It is interesting to observe that virtually all Liberals and a majority of modern day conservatives wouldheartily agree with such a statement. This should raise a "red flag" in the minds of those who loveliberty.Why is it that the majority of Americans, even those who advocate the free-market, agree withthe way in which Karl Marx of all people framed the cause of the war? Though Marx and his partner incommunism Fredrick Engels lived in Great Britain, they served "as propaganda agents for the Northerncause in Europe." The authors point out that "while most Americans think of abolition of slavery as anend in itself, communists had a completely different view of abolition." Marx stated in
, "Labor cannot emancipate itself in the white skin where in the black it is branded."After the war was over Marx said in aspeech:
And the successful close of the war against slavery has indeed inaugurated a new era in the annals of the working class. . . Still the Civil War offered a compensation in the liberation of the slaves and theimpulse which it thereby gave to your own class movement.
As one can see, the freeing of the slaves was not an end in itself to the Father of Communism, butrather a means to an end- that end being the revolution of the working class against the proletariat. Ishould note that the authors do dismantle Marx's notion that the South was aggressively fighting to"perpetuate" slavery. On the contrary, the War Between the States was a war of centralism vs.federation, of humanism vs. Christianity, of socialism vs. capitalism, and of imperialism vs. popular sovereignty. We do not have time to address Marx's popular lie in this review, but would encouragethose curious regarding this issue to pick up a copy of Myths of American Slavery.After Lincoln's second inaugural victory, Marx delivered acongratulatory letter to the 16th president on behalf of the
International Workingmen's Association
which stated in no uncertain terms where theallegiance of the communist community lay. The last paragraph of the letter is as follows:
The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. Theyconsider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of anenchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.
Though no conservative should have a problem with the rescuing of
"an enchained race"
(Although itmay be pointed out that Lincoln never accomplished this task, and the radical republicans enchained allmen to civil slavery while in the process making the lot of the slave even worse) all of our eyebrowsshould raise when we hear the words "reconstruction of a social world." Was Lincoln fulfilling the nextstep in creating a world in Marx's image? How can this be?