Monday, September 12, 2005

Communism Vs. Hippyism

While I was discussing Fitch's latest Hippies and Communism post with my hopefully soon to be shack up girlfriend, Jessinunu, she told me I was reading things that aren't there into the song "Imagine." So I composed an e-mail that I thought illustrated the connection between the song "Imagine" and communism. Here is the text of that e-mail:

Marx's Ten Planks for the establishment of a communist state.

-Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

-A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

-Abolition of all right of inheritance.

-Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

-Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

-Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

-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.

-Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

-Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of population over the country.

-Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

"Imagine no possessions"

...And I bring you an excerpt from The Communist Manifesto:

"The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only:

(1) In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality.

(2) In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.

The Communists, therefore, are on the one hand practically, the most advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country, that section which pushes forward all others; on the other hand, theoretically, they have over the great mass of the proletariat the advantage of clearly understanding the lines of march, the conditions, and the ultimate general results of the proletarian movement."

"Imagine there's no countries"

Now the lyrics to "Imagine"

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

written by: John Lennon
© Bag productions

Now what's the difference?

Now Fitch, I got this just for you. It's the last line of the Communist Manifesto:

The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.

Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.

If you ask me, this is precisely why the hippies are anti-war. They want someone else to overthrow our government so they can hold on to their high ideals and not dirty their own hands with the business of fighting for what they believe. They are, at their very core, cowards. The Communist movement in itself is an act of cowardice. It stems from the fear that oneself as an individual is not capable of providing the things that one may need to have a decent life.

As far as Disdain to concealing their views, the communists in this country have to conceal their views because communism in this country is still a dirty word. That's why they had to hijack the Democratic Party. In my ever so humble opinion, a turd by any other name still smells like S#!t.

[Note: All this has been reproduced without permission from anybody]