By Andrew Friedrick
Would half of the millennials who think communism is superior to capitalism change their minds if they fully understood what the “abolition of private property”actually means? Karl Marx, in writing The Communist Manifesto, clearly states what his intentions were in regards to the possession of private property by the middle class, or “bourgeois.” Marx sought to entirely restrict the personal freedoms and possessions of the bourgeois, who, in his mind, posed a threat to the achievement of a communist utopia. He did not shy away from this proposal. “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property,” Marx writes. 1
So, in essence, Marxism’s main goal is to replace individual freedom with no freedom whatsoever except for what society as a whole shares. “We Communists have been reproached with the desire of abolishing the right of personally acquiring property as the fruit of a man’s own labour, which property is alleged to be the groundwork of all personal freedom, activity and independence,” he continues. 1 Marx believed that having property was a form of personal freedom (which it is), but advocated for the complete abolition of this basic human right. In a communist society, there is no freedom.
Thus, according to Marx, there should be no presence of private ownership except for what the state provides. If America’s young generation understood this, how many would actually support socialism and communism? Because we as Americans live in a free society in which capitalism has made it easy to enjoy the good things in life, our society has become soft and vulnerable to radical and dangerous ideology. How would most Americans feel if their iPhone was suddenly taken away from them? Or their TV? It would be safe to assume that many Americans, if not all, would be angered by this and thus might have an entirely different view of socialism and communism. It is a frightening reality that there are individuals who advocate for the complete and total abolition of private property. America could, in fact, reach the point in which personal freedom is nonexistent if our society falls into believing what the left advocates for.
Andrew Friedrick was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of North Florida in the fall. He loves all things related to sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is passionate about politics.