political existence to a barren waste!” Morality does matter. Recognize personal despair and media shock and awe for what it is, then return, return to moral integrity. Recognize the evil and do not tolerate it. Recognize the good; then embrace and promote it.