MODERN DAY COMMUNISM: Helping a Generation Forget Marxism’s Bloody Legacy

Written by Andrew Allen on October 8, 2015

Language is an interesting thing. It helps us to identify the world around us. No wonder progressives are always shifting words and definitions around to suit their agenda. It helps them to present a false version of the world at large and the way their belief system fits into it all.

Take for instance the quote “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”. Louis Blanc is credited as the originator of the quote. Karl Marx later borrowed it and used it for his namesake agenda.

Now, check Oxford Dictionaries on-line and notice that their version of the quote (found under the definition for “Communism”) reads “each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs”.

The original quote describes a system of obvious wealth redistribution,. “From” and “to” indicate that, as does the separation of “abilities” and “needs”. In the revised quote from Oxford Dictionaries the whole thing is turned upside down. “Contributes” takes the place of deliberate wealth transfer – as if the state is going to come around asking for donations. “Contributes” is connected with “receives”, as if everyone puts a little something in and gets a little something in return. “Abilities” and “needs” are no longer separated in the revision. In other words, Johnny has the ability to fix jet engines on airplanes and the need to have a new car in his driveway so because Johnny contributes Johnny also receives.

Which is a far cry from Johnny having the ability to fix aircraft engines and then being mandated to fork over the fruits of his labor in a scheme designed to level all possible playing fields under the guise of taking care of “needs”. Throw in all the other evils that have occurred when the words of Blanc and Marx were put to practice and the end result is horrific. Gulags. Mass graves. State police. Repression.

Oxford‘s revised quote doesn’t sound half bad at all though. Almost like a playful fiscal picnic in which everyone is able to do something, and when they do it they contribute from it so that everyone’s needs are addressed. No hint of the force required behind the curtain to ensure that those contributions are dutifully made and that distribution occurs according to plan.

Those born when the Berlin Wall came down have almost reached 30 years of age. Their understanding of Communism doesn’t come from having lived during a time when it was a reality for a large percentage of the world’s population. It comes instead from places like Oxford Dictionaries where language itself has been altered to present this particular ism in a more favorable light.

It’s deliberate. It’s done on purpose. And, it’s high time we all started asking why.


Share if you want people to remember what Communism was really like.

Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen (@aandrewallen) grew up in the American southeast and for more than two decades has worked as an information technoloigies professional in various locations around the globe. A former far-left activist, Allen became a conservative in the late 1990s following a lengthy period spent questioning his own worldview. When not working IT-related issues or traveling, Andrew Allen spends his time discovering new ways to bring the pain by exposing the idiocy of liberals and their ideology.