The Founders of Socialism

The Founders of Socialism

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Karl Marx

My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.

The goal of socialism is communism.

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.   

Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled.

Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom—and no one would have noticed.

In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor,

and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished;

after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual,

after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want;

and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly

—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

Friedrich Engels

All history has been a history of class struggle between dominated classes at various stages of social development.

The state is nothing but an instrument of oppression of one class by another —no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.

Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.

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Vladimir Lenin

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.  

Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

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Joseph Stalin

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.

Divide the world into regional groups as a transitional stage to world government. Populations will more readily abandon their national loyalty to a vague regional loyalty than they will for a world authority.

Later the regions can be brought together all the way into a single world dictatorship.

By May 1, 1937, there should not be one single church left within the borders of Soviet Russia, and the idea of God will have been banished from the Soviet Union as a remnant of the Middle Ages, which has been used for the purpose of oppressing the working classes.

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Leon Trotsky

The theory of the permanent revolution, in contradiction to the theory of socialism in one country, was recognized by the entire Bolshevik party during the period from 1917 to 1923.

All the parties of capitalist society, all its moralists and all its sycophants will perish beneath the debris of the impending catastrophe. The only party that will survive is the party of the world Soviet revolution.

We must rid ourselves once and for all of the Quaker-Papist babble about the sanctity of human life.

Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction.

If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement.

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Adolph Hitler

Basically National Socialism and Marxism are the same thing.

Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state.

When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.

He alone, who owns the youth, owns the future.

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.

To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.

The day of individual happiness has passed.

What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.

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Joseph Goebbels

What does Christianity mean today? National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place.

We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon National Socialism will be the religion of all Germans. My party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.

The war we are fighting until victory or the bitter end is in its deepest sense a war between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate.

It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.  

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.

Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.

To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.

As socialists, we are opponents of the Jews, because we see in the Hebrews the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of the nation’s goods.

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Antonio Gramsci

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. . . . In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.

“What comes to pass does so, not so much because people want it to happen, as because the mass of citizens abdicate their responsibility and let things be.”

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Nikita Krushev

“Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; WE’LL SO WEAKEN YOUR ECONOMY, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

Mao Zedong: introduces the communist state to China in 1949

Mao Tse Tung

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.

When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.

Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.

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Fidel Castro

A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.

I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating . . . Because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.

Che Guevara

A country that does not know how to read and write is easy to deceive.

The basic clay of our work is the youth; we place our hope in it and prepare it to take the banner from our hands.

Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals.

I’d like to confess . . . I discovered that I really like killing.

Pol Pot

He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.

Better to kill an innocent by mistake than spare an enemy by mistake.

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John Dewey

Schools should take an active part in directing social change, and share in the construction of a new social order.

There is no god and there is no soul. Hence, there is no need for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, the immutable truth is dead and buried. There is no room for fixed or natural law or permanent moral absolutes.

Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinski

Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, to create confusion and inoculate voters against evidence of your guilt.

Never let a crisis go to waste.

Control healthcare and you control the people.

A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists.

From this, he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.

The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems, and organizations must be based on many issues. The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression.

He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.

True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. And it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

“When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean this: If you really don’t know history, you are a victim of whatever the authorities tell you. You have no way of checking up on them. You have no way of deciding whether there is any truth in what they are saying.

George Orwell said, “Whoever controls the past controls the future,” by which he meant that history is incredibly important in shaping the world view of the next generation of people.

“Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes.”

“If we have learned anything in the past ten years, it is that these lovely things about America were never lovely. We have been expansionist and aggressive and mean to other people from the beginning. And we’ve been aggressive and mean to people in this country, and we’ve allocated the wealth of this country in a very unjust way.

“We’ve never had justice in our courts for the poor people, for black people, for radicals. Now how can we boast that America is a very special place? It’s not that special. It really isn’t.”

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Xi Jinping

Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and beliefs had been shaken.

To dismiss the history of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Communist Party, to dismiss Lenin and Stalin, and to dismiss everything else is to engage in historic nihilism, and it confuses our thoughts and undermines the party’s organizations on all levels.

All work of the party’s news and public opinion media must reflect the will of the party, mirror the views of the party, preserve the authority of the party, preserve the unity of the party, and achieve love of the party, protection of the party and acting for the party [and must maintain] a high level of uniformity with the party in ideology, politics and action

China’s headlong plunge into capitalism over the past 40 years was not a repudiation of the Communist Party’s founding ideology, but something possible only because of it.

Kim Jong Un

The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.

The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapon; a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.

Our republic is a responsible nuclear state that, as we made clear before, will not use nuclear weapons first unless aggressive hostile forces use nuclear weapons to invade our sovereignty.

Our cause is just, and the might of Korea that is united with truth is infinite.

Nicolas Maduro

The Venezuelan people will never abandon the ideals President Chavez gave us. Modestly, we contribute to ensure the stability of the region.

Fidel Castro represents the dignity of the South American continent against empires. He’s a living legend: an icon of independence and freedom across the continent.

Venezuelans have a long history. If we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other. From here were born the liberators of the region, and they said before and after that process we have a culture of political despair. That’s the image to abroad.

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