Obviously the bourgeois cannot be in the majority, because there is tremendous competition; every rich man is trying to pull down other rich men by the legs. Everybody is trying to climb the ladder higher than the others. So those who reach the highest point of being super-rich are going to be, obviously, a minority. The poor will be the majority, and because they don’t have anything…Karl Marx’s great work, The Communist Manifesto, ends with the line: “Proletariat of the world unite. You don’t have anything to lose except your chains, and you have the whole world to gain, the whole power, the whole society in your hands.”
This is how logic functions, but life does not agree with it. He completely forgot the implications. He was thinking that the first country to become a communist country would be America, but America seems to be going perfectly well. There is no question at all of America becoming a communist country unless it is invaded and forced to become communist. From its inner sources, it is not going to become a communist country for a simple reason: the middle class has not disappeared and is not going to disappear.
That was completely overlooked by Marx. He thought that a few people would become richer, more ambitious, more competitive, more efficient. The others would fall down and become poorer. But he forgot the other side of the coin: that a few rich people will go bankrupt and become middle class, and a few poor people will start struggling and fighting and will join the middle class, so the middle class is not going to disappear. And it has not disappeared.
And the middle class is absolutely against any revolution, for the simple reason that they have much to lose. In revolution there is going to be chaos. And the middle class is not going to share its possessions with the millions of poor people.
Marx also forgot completely – that shows how just thinking is not enough; a practical, down-to-earth approach is needed to change the society – he forgot completely that even the poor may not be complete have-nots. The American poor may not have a Rolls Royce, but he has a Chevrolet, he has a house, he has a wife, he has children. His children are his ambitions, he is teaching them and they will become richer. But even the poor man has a car, a house, and he is afraid that in the sharing of wealth he may lose his car, his house. The proletariat has not turned out completely to be have-nots, so they are not ready for any revolution. Yes, they are ready for more and more facilities for the poor, but they are not going to be for the revolution.
America has the poorest and smallest Communist Party in the world, which has no power at all.
It happened in the Soviet Union: after the revolution a journalist was asking a poor man, “Are you really a communist?” He said, “Yes, I am a communist.” The journalist asked, “If you had two cars, would you give one to your neighbor?” He said, “Of course.”
“If you had two horses, would you give one to your neighbors?” He said, “Of course.”
“If you had two cows, would you give one cow to your poor neighbors?” He said, “Yes.”