Saturday, June 01, 2002

A majority of Americans believe that Marx's adage on the distribution of wealth - "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" - was actually a founding principle of American democracy.

According to a new Columbia Law School survey of over a thousand Americans, Marx's slogan is alive and well right here in the United States. The survey found that sixty-nine percent of respondents either thought that the U.S. Constitution contained Marx's maxim, or did not know whether or not it did.

Columbia Law professor Michael C. Dorf declared the results "a call to action to those of us - including journalists, politicians, and especially teachers - responsible for informing the public about the law."
Quite interesting when you think about it. I'm sure those very same Americans who identified the core belief of socialism as a basic tenet of the Constitution would just as quickly have agreed with the statement that socialists are anti-American. Knee-jerk reactions, all, without taking the trouble to think things out for themselves.

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