“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” — Vladimir Lenin
I have decided that I must have a “lens” to properly examine the politics and culture of our times. I am very fond of my distant cousin Thomas Jefferson and all of Our Founding Fathers. That would seem to be the obvious choice of those who are passionate patriots and supporters of our Nation, our Constitution and our foundational Judeo-Christian beliefs. “Lens” considered and cast aside. It would be difficult and quite the stretch to use the writers of our Founding documents to understand those who would shred the Constitution, create economic chaos, and trample the religious rights of the citizens of this nation.
Then there was my epiphany of the day. Today I was researching in order to verify if the quote ““..socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state” was actually made by Vladimir Lenin. There was the “lens” right in front of my very eyes. When I find the current news of politics and culture disturbing, I will seek enlightenment through a selected quote of Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx, or both. I shall begin my post with a “lens” of Vladimir Lenin or Karl Marx. That will allow us to clearly focus on what is going on in front of our eyes.
Considering the Lenin quote above realize that some try to define bourgeoisie as strictly being the “middle class.” Vladimir Lenin saw two classes in society the bourgeoisie (those who have property) and the proletariat (those who have no property). Let me clarify that the preceding was my simplification for the sake of argument. Lenin’s view of Russia limited the proletariat to those who labored in factories. Perhaps those definitions are a little rough around the edges given today’s circumstances. Government assistance can provide all with property without the indignity of actually working in a factory or joining the labor force in any capacity.
Karl Marx additionally categorized the lumpenproletariat as those workers marginally employed, or, unemployed, beggars, criminals, or paupers. Food stamps are a carte blanche entry document for this class in today’s America. The real growth class in America today is the lumpenproletariat.
Lenin’s quote as a “lens” offers a clearer view and understanding of what this article is all about, Examiner Editorial: If top 5% paid 40% of taxes, what is their ‘fair’ share? America beware of going after the pseudo-intellectual progressive liberal mindless twits’ favorite straw man, “the people who make over $250,000 a year.” You will begin to understand the invisible tie that binds our American middle class to that straw man when that tie pulls you into the millstone right behind them. Poverty is so much easier to manage for evil means than citizens with financial resources.
Would it be possible to look to Karl Marx for hope and comfort as ironic as that may sound?
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. — Karl Marx
America did you fail to take notice of the tragedy of tens of millions consumed by communism and its multitude of failures in the Twentieth Century? I pray not. It will be a blessing indeed, if it is only a farce that we are facing politically today. It will be an additional blessing if the farce does not turn lethal on us.