Communist Rules for Revolution:

1. Corrupt the young; get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness.
2. By specious argument cause the breakdown of old moral virtues; honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
3. Encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.
4. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.
5. Get people's minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books, plays, and other trivialities.
6. Get control of all means of publicity.
7. Destroy the people's faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and obloquy (disgrace).
8. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscation and leaving the population helpless.
May 1919
There is no verifiable source for this quote.
Supposedly, captured at Dusseldorf in May 1919 by Allied Forces.
Said to have been "secured and stamped with the seal of Florida State Attorney, George A. Broutigam. This material testimony was taken from someone he terms 'a known member of the Communist Party'. According to this Communist's testimony this strategy is still part of the Communist plan to overthrow free societies such as the United States."
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Americans have really taken the bait, haven't they. Does anyone remember Freedom and the Responsibility that goes with it? Americans will ultimately have to pay for their hypocrisy, but please, how far can we let ourselves go! By the time the rest of us wake up, it'll be too late, I fear. Start making some noise!
 -- Anonymous     
    Check out Or maybe the Urban Legends website is just an outgrowth of #6 on the list...?
     -- Anonymous     
    Yes, the "Rules" as they are commonly known have been unverifiable since they were first passed around. It's probably better to just go to the source -- The Communist Manifesto.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    entertaining, but obviously right wing propaganda. what of these rules? are we not living all of these rules? where is our revolution?
     -- andi, bakersfield, ca     
    I am glad this quote is included in this source and equally glad for the notation about the lack of verifiable source material... equally important is the advice to simply read the comunist manifesto. As a verifiable source it backs up the simplified "rules".
     -- miki, P-cola     
    Roger Baldwin of the ACLU could have written it. He certainly advocated the implementation of it. Through the ACLU he has done a good job of getting much of it done.
     -- warren, olathe     
    I would just call them Rules for Revolution, since we don't know who will profit from them national or international socialism
     -- dina, houston     
    Nikita Kruschef years ago pounded his shoe on a podium and said that they (Communist) would take over from within without firing a shot. They certainly appear to have achieved their goal. The next question is, what is comming next. If a revolutionary plan is used to disrupt a contry's stability, it certainly leave us vulnerable for attack from outsiders. Besides these outdated thoughts let us not forget who has gotten most a Americas manufacturing jobs! Communist China! Make no mistake America, Communism has a strangle hold on our nation. We all would do well to prepare to defend ourself. Our government has fallen into the hands of communist though they don't openly say so.
     -- Kevin     
    This is exactly what is taking place now in America. It is as if the communist have been in control of America for the last 40 years. I can see a revolution in the very near future but it won't be coming from the people. There are now Presidential Executive Orders that can be enacted by the president if a national emergency is declared and martial law is brought in. This will void our Constitution. If this ever takes place there will be a revolt by the people.
     -- Orrie, New Jersey     
    I have an autographed book all should read. MASTERS of DECEIT by J.Edgar Hoover if you want to know how they overthrough a Gov. Inch by inch.
     -- Lindsay, Salisbury Md.     
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