It appears that some of our statist friends are offended by some of my recent terminology. After Under the Dome referenced my rebuttal to an article by the Budget & Tax Center, there was some focus on my descriptive phrase, “The North Carolina Budget & Tax Center, an outfit driven by Marxist ideology.”
There was an accusation of ad hominem and ad populum attacks. The descriptive phrase was actually intended to provide readers who were unfamiliar with BTC with some background information about the organization and their ideological motivations. Just as Civitas is described as a “conservative” organization.
I suppose the objection comes from their beleif that “Marxist ideology” is not an accurate description driving their vision for how best to organize society. So, just to clear the air, let’s examine the 10 planks in Marx’s Communist Manifesto – I’d say a fair summation of the primary objectives of “Marxist ideology.” (For an entertaining and insightful analysis, see this article.)
Spending a few minutes on their website – along with their sister organization NC Policy Watch and parent organization NC Justice Center – turns up some striking similarities. (To be fair, if BTC disagrees with Policy Watch or Justice Center on any of these issues, I’d love to hear from you)
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. From BTC: “Local governments should focus on land-based taxes and fees as the primary means by which to generate new revenue for transportation.”
- A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. From BTC: “Maintain primary reliance on progressive income tax”
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance. From BTC: “North Carolina’s state leaders had the wisdom and the courage to maintain a state estate tax.”
- Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. (do you oppose the taking of property or money from lawbreakers?)
- Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. (do you oppose the Federal Reserve? do you oppose government taking over more of the banking industry through more regulation?)
- Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state. From BTC’s sister organization, NC Policy Watch: “Roads –N.C. DOT may be flawed, but imagine if streets were owned by Halliburton” “The U.S. Postal Service – Amazingly cheap and effective”
- 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. More from Policy Watch: “Public water and sewer services — No privies or polluted wells for me”
- Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies (i.e. unions), especially for agriculture. (addition mine). From BTC: Repeal the prohibition on collective bargaining for public employees
- 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. (hmm, ‘equable distribution of the populace’ -can you say Smart Growth?) from Policy Watch: “we have GOT to start rethinking from 20 year-old plans to build endless sprawlways and get serious about things like smart growth”
- 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. From Policy Watch: “Universal public education – At the heart of our success as a democracy”
8 out of 10 in just a few minutes time. If BTC has produced any material opposing any of the 10 planks from the Manifesto, I encourage them to forward it to me.