I provide below some Marxist expressions, which have crept into our vocabularies and frame our expectations, our public debate and our policies.
Giving Back: This expression is frequently used to describe the charity work of successful businessmen or women, usually entrepreneurs. The expression “giving back” satisfies the Marxist dream of redistributing wealth from “haves” to “have-nots.”
When Bill Gates retired from Microsoft in 2006 he said:
"I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility – the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need," he said. Gates added, "It’s not a retirement, it’s a reordering of my priorities."
Discussing a new business venture, Virgin Atlantic CEO Richard Branson said:
”It is important that the company is more than just a company, so that it gives back to the community as well.”
What exactly are Branson and Gates giving back? Do successful companies steal from the community? Are CEOs the modern equivalent of the robber barons of the past? “Giving back” implies that business is somehow greedy and immoral.
By investing their time and talents, risking their capital, hiring employees, buying and selling, Gates and Branson created prosperity, opportunity and happiness for thousands of people around the world. They gave to their community when they went into business.
The Common Good: This phrase is especially popular with the environmental global warming movement. It elevates a hypothetical group of people at the expense of actual individuals and it stands for anybody EXCEPT you and me. It is the equivalent of the Classic Marxist phrase “the masses.”
Here’s a good example – a book title by Herman Daly:
For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment and a Sustainable Future. There is even a chapter called: “From Individualism to Person-In-Community.” (yeegads…)
Beware of anybody touting programs for “the common good.” It means that they want to take your property, your freedom, or your money and that you will see no benefit from the program.
For the children: This expression refers to the exact same group of nonexistent people as “the common good” except these nonexistent people are hypothetically young and hypothetically live in the future.
Speech frames our perceptions; it determines our expectations and actions. Political debate frames policy and policy becomes laws.
And so it is to our detriment that we accept these types of phrases in our speech patterns without critical recognition of their underlying philosophies.