April 20, 2005

Workers of all countries unite!

Thought it might be interesting in the current political climate for you all to look over another famous set of manifesto pledges.

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

6. Centralisation 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 liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

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

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production

Certainly the radicalism that is missing from modern politics. I wonder if they'd get elected today?

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  1. Gordon R

    ohhh there's a hefty dose of a planned economy in there. And the staring feature of any propoganda material has to be ….......... the train!!! A mighty symbol of intense industrialization.

    20 Apr 2005, 16:11

  2. Whose manifesto is that? It could have been written by Stalin himself. They wouldn't get elected today, whoever they are, and a good thing too.

    Have a nice day :)

    20 Apr 2005, 16:43

  3. Sounds like the Marxist manifesto.

    It wasn't all that terribly bad, in theory. Much of the better parts are taken up by the modern democratic state. eg. 2, parts of 7, 10, some of 5. And we probably need 6 – at least, the transport part!

    20 Apr 2005, 20:52

  4. Forward to 1848!

    20 Apr 2005, 20:54

  5. I thought we were heading for 1984?

    20 Apr 2005, 22:30

  6. Peter Thomas

    Unbelievably original. Tried. Tested. Failed.

    21 Apr 2005, 01:18

  7. Actually no. They never managed to implement some of those proposals.

    21 Apr 2005, 03:36

  8. Warren

    Wow, I didn't realise the Lib Dems were getting that desperate!

    21 Apr 2005, 12:55

  9. Yeah, I assumed it was the Lib Dems. Either that, or my dad, but he would have done it with self in mind. He likes power, you see. And swords… oh god how he likes swords…


    21 Apr 2005, 20:42

  10. James – would your dad really have suggested "Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form"?

    22 Apr 2005, 07:05

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