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At the height of the Cold War a new cartoon emerged Little blue people called Smurfs sang and skipped into the hearts of the American populace The good clean antics of the Smurfs were the model of American values or were they One should look closely at the Smurfs their values their cultures Surprise The Smurfs were not capitalistic at all They were Communists Communist practices and doctrine have not only infiltrated American television but they have also become integral parts of America itself Communism has even become a part of the American education system How has communism been adopted into the American educational system Some examples of this infiltration into the classroom include one of the Ten Planks of Communism atheism controlled learning propaganda school to work programs and busing Communism as it is known today was first proposed by Karl Marx in 1848 when he published The Manifesto of the Communist Party Leone 13 Marx envisioned a Utopian society where everyone was equal Such a society would combine growth with fairness by allowing the bureaucrats to make most of the decisions concerning the economy Samuelson As in The Smurfs there would be no money and everyone would contribute what they could and receive what they needed Schmidt There would be one manor source of income and the entire collective would contribute to that source At the time of Marx communism stiff fell under the category of socialism During the last twenty-five years of the nineteenth century there was a split in the Socialist Party and communism began to be recognized as a movement of its own The original Communists were small extremist groups of revolutionaries within the European socialist movement It was not until the Russian Revolution in 1917 that socialism and communism finally parted ways Leone 14 By 1985 over one-third of the population of the world claimed to be Marxist including countries in Europe Asia Africa and South America Fienberg 2
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