Karl MarxKarl Marx, (1818-1883) Prussian-born philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist, father of Communism, co-author of the 'Communist Manifesto'

Infamous Karl Marx Quote

“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 the property of all emigrants and rebels. 5. Centralization of credit in the banks 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; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. 8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country. 10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.”

Karl MarxKarl Marx
~ Karl Marx

Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1848, Marx/Engels

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

The only difference in America is that they had\have to get rid of the massive industrial base to weaken us. A service economy won't protect us in time of war or depression.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Marx also said that these planks will be established within each country differently than another. No two country's governments will establish communism in the same way. Just because we don't have the same form of communism as other countries, its irrelevant; the fact that every plank has been established in the United States, in some form or another, is enough for every American to become very, very, very concerned.

Joe, Rochester, MI

What, Rosenthal? You mean you DON'T want the gov't to control everything? You want to own your land? You don't want to pay high taxes? You don't want free education? But you LOVE socialism ... don't you? Collective socialist quotes like this are easy to reject, aren't they? Yet it's so easy to agree with small violations of our Constitution, like "reasonable" gun control ... isn't it? After all, it's so "reasonable" ... socialist and unconstitutional, but "reasonable," right?

Mike, Mount Holly, NC

The Left's 10 Commandments.

E Archer, NYC

My estimate is that the US and Canada have implemented at least 75% of these principles. The US is actually moving towards fascism, however, which is a brand of socialism in which big business and goverrnment monopolize trade -- the final corruption of capitalism and the end of 'free trade' and 'private enterprise.' Mussolini called it 'corporatism.'

Chris Cantrell, SE Wisconsin

I am giving this quote a 5* based on it's historical impact and social value, not based on MY moral judgement. People raised in a capitalist police state can be so opinionated. FYI Private corporations and private businesses own 99% of all farms, factories, lines of communication, means of banking, etc. You will notice, instead, that the U.S. Federal Government and affiliated agencies, like the FDA, serve to regulate and control these industries. Oh, by the way, public schools in the U.S. are not free or cheap, but paid for by the public. Hell, I remember paying an enrollment fee for public grade school. Also, the education is not anywhere near combined with production. So, please, think before you speak and judge.

zeitgeist, la crescenta, ca

I think more people in this country should be made very, very aware of these principals. It might awaken them to what has been going on for some time. Under the current situation regarding the banking system - even though this has been apparent to many for a number of years - plank #5 should be rather striking and be more conspicuous than it would be otherwise. BTW, it should read, 'Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, ...'. A thumbs down for obvious reasons, however, 5* for bringing forth an important document that could give greater consciousness to folks and guidance toward what not to do.

J. B. Wulff, Bristol

I don't agree with the idea of Socialism. I give this 5 stars simply because it lays out the intent of that evil "ism." What disturbs me is how far down that road we have already gone, and the aim of our current President to move us much further. Too few Americans appreciate the fact that America is an experiment in progress. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address includes the words, "...testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." It is important that we pay attention to what is going on.

J Carlton, Calgary

If you'd like to see how these are being applied in America, here's one explanation...http://www.libertyzone.com/Communist-Manifesto-Planks.html

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AL, DC    4/20/09

Under Communism there is the abolition of the "State". When will we get to see this! With the amount of unemployment I do not see "industrial armies" being created here in the United States. All of our national productive industries have been destroyed. A NATION OF SERFS! I agree with E Archer of NYC: it is Corporate-Fascism that is being born here in the U. S. There is no plan to nationalize any banks; in fact the opposite is happening with large PRIVATE frims being re-financed with PUBLIC dollars. Moreover, the elites are organizing an international currency that will replace national currencies like our own dollar. The British agent Karl Marx would be amused at how distorted many people view his "words".

warren, olathe

I think the quote is great but the author, I am pretty sure, was Obama. Not too big of a mistake, an easy one to make.

Waffler, Smith

The fact that we still study and read Marx would seem to say that he was some kind of stalwart in economic history. Many of his "reforms" have been undertaken around the world. Mexico had land reforms I believe before and after Marx, where little people were able to get some part of the land that the Europeans stole when they came there. The slave farms of the south went into share cropping etcetera. We have changed in America where the work force has been swelled by women, they use to stay at home. Now they are not forced or obligated but work is an ennobling activity and people get pleasure from achieving something through work. Child labor laws have enhanced the lives of children in America. So no one is perfect, all good or all evil. Don't read Marx from an ad hominem attitude but read and understand him give him the same degree of respect (even if you disagree) you want for your own opinions and see what it is he had to say.

proletariatman, gulag101

Welcome, comrade Waffler, to the USSA!

J Carlton, Calgary

Al from DC. The banks are already nationalized and have been since the creation of the Fed.

Cheyute, Holladay, UT

It's easy to fixate on the "tax the people" part of the quote, and select that as how this country is turning into a Marxist state, but the other items, like free public school and a public transport system have been services that are considered positive in our capitalist system. Let's not forget that without deregulation and gratuitous war, we wouldn't need to make the corrections we have been forced to make

Waffler, Smith

Is your mother or father a communist when they tell you to get a job. Are you a communist when you expect people to work for a living? Are you a communist when you are against child labor, prostitution etcetera? In value system it seems like Marx had some good ideas or at least stole and advanced some good ideas.

