Occupy Orlando’s Manifesto?

The Occupy Movement of Florida will present a formal list of demands to House Speaker Dean Cannon on the opening day of the Florida legislative session this Tuesday. This occupy list was drafted at last month’s “People’s Convention” in Orlando. Though the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Occupy leaders organizers were predicting 500-1000 people, about 200 people statewide actually showed up.

The Florida Independent has summarized the occupy demands into one wish list:

  • Standardized testing shall be used for the purposes of evaluating students and teachers in order to identify areas of improvement, NOT for determining school funding or teacher pay.
  • Public money shall not be used to fund for-profit charter schools, either directly, or through voucher systems.
  • The creation of a public transportation development agency to forward greater utilitarian use and connectivity of public transportation across the state of Florida.
  • We demand a Florida state amendment to hold publicly financed elections for Florida state officials.
  • We demand that voter registration can take place on the day of voting, at the actual voting booth. Those who are not registered before arriving at the voting facility should have the ability to register at the actual time of voting.
  • We demand our state legislature to pass a non-binding resolution to support the over-turning of ‘Citizen’s United vs. FEC’
  • We oppose non-judicial foreclosures of mortgages and any deregulation of the foreclosure process.
  • We demand banks refinance the mortgages to the fair market value for home owners who are struggling to make ends meet especially if they have proof that they lost their job and are looking for a job.
  • We demand no further infringement on worker rights.
  • We demand the protection of the rights of workers to organize. Legalize the rights of farm workers and domestic workers to organize.
  • We demand repealing the law which eliminated K-12 Teacher tenure and stopping any future tenure laws which would repeal tenure for higher education officials.
  • We demand full worker rights to undocumented workers.
  • We oppose anti-immigrant legislation meant to discriminate against and attack undocumented workers and peoples.
  • We demand an end to the attacks on unemployed workers and their benefits and attacks on social safety nets which protect workers in times of hardship.
  • We demand that Florida’s tax structure be reformed to recover revenue from the 1% and to reduce the burden on the 99 percent.
  • We demand the SOFL chooses not to redefine a fetus as a person at conception.
  • We demand that the current definition of a forcible rape and the rights entitled from that remain unchanged.

Reviewing this list and Occupy’s proposal draft made me think of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx in 1848:

  1. Abolition of Property in Land and Application of all Rents of Land to Public Purpose.

  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. Centralization of Credit in the Hands of the State, by Means of a National Bank with State Capital and an Exclusive Monopoly.

  6. Centralization 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 Labor. 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 Labor in it’s Present Form. Combination of Education with Industrial Production.

There are some striking similarities between the occupy wish list and the Marxist planks. Occupy better beware of a potential legal challenge from the Communist Party USA. In 2010, Communist Party USA in San Francisco sued the Democrat Party claiming the Democrat leadership stole their intellectual property when they set forth the 2010 Agenda of the Democrat Party. I have to pause and point out the irony of a communist claiming the private ownership of an idea!

The class warfare messaging of the Occupy Movement, the 1% against the 99%, is drawn from the philosophy of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, who believed that a capitalist society is divided between the oppressors and the oppressed. Can I just mention how that evil capitalist, Steve Jobs (R.I.P.), oppressed us with his apple products!

In the Occupy Movement, we can see that the idea of communism as a compassionate and peaceful notion has taken hold of the youth of today. The free market system is under attack. How did this come to be?

On Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. The list was derived from researcher Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”  After 16 years in the FBI, Skousen pinpointed the ways Communists intended to spread Communism in the United States. I have highlighted the goals that have been accomplished or at least have been attempted. If you’d rather not go through the lengthy list, skip to the bottom of this page where I have posted a clip of Glenn Beck where he highlights some of these goals and the history of Communism in the U.S.

1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. 

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of “moral strength.”

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. 

5. Extend long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. (Is there a foreign country we don’t give aid too?)

7. Grant recognition of Red China and admission of Red China to the U.N. 

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights. 

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks. 

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack. 

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions. 

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures. 

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms. 

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums.  Our plan is to promote ugliness,repulsiveness, meaningless art.

24.Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state” Replacing belief in the creator with belief in the earthly man-controlled State.

 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. And replace our nation of “laws, not men” with royal decree emanating from appointed judges and executive orders. Replace elected officials with bureaucrats.30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.”Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

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