Ellis Washington
On Karl Marx and the First Principles of Evil
By Ellis Washington
May 2, 2015

The first battlefield is to rewrite history.

Anyone who know anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval.

Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.

~ Karl Marx

Biography of Marx

Karl Marx (5 May 1818–14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, journalist, sociologist, economist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics set the foundation for the majority of our modern understanding of labor relative to capital, and later economic ideas. A prolific writer of many books during his lifetime, the most prominent are The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital (1867–1894). In 1843 Marx relocated to Paris, where he began writing for other radical and anarchist newspapers and during that period met Friedrich Engels, and formed an enduring friendship as a life-long benefactor and collaborator who helped distribute his communist ideas to the world.

Marx's theories about economics, religion, politics and society – the combined socialist worldview known as Marxism – understands that human nature, human societies only progress through class struggle: an eternal battle between an ownership class that controls production and a despised, underpaid working class that provides the labor for production. The State, Marx supposed, were operated on behalf of the ruling class and in their intent to further the communist revolution over every aspect of society while promoting the common interest of all, he anticipated that, like earlier socioeconomic organizations, capitalism created internal antagonisms which would devolve into self-interest and self-destruction, thus necessitating another new system: Socialism. Marx contended that class conflicts caused by capitalism between the upper class (bourgeoisie) and lower class (proletariat) would establish in the working class a longing for political power and in the end establish a classless society, communism, a society governed by a free association of producers, which historically only exists in theory. Marx aggressively battled for its enactment, arguing that the working class should perform organized revolutionary action to collapse capitalism and cause socio-economic change through communism.

Modern political parties of the Left including – Democrats, Socialists, Progressives (also called Liberals), Anarchists, Humanists, Atheists, Environmentalists, Feminists, etc. have all morphed together with the ideas of Karl Marx and are now synonymous with the communist philosophy of Marxism of which FDR's New Deal and Welfare State of the 1930s and 40s, LBJ's Great Society of the 1960s and today under Barack Obama's Obamacare, Executive Amnesty and the Cloward-Piven Strategy Obama learned as a student at Columbia University, circa 1981-83 to use Marxist revolutionary communism to purposely overwhelm the Welfare State in order to collapse the capitalist system. These are but a few examples of modern socialist policy inspired by Karl Marx.

Marx and Feminism

In a 2011 essay on The Feminist Mystique and Marxism I quoted the founding mother of the modern or "second-wave" feminist movement, the irrepressible and intellectually outrageous Betty Friedan (1921-2006), who devotedly worshipped and restated the communist ideas of Karl Marx and integrated them almost exclusively to write her famous 1963 book, The Feminist Mystique, the bible to White progressive, liberal and socialist women at colleges throughout America in the 1960s and 70s, leading directly to the Sexual Revolution of the 1970s (think Hippies, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton and those now pushing same-sex marriage). To demonstrate Freidan's slavish reliance to the communist ideas of Karl Marx, uniting them to the burgeoning feminist movement in America in the early 1960s, Freidan wrote: "Society had to be restricted so that women, who happen to be the people who give birth, could make a human, responsible choice whether or not – and when – to have children, and not be barred thereby from participating in society in their own right. This meant the right to birth control and safe abortion."

Secondly, Friedan conflated a Marx/Engels paradigm they used to exploit class differences in labor and society beginning in the 1840s and rebranded them for the new, revolutionary times of the early 1960s. For example, observe how Friedan taught women to liberate themselves from the "housewife trap": "[To] emancipate woman and make her the equal of the man is and remains an impossibility so long as the woman is shut out from socially productive labor and restricted to private domestic labor. The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time." This passage was plagiarized from Friedrich Engels' 1884 essay The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State.

According to conservative intellectual, Dr. Benjamin Wiker's essential book, 10 People Who Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others that didn't Help (2008), the author quoted Friedan’s Marxist worldview as believing that "progress means conquering the natural conditions that keep women from being defined by their sex," which Friedan championed under the perverse paradigm: Motherhood = "a comfortable concentration camp," and working outside the home = "the emancipation of women."

Betty Friedan and her Marxist screed, The Feminine Mystique, essentially launched the second-wave of the feminist revolution known as the "Women's movement" in the 1960s and 70s under the pretext of liberating all women through what is today called "reproductive rights" (unrestricted abortion) and granting women equal rights into the labor force (e.g., equal pay for equal work), yet Friedan aggressively advocated more than free sex, the birth control pill and abortion. In her book Friedan hid a virulent Marxist-Communist agenda that diabolically exploited all of the techniques and strategies of replacing Capitalism with Socialism. In other words, Friedan's book fundamentally authorized the indiscriminate sacrifice of being a wife, motherhood and children on the altar of abortion and careerism presided over by the all-powerful Marxist State. That Feminist-Socialist paradigm exists to this day with people like Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonya Sotomayor, and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but also includes every Democrat Congresswoman, and every woman (and most men) in what I call Marxist Media, Inc.

