The Book of Mormon
and the Constitution

Appendix 3

Excerpts from the Communist Manifesto

. . . But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience . . . .

We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy . . . These measures will of course be different in different countries.

Nevertheless, in the most advanced countries the following will be pretty generally applicable:

1.       Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2.       A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3.       Abolition of all right 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 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 population over the country.

10.       Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’ s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc., etc. [p. 232]

But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten;

Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;

For it is given unto them even as I will, according to mine own pleasure, that great things may be required at the hand of their fathers. (D&C 29:46-48) [p. 233]

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