Paul Kengor: Abolition of Private Property Is at the Core of Communism
To define communism in a sentence it is best to use original words by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who wrote that communist doctrine can be summarized as the abolition of private property Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College, told The Epoch Times in an interview.
“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property,” Marx and Engels, the founders of the communist doctrine, wrote in The Communist Manifesto, a book that forms the basis for communism.
Abolishing private property can only be possible through a war, Kengor said, because private property is “a basic Judeo-Christian law, natural rights, biblical rights: thou shalt not steal. I mean from the cave to the courthouse the right to own property is fundamental to human nature let alone any operating economy anywhere.”
“To abolish private property you’re going to have a war on your hands, you’re going to need guns, you’re going to need gulags,” Kengor said on Epoch Times’ Crossroads program. Therefore communists killed 100 million people to abolish private property, he added.
Some conservatives talk about “how communism distorts markets” and conclude that “communism economically doesn’t work,” Kengor said clarifying that “communism doesn’t work because it’s evil, it’s diabolical.”
WEF Predicts Abolition of Private Property in 2030
The World Economic Forum (WEF) predicted that in 2030 people will own nothing and “all products will have become services,” according to the organization’s 8 predictions for the world in 2030.
Ida Auken, a Danish Parliament Member, and a WEF’s young leader wrote for the WEF about her vision of life in 2030, “I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.”
“Everything you considered a product, has now become a service,” Auken continued.
“Once in awhile [sic], I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. No [sic] where I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me,” Auken said but added, “All in all, it is a good life.”
Dr. Antony Mueller, a German professor of economics, wrote for the Mises Institute, “If the WEF projection should come true, people would have to rent and borrow their necessities from the state, which would be the sole proprietor of all goods. The supply of goods would be rationed in line with a social credit points system.”
The Communist Manifesto also demands the abolition of all religions, all morality, and the abolition of the family, Kengor said.
Marx and Engels call in the Manifesto for ”Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.”
“On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. … [But the family is practically absent] among the proletarians, and in public prostitution,” Marx and Engels explained in the Manifesto.
Marx considered religion to be “the opiate of the masses,” wanted to abolish all religion, and stated that ”communism begins where atheism begins,” Kengor said.
However, Marx himself was not an atheist. Kengor talked about little known facts that Marx wrote about the devil in his chilling and frightening poems and plays citing a stanza from Marx’s poem “The Pale Maiden” written in 1837:
Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well.
My soul, once true to God, is chosen for Hell.
Kengor believes that this strophe ”is partly autobiographical because his soul was once true to God.”
Look now, my blood-dark sword shall stab
Unerringly within thy soul.
God neither knows nor honors art.
The hellish vapors rise and fill the brain.
Till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed.
See this sword–the Prince of Darkness sold it to me.
For he beats the time and gives the signs.
Ever more boldly I play the dance of death.
Kengor commented on the last verse, “what more was communism but kind of a dance of death. I mean you can’t find any ideology in all of history that was responsible for as many deaths as communism: at least 100 million in the last century alone.”
Abolishing of private property and all religion are not the only destructive goals that communists seek. Kengor pointed out what Marx and Engels wrote at the end of The Communist Manifesto: “They [the Communists] openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”
“Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things,” and this is why communists are behind the movement to tear down statues of historical figures such as Saint Junipero Serra, founder of the California missions, or Christopher Columbus, Kengor said.
“This is a very radical destructive ideology,” he added.
Advice to Communism Supporters
Protestors gather in front of Lausanne’s main train station, where a multitudinary demonstration against climate change kicked off on January 17, 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The protest is taking place ahead of the upcoming annual gathering of world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum. (Ronald Patrick/Getty Images)
Communism has been so redefined today to look like socialism or democratic socialism, but “according to Marx and Engels, socialism was the final transitionary step to communism,” Kengor explained.
Communists and socialists say all the time that “communism is a pretty good idea if you just read the book. It hasn’t been applied correctly yet,” Kengor said.
He advised reading a 10-point plan laid out by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto which not only calls for the abolition of private property but also for the abolition of the right of inheritance and more equal distribution of population across the countryside. This means that communists seek not only redistribution of people’s money and property but also the forcible relocation of people, Kengor continued.
To understand why communism is an “utterly destructive ideology that doesn’t work“ people need to read books about it including The Communist Manifesto, Kengor said.
There are many advocating communism and socialism. Therefore Kengor wrote the book “The Devil and Karl Marx” to help people understand “how incendiary destructive and in some cases diabolical“ communism is.
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