Speaking of anniversaries, February 21 is the anniversary of the publication, in 1848, of The Communist Manifesto, a book that brought nothing but evil and ruin into the world—a book that brought about, in the twentieth century, the political murder of 100 million unarmed civilians.
In the introduction, Marx and Engels in bold terms of menace declare war against the existing order:
A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of Communism. All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.,The beginning of the main text lays out the defining theme of leftism, that human society at its core is formed, not by cooperation, like-mindedness, and a shared love of the good, but by class division and oppression, and that the goal of politics is to end oppression by achieving, through revolution, the reign of perfect equality:
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.To attain the reign of equality, the root of oppression and inhumanity, which is private property, particularly in the form of the relation between employer and employee, entrepreneur and worker—must be eliminated.
The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It … has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment” … for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation….In their conclusion Marx and Engels call for the violent destruction of the social order of all nations:
In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.Let us not forgot that the left, now dominant throughout the Western world, still assiduously seek the same ultimate end that Marx and Engels sought 162 years ago, except that they do so not by revolution, but by gradual, non-violent, and, preferably (I’m thinking here of the Evan Bayh, phony center types), “non-partisan” means.