Marx and Revolution Racism in Modern Times

This appears to be the ubiquitous First Principles of Evil in which Marx and Engels concocted in their Communist Manifesto as a comprehensive, global revolutionary program. Their notion of a revolutionary class or party is not, conversely, restricted to the lower class (proletariat) struggle against the wealthy class (bourgeoisie). They relate it to the upper class, not in the present-day world when the established order of capitalism stigmatized the upper class as conservative, bigoted, unconcerned with the plight of the poor, but in the eighteenth century when the upper class dethroned the landed aristocracy, which under the French Revolution included the Catholic Church and wealthy bishops, cardinals, priests and nuns. Marx wanted to bring the anti-Christian, anti-monarchy genocide of the French Revolution to the entire world... and he did.

First Principles of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and later Descartes, meant using transcendent, natural law, self-evident propositions as fundamental axioms, or foundations, then using undeniable logic to deduce a systematic body of knowledge derivative of undeniable truths about every aspect of nature and the natural world. The foundations are also called a priori truths. Countering thousands of years of deductive-inductive reasoning, philosophers like Georg Hegel, Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx's dialectical materialism purposely sought to deconstruct and destroy Western Civilization's Judeo-Christian worldview. And instead of absolute truth as its ultimate goal sought to redefine God, absolute truth, logic, history, even reality to conform to the atheist god of dialectical materialism which is all in all and above all else... even God. I call this Karl Marx's First Principles of Evil, which exist under Socialism in every nation of the world today... even America.

"The bourgeoisie," they write, "historically has played a most revolutionary part... The French Revolution, for example, abolished feudal property in favor of bourgeois property." And again: "when Christian ideas succumbed in the eighteenth century to the rationalist ideas, feudal society all fought its death-battle with the then revolutionary bourgeoisie." For the Socialist Left, all roads lead to the French Revolution (1789-99), which epitomizes the struggle not between the propertied (upper class) and the property less (lower classes), but between two propertied classes – the upper middle classes, the rich and the aristocrats (bureaucrats in power) – seems obvious to Marx in the fact that "during the very first storms of the revolution, the French Bourgeoisie dared to take away from the workers the right of association just acquired."

Notwithstanding the Communist Manifesto (1848), the American Declaration of Independence (1776) is also a revolutionary document. The constitutional Framers were ready to use Judeo-Christian ideas of natural law and natural rights to overthrow the established rule under King George III which, in their understanding the revolt of the colonists, unlike the French Revolution, is political rather than economic, even if it has economic, religious, social besides political reasons. This distinction between economic and political revolution seems to be peculiarly modern and unfortunately many of the modern historical treatments of the American Revolution and the French Revolution (13 years later) used a Marxist revisionist paradigm to downplay or ignore the important religious and social motivations that triggered these revolutions and put them on diametrically opposite paths to freedom, liberty and morality.

It is indeed on the use of violence that the Communist Manifesto differentiates between communism and socialism, particularly the "utopian" understanding of the latter as another example of entrenching Socialism throughout the world. Marx declared to all communists how to triumph – "The first battlefield is the rewriting of history." Indeed, both the Communists and Socialists "reject all political, and especially all revolutionary action; they wish to attain their ends by peaceful means, and endeavor by small experiments, necessarily doomed to failure, and by the force of example, to pave the way for the new social Gospel... They, therefore, endeavor, and that consistently, to deaden the class struggle and to reconcile the class antagonisms." Communists and Socialists strategy, always supports "every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things... The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."

Though essentially economic, the Communist Revolution cannot avoid history and reality over its destructive and deconstructive role in political effects and government collapse since the French Revolution, which wasn't Marxist, but an atheist-humanist revolution specifically designed to destroy Christianity in France and to overthrow the Christian worldview in Western Civilization. "Political power," according to Marx and Engels, "is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another." This relates to the working class overthrow of power.

However Socialist-Progressives also appear to be willfully naïve and ahistorical to believe that the tyranny of the working class is only a temporary phase in the communist revolution. "If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself as a class; if, by means of a revolution it makes itself the ruling class, and, as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms, and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class." In targeting the economically classless society, with the resulting radical conversion of the state, the communist revolutionary establishment appears to imagine its revolution as abolishing the option of or necessity for any more revolutions, peaceful or violent, religious, social, economic or political. In other words surrender (like the meaning of Islam=submit) appears to be the final battle of the Socialist-Progressive Revolution.

Marx famously wrote, "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." You see America the history is always the same with the Democrat Socialist Party and all roads always leads to racism, Jewish and Christian persecution and death, whether its slavery, the French Revolution, Rousseau, Robespierre, who Jonah Goldberg called "the founding Fathers of liberal fascism," to Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, to the Golden Age of genocidal tyrants of the twentieth century. Marxism, Socialism, Progressivism, Liberalism always proclaims utopia, but always delivers dystopia – followed by perpetual revolution, environmental catastrophes, death camps, war, famine, show trials, societal anarchy, moral perversion, genocide, democide and death. To achieve control the Democrat Socialist Party control and dominate all society institutions to facilitate their domination of government power and their stealing of history. Marx said, "The first battlefield is to rewrite history." And George Orwell said, "Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future."

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Encyclopedia Britannica Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (University of Chicago, 1952), Vol. 2, Chap. 31 – Government; Vol. 2, Chap. 44 – Labor; Vol. 3, Chap. 80 – Revolution; Vol. 3, Chap. 87 – Slavery; Vol. 50 – Marx.

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Ellis Washington

Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects... (more)


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