An advanced state...

The left-hand side is the list of general attributes of an advanced state as cited by Marx and Engels in Chapter 2 of their Manifesto of the Communist Party. Drawing fixed phrases from various sources, the right-hand side looks at another sort of advanced state.


   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.  Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means
       of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive
       monopoly.

   6.  Centralisation 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 the soil generally in accordance with a
       common plan.

   8.  Equal liability of all to labour.  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 the population
       over the country.

   10. Free education for all children in public schools.
       Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form.
       Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.

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T h e   U n i t i n g   a n d   S t r e n g t h e n i n g   A m e r i c a
  b y   P r o v i d i n g   A p p r o p r i a t e   T o o l s
   R e q u i r e d   t o   I n t e r c e p t   a n d   O b s t r u c t
             T e r r o r i s m   A c t   o f   '0 1
hereby establishes a national Dept. of Homeland Security (provided for
in the Minipax Act of 1984), to sniff out and find enemies of freedom.
Officers banish them - off to Attica for an educational visit or for
a cool trip to that fun, action-filled 'Club Gitmo'.
  All Hitler wannabes can apply; in fact, guns often are free.

                                                      Good/not
   +---------------------------------------------+-----------------+
   |  Arabs                                      |      not        |
   |  Anyone called Abdul                        |      not        |
   |  Anyone too fluent in Arabic                |      not        |
   |  257 of our political opponents             |      not        |
   |  63 daft academics                          |      not        |
   |  Rotten scoundrels (incl. UN sympathisers)  |      not        |
   |  Syria                                      |    bomb it      |
   |  Fictional Axis of Evil                     |   blow it up    |
   |  &c                                         |       &c        |
   +---------------------------------------------+-----------------+

In a patriotic exhibition at noon, all little children are told to sing
our fantastic national anthem, 'America - Fuck, Yeah!', in unison.

NB: One now has to comply with all terms of the Biafra Clause.

Biafra Clause:
  - All Constitutional rights have been suspended.
  - Obey all orders without question.
  - National security is more important than individual will.
  - Your neighbourhood watch officer will be around to collect urine
    samples in the morning.
  - Do not panic.


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