Obama and Marx

All the new info I’ve learned about Senator Obama’s socialistic worldview brought me to investigate some of Karl Marx’s quotes.  I thought it would be interesting to compare the words of the two:

Karl Marx, in The Grundrisse (1857)
The pay of the common soldier is also reduced to a minimum — determined purely by the production costs necessary to procure him. But he exchanges the performance of his services not for capital, but for the revenue of the state.
In bourgeois society itself, all exchange of personal services for revenue — including labour for personal consumption, cooking, sewing etc., garden work etc., up to and including all of the unproductive classes, civil servants, physicians, lawyers, scholars etc. — belongs under this rubric, within this category. All menial servants etc. By means of their services — often coerced — all these workers, from the least to the highest, obtain for themselves a share of the surplus product, of the capitalist’s revenue.

If I read that 1857 wording correctly, it seems that Marx is saying that in a communist society, all the workers get for themselves a share of the capitalist’s profits.

Here is what Obama had to say about sharing the profits of the capitalist:

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.

More to come later…

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