It's no secret that liberals, as a group, generally despise capitalism and prefer an economic system that is more centrally controlled, like that used in the former Soviet Union. That was part of what drove the Occupy Wall Street protests that took place across the country. But now, a petition posted at the White House "We the People" site demands that Barack Obama abolish the capitalist mode of production, The Atlantic reported Wednesday.
"While the capitalist mode of production has done a great deal to accelerate the development of technology and increase the availability of consumer goods in the last few centuries, it has outlived its usefulness and has in fact become destructive," the petition claims. "Inequality, unemployment, financial crises, and environmental devestation (sic) all point toward one inevitable conclusion: we must get rid of capitalism, once and for all."
"Hence we ask that the President work with Congressional leaders to develop a more just and sustainable economic system not based on the profit motive or the exploitation of waged labor," the petition adds.
It also seems that writers at The Atlantic had a somewhat difficult time translating the petition and wrote: "The petitioners aren't advocating any specific alternative to the capitalist mode of production; they're just asking the president and Congressional leaders to develop one ... you know, together."
Actually, the petition does call for an economic system that has already been tried and repeatedly found to be a failure. The system advocated by petitioners even uses the same flowery language that helped bring about the former Soviet Union.
So it really isn't too difficult to understand what petitioners want: Communism.
"In fairness, it's hard to imagine an alternative to the capitalist mode of production, especially when we're all so caught up in it all the time," The Atlantic added. J. J. Gould then asked readers to offer their thoughts. And they did.
"Somebody has already come up with an "alternative to the capitalist system and the profit motive". His name was Karl Marx," one person said. That reader also noted that Marx's system didn't work outside of the theoretical model. Other readers were astute enough to realize that petitioners were actually calling for Communism.
It's not the first time that liberals have called for an abolition of capitalism. Replacing capitalism was a common theme in the 2011 Occupy protests, which explains why it was endorsed by the Communist Party USA and the Chinese Communist Party among others.
In August 2012, former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 president Mike Golash told Occupy activists his political goal is to "make revolution in the United States, overthrow the capitalist system and build communism.” He also told Occupy DC activists that progressive labor is a "revolutionary communist organization.”
The radical protest movement was also supported by a number of prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Jane Fonda, a Hollywood celebrity who has benefited greatly from capitalism, praised Occupy Wall Street, calling it "an important, wonderful movement." Wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore also praised the anti-capitalist protest, going so far as to call capitalism a "crime."
Perhaps the most outrageous call came from Roseanne Barr, who said during her failed presidential run that those who refuse to give up their wealth should be beheaded. Of course, she added, that was only after they had gone through re-education and been given an opportunity to voluntarily divest themselves of what they had earned.
As of this writing, the petition has received 132 signatures. It only requires an additional 99,868 signatures by May 22 to be eligible for an official White House response.