The Communist Program
In fact, private property has already been all but abolished for the worker. Industry has seen to that. Wage labour does not create property, but just capital. The worker buys things with this, but the worker is always shortchanged by the capitalist. That's where profit comes from. And, this capital is not just the personal power of the worker, earned by his own toil. It is a social power, and is controlled by international markets, bankers, and governments.
The money that the worker earns is small compared to the money that the capitalist makes. If money brings freedom and power, then the abolition of property affects only the capitalist. The worker essentially feels no ill effects. Property for the few comes at the expense of property for the many right now. That must change.
The bourgeoisie is already in this state, and they are the ones profiting from the labour of others. Those who work, acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything, do not work. This would make it so that work was again related to tangible reward.
But there is little intellectual life for the worker as it is.
True, but only the individuality of oppression.
But the current family is a microcosm of the bourgeoisie/proletariat struggle. Parents gain by the labour of their children, husbands gain by the labour of their wives. Besides, big business has already destroyed the proletariat family.
But the bourgeoisie already treats the wife as another instrument of production. Bourgeoisie marriage is a system of having wives in common -- they support the capitalist project by making the personal conditions of the capitalist comfortable.
Workers have no countries. They are already played off against labour in other places. You can't take from them what they do not have.
But all this is the result of our social conditions, and any critique is rooted in a particular mindset brought about by the conditions of production at a particular time. Communism abolishes eternal truths (which philosophy and religion want); all is historical.
1. Are all societies really class societies? Marx speaks of an "Asian mode of development" in some societies, which does not have class conflict.
2. It doesn't seem like we have two great classes facing each other. The standard of living for workers has increased, not decreased. There is a new middle class. There is more social mobility than Marx could have imagined. Diffusion of ownership has extended property so far that the notion of a ruling class has all but disappeared.
3. In many places, there are "permanent" groups that the workers can look down on (e.g., blacks in the U.S., natives in Canada). So, the workers in fact don't think of themselves as the most miserable of anyone.
4. There is not a fixed group at the bottom of the social hierarchy, due to immigration.