Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager
Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.
City Manager, Auburn Hills, MI
Ah the things you learn from this here blog. Did you know that on today’s date in 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, was first published in London, England? This political pamphlet argued to put an end to class society forever by implementing dogma to put classes of people against each other.
It was not until 1867 when he published the first volume of his book Das Kapital, the foundation work of communist theory. By his death in 1884, communism had become a disease of thought that pitted people against others in the name of peace. It was another thirty-three years, in 1917, when Vladimir Lenin, a Marxist, led the world’s first successful communist revolution in Russia.
Today, even though we know history; there are still those who believe these theories to be a valid way to control people. Depending on what books and authors you read the death toll under communist governments ranges from 100 million to 160 million (these deaths do not include wars).
Why is this important? I think it is important because if we do not look, watch, observe what happens when people want to control outcomes we can repeat these type of mistakes. When I was in high school (not so long ago contrary to what my kids think) we were taught that communism was the best form of government, in its pure sense was the fairest way to live. I don’t think we should forget or burn these books, quite the opposite. We should read this type of literature, dissect it and look at the human toll everywhere it is tried.
Ah, we are not perfect. We have people who attempt to control us, run for office not for the good of the country but for their own self interest etc… But we still have the ability to disagree, walk away and work with others to change things we don’t like without the fear of being sent to reeducation camps, work camps or to an early grave.
There was some brilliance by our founding fathers to put checks and balances into our system of governance; it’s up to us to use them wisely.
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