Kenyan Muslim Socialist Watch, continued

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Lincoln was also probably a socialist Muslim born in Kenya. In this passage from Lincoln’s first annual message to Congress in 1861, we have definitive proof: he interprets the South’s secession as being driven by “the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government”:

It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.

Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor is there any such thing as a free man being fixed for life In the condition of a hired laborer. Both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them are ground less. Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming that the whole labor of community exists within that relation.

It was this sort of thing that led Karl Marx to write an open letter congratulating Lincoln in 1864 on his re-election; as he wrote, “on behalf of the International Workingmen’s Association,” he was

“…sure that as the American war of Independence initiated a new era of ascendency for the middle class, so the American anti-slavery war will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come, that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln,the singleminded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social work

Which is, by the way, the reason why the sage author of a tome like How Capitalism Saved America has also penned modern day classics like Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe and The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. This enterprising fellow holds — rightly — that Lincoln massively expanded the central government during and after the civil war and also seems to — hilariously — believe that capitalism would have naturally solved the problem of slavery, which is why the Civil War was “unnecessary.”