The Credit Downgrade: Symptom of the Marxist Disease

Scînteia went bankrupt. Newsweek was sold for one dollar. But a member of the congresional nomenklatura representing the bankrupt state of California — who is also a staunch admirer and visitor of Fidel Castro’s Cuba — began preaching that the future of the U.S. oil industry was “all about socializing,” all about “the government taking over and running all our oil companies.”[3] In 1948, when the Romanian nomenklatura nationalized the oil industry, that country was the second greatest oil exporter in Europe. Thirty years later, when I broke with Marxism, Romania was a heavy importer of oil, gasoline was rationed, the temperature in public places had to be kept under 63 degrees, and all shops had to close no later than 5:30 pm  to save energy.

In 1978, I paid with two death sentences — from my native Romania — for helping that country rid itself of Marxism, and I could write a whole book about how that deadly virus is now harming my new country, the United States. Maybe someday I will. Here I want only to mention an article published in, of all places, the Russian Pravda, which stated: "It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people."[4] A few conservative political luminaries, like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, have also warned that Marxism has begun infecting the United States. But neither the Tea Party's "Contract from America" nor the Republicans' "Pledge to America" mentions Marxism per se. Both contain mobilizing calls to cut taxes and domestic discretionary spending, but taxes and spending are just weapons. Our enemy is Marxism, which has always used the redistribution of wealth to change free market societies into ruinous welfare slums.

According to the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu, whose The Art of War is required reading for all CIA officers and military intelligence personnel, knowing your enemy is the most important element needed in order to defeat him. “Know your enemy and know yourself,” he wrote, “and you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” It is time for today’s Americans to become acquainted with Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. This is our enemy.


[1] Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party, translated from German in 1888 by Samuel Moore in cooperation with  Frederick Engels, Marxist Internet Archive, 2005, as published on

[2] Doug Mainwaring, "We are all Tea Partiers now," The Washington Times,, September 30, 2010, p.1.

[3] “Rep. Maxine Waters has a socialist Freudian slip,” NewsReal Blog, August 1, 2009, posted live voice on

[4] "American capitalism gone with a whimper," Pravda, April 27, 2004.