I’ve gotta say, so far this has been the most disappointing read of the year. I wish I had more to say about it than that, but “DISAPPOINTMENT” pretty much sums it up.
The repulsion I feel for the Communist Movement and their founding document is not because of the Red Scare that my parents and grandparents lived through, nor is it primarily because of my conservative nature. It stems from two main ideas in the Manifesto itself.
The first is that anyone who has any power or influence or ideas that make them successful must be wrong and must be considered the enemy. From the Manifesto: “Law, morality, religion are [considered by the Communist to be] bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush so many bourgeois interests.” If you are successful, you are prejudiced.
What’s really interesting is the way that ideology pervades today’s American culture. If a woman doesn’t get a job, it’s because the men want to ‘keep her in her place’. If a black teenager is shot when he assaults an armed man, then ‘self-defense’ isn’t the issue brought to the table; it’s the boy’s race. “Law is a bourgeois prejudice,” say the Communists, and many of today’s Americans. I think it’s a dangerous thing to believe that law, morality, and religion are only meant to keep people from becoming successful, but we’re seeing more and more Americans in power who have that kind of thought.
Along the same line is one of the closing statements that reads, “Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.” That’s not a stable way to think. That’s not a stable way to work.
What if the existing order is equal? What if the proletariat has succeeded in becoming equal to the bourgeoise? What if a society gets to a point where nobody breaks any rules, because nobody makes any rules?
What if women are given all the same opportunities as men? According to their Manifesto, the communists should rise up against the existing social order of equality. That’s an unsustainable ideology, unless you want to sustain constant revolution. But once you establish revolution as the norm, revolution must cease.
Communism is a bad idea. Not in the ‘no, you shouldn’t do that’ sense, but rather in the ‘that idea will implode and destroy itself’ kind of way.
In any case, my other problem with Communism, and its Manifesto is that, inherent in the attacks on the existing society, they propose the abolition of the family. I understand that the family is not the way it once was; it is changing, and to reverse that course is nigh impossible. But the problem with the Communist’s idea is that they want to completely abolish the most basic productive unit of the world. My family is everything to me.
My wife is pregnant with a little baby that is half of each of us. We went to the doctor and heart a little motor boat of a heartbeat yesterday, and it is painful to think that a society (or contradictory lack thereof) could exist where my wife would suffer through those 9 months of sickness and fatigue, and then have that little child taken away, because it doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the community.
The reason I think Communism has never succeeded is not tied to money or capital gain. Societies have done away with money and sustained themselves for a time. Societies have done away with law and have fallen into ruin, but hey, they tried it.
I think when people discover that their beloved Communism threatens and vows to destroy their beloved family, they recoil and withdraw their support.
‘Imagine no possessions’ does sound like a great idea, but if ‘Imagine no families, no sons or daughters, or fathers or mothers, or wives or husbands’ is part of the bundle, then Communism is not for me, and I am not sorry.
I do recommend reading The Communist Manifesto. Know thy enemy.