Karl Marx’s 1848 “Communist Manifesto” is probably well-known to many of you. Sadly, not many people have read or studied it, and I’m sure that many believe it to be a book about constructing bombs, killing leaders, and other similar topics. This is not the topic at all.

If you read the ‘Communist Manifesto,’ you will learn that it encapsulates the entire programme of the movement in what are known as the Ten Commandments of Communism. These eight strategies represent the techniques Karl Marx proposed to establish the communist state. Which Ten Commandments are these?

  1. Abolition of property and land
  2. A heavy, progressive or graduated income tax
  3. Abolition of all right to inheritance
  4. Confiscation of the property of all immigrants and rebels
  5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State by means of a national bank
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State
  7. Equal liability of all to labour
  8. Combination of agriculture with the manufacturing industries
  9. Gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country
  10. Free education is available to all children in public schools. This means that if you want to brainwash the nation, you get to get all the nation into schools.

Do you witness any explosives being thrown or politicians being assassinated here? Are you not aware that these are all methods that can only be implemented through electoral processes? Despite being written thirty years before the Fabian Society was founded, the Communist Manifesto is fundamentally a Fabian treatise.

I am sure the readers can already pinpoint some of these ten commandments that have been adopted in your own country, and I am sure that many Maltese readers can do so too. Things like income tax, the banking system, the gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, and free education for all were all implemented in Malta. The combination of agriculture with the manufacturing industries is too, and as you all know, right now, there is a worldwide war on farmers. And these were all done gradually, through electoral processes.

So you can establish a communist country without calling it communism and without a revolution.

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