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AL, DC    4/21/09

J Carlton: the FED is a private cartel! It does not conform to Article 1 section 8 of our US Constitution

E Archer, NYC

AL & J Carlton, more accurately the private banking cartel has 'nationalized' the federal government. Waffler never ceases to ignore the difference between a person choosing their own way and having their way chosen for them. The State produces nothing -- it only takes from the productive. People work for a living because of their own interest to do so, not because they would be arrested or forced to do so -- the only people that need to be forced to work are those receiving government subsidies. Yes, we need education, and as knowledge is power, we should make sure that the powerful do not dictate how much we are allowed to learn or to require compulsory 'socialization' of children and call it 'education.' But here is the crux: in a communist/socialist/nationalist/collectivist society, the people are ruled by a ruling class thus they need to be kept docile and obedient -- their rights are dictated to them in the form of compulsory duties to the ruling class. In a free society, the people's rights are inherent -- they are not granted by anyone, nor can they be taken away -- the government is subservient to the people who chartered it, and as no man may rule another, so the government may not rule over us -- if anything, the Constitution is to set LIMITS to what the government may do, not limits of the people in what they may do. Justice is the making of amends for violations of our rights. The collectivist mindset is that of a permanent child kept in a comfortable ignorance while the individualist mindset is that of the journeyman, like a mother bear protecting her cubs, like a parent taking care of his children -- the point is to GROW UP and be self-reliant. The collectivist has trouble understanding that because he is not used to thinking but obeying and worshipping the powers that allow him to live comfortably -- that is as long as he does not challenge the ruling class and establishment. And if you are real good, they will let you tell others what to do, too -- and give you a gun.


now we see that we sit on the very edge of communism, and we have the leaders in office that are finishing us off, and what are we doing? marching? tea parties? while they so arrogantly destroy us from the inside out! i believe its time to repent of our laziness, our idolatry, our sexual fornications, our rejection of morality, and our baby killing, and ask our LORD to return to us and defeat our enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC!

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Anon    4/24/09

David, Machias---I agree with all that you say with one minor difference. The ability God gave us to to create as close to heaven on earth as physically possible has been tweaked by religion so as to allow evil to continue by sitting back and waiting for God to save us. By this, people close their eyes to pray rather than open them and speak against the rulers of darkness and so the path to hell continues. This is why the believers in whatever their religion professes will do nothing but sit and watch. The excuse is that God will save us and so it is ok to pray to God on the one hand but OBEY mammon on the other. This is serving 2 masters and the excuse for accepting the mark (in whatever form it now exists or whatever form to come) is just what the rulers of darkness hope for and plan on. Pacifism is the name of the game as long as the fence which most sit on continues to stand and the side of God and what is good doesn't interfere with the side of the ruling mammon too much. The day will come when the choice of who one will serve will be apparent even if it is to serve the truth of His laws or the lies of man's law. Then the fence will come down and I believe that when that day comes, if not all at once but individually person by person, many who lived by both sides of the fence will face themselves and if God doesn't pass judgement individuals will be forced to by God's laws of nature. Avoidance of the truth will not be an option. The thumbs down is for the man made ideas contained within the quote that abrogate the laws of nature and nature's God.

peter, london

Since states only exist to regulate class conflict, the state will thereafter be redundant and will wither away. KM

Chris, Kentucky

Karl Marx was FOR free trade. Why? This weakens the strong nations and makes the weak nations strong. Mercantilism/Protectionism like we practiced in the 1800's and especially before 1974 is what makes a country's economy successful for rich and poor alike.

Mike, USA
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Mike, USA    3/5/13

Folks...you have to take these quotes (right or wrong) in the proper CONTEXT. Sure, in modern capitalist America its absurd to even consider abolition of private property, but you have to remember that Marx and the people he represented were the oppressed and exploited by a corrupt system of that TIME and ERA and this was the backlash to that. A history of the noble and the wealthy owning their labor as so much chattel and treating them as such. Serfdom, ownership of people through debt, absolute monarchical rule and its centralization of power within the select members of a privileged "family" was at the core of what Marx was railing against. Monarchical centralization of power through THEIR ownership of property and capital was a real problem for the working class, if you don't know that you don't have any inkling of history.

As for the bitching and moaning about how this is word for word our "president" or "the direction of our country"....Prove it. Show us credible and reliable resources that prove beyond a shadow of doubt that your allegations are true, otherwise it's so much nutjob right-wing froth.

If ANYTHING, our country has evidenced more aspects of Fascism than Communism. And we have POSITIVE elements of Socialism (DIFFERENT than Pure Communism) in our country that we ALL benefit from. Education, public works, communication (phone and Internet), emergency services, police, military....and many more examples.

J Carlton, Calgary

Al, DC...you put that one in perspective and I stand corrected.
Archer nailed it when he said the banking cartel nationalized the nation. Spot on. Abolish the Fed.

Mike, Norwalk

Mike, USA - both fascism and communism are socialism - with differing administrative means. Communism owns and controls everything in its own collective name. Fascism / corporatism is socialism administered through commercial structures such as corporations and LLCs. (corporations image the bifurcation of private trusts - there is a day to day operation / legal position and there is the owner (often referenced as the beneficial owner) - LLCs image a private partnership with the additional separate legal person status for liability purposes) Fascism simply administrates aspects of socialism (such as communism's 10 planks) through corporatism.


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