Marx inspired one of the most malevolent spasms of evil in human history --
and that may very well have been his goal.

Happy birthday, Karl Marx:
We could have done without the millions dead

by Tristan Hopper, National Post, Apr 12, 2018

On Saturday [May 5] Karl Marx [born 1818] turns 200 years old. A [Jewish] German dissident who spent most of his days in exile, Marx devoted his life to the notion that a literal heaven-on-earth was just a revolution away. Instead, he ended up inspiring one of the most prolonged epics of suffering in modern history. Amazingly, this seems to have done very little to tarnish Marx's apparently Teflon reputation. He just got a fawning biopic. He got glowing birthday wishes in the NEW YORK TIMES*. And this weekend, EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will be unveiling a statue of the man in Marx's hometown of Trier, Germany. Europe already had plenty of statues of Marx, although you might not know it because a lot of them got pulled down in the late 1980s. Here's a quick reminder why people would have felt the need to do that.

Yes, the communist terror is Marx's fault

In the understated words of writer Jonathan Chait, "the fact that every communist country in world history quickly turned into a repressive nightmare is kind of important". Since 1917, whenever a country has tried to turn itself into a Marxist utopia, it's only a matter of time before a whole lot of people are starving, imprisoned or shot. Indeed, just as the Titanic required 1,500 dead to become history's most famous ship, Marx required epic spasms of bloodshed to become history's most famous thinker. Without the Russian Revolution (and the revolutions it spawned) Marx would be "a not very important nineteenth-century philosopher", wrote biographer Alan Ryan. A scientist would look at communism's lengthy record of failure and conclude that the initial theory was obviously flawed. Despite this, the view persists that Marx's ideas are still valid and have zero relation to the scores of mass graves created in his name. "It would be like blaming Jesus for the (Spanish) Inquisition", reads a typical online retort. However, Marx was quite clear that he wanted his followers to impose his sweeping ideas on society using force. "The Communists openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions", reads one of the last lines of THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO. All the horrors that follow ultimately sprang from this core belief.

Millions murdered

Marx may well have had some prescient critiques about capitalism, but in the words of author Andrew McAfee "there are so many thinkers about economics and technology who haven't inspired mass murder and inhuman states". The BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM, published by European scholars in 1997, estimates that Communist governments killed 94 million people in the 20th century. There are no explicit calls for mass murder in Marx's writings, but he was very enthusiastic about all the ingredients that made such atrocities possible. It was Marx who endorsed a "dictatorship of the proletariat" to remake society using "despotic inroads" if necessary. It was Marx who sought to tear down any existing power structures that could check the rise of a revolutionary tyrant. And it was Marx who taught that there were no such thing as "excesses" in a revolution, and that "hated individuals" should be sacrificed to "popular revenge". It shouldn't be all that surprising that so many of Marx's followers interpreted his writings as a blank cheque on killing. Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin once told the writer Maxim Gorky that while be loved Beethoven, he could not listen to music too often, since it baffled him to hear beauty created by people who did not realize they lived in "a filthy hell". "They ought to be beaten on the head, beaten mercilessly, although ideally we are against doing any violence to people", Lenin added.

Millions starved

The famines engineered under Communism are utterly staggering. Not only are they among the largest in history, but they were often entirely man-made. The Irish Potato Famine, which killed 1.5 million, was a natural disaster made worse by government negligence. The tens of millions who starved to death in Ukraine, China and North Korea did so in spite of fertile soil, healthy crops and good weather. In China alone, Mao Zedong's GREAT LEAP FORWARD of misguided agricultural reforms resulted in 45 million premature deaths. Incredibly, even during the worst depths of the catastrophe, Mao continued to export large quantities of food in order to keep up the fiction that his Marxist experiment was working. In the book MAO'S GREAT FAMINE, historian Frank Dikotter wrote that the architects of the Chinese disaster were able to justify their actions because they "shared an ideology in which the end justified the means". This notion comes up often in communist history, and has many parallels in Marx's writings. As Marx wrote in 1848, "there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror".

Millions imprisoned

At their height, gulags in the Soviet Union held five million people. Meanwhile, the North Korean labour camps they inspired are still open, killing untold thousands through starvation and exhaustion. THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO dismisses human rights as "bourgeois freedom". The whole point of communism, after all, was a classless, stateless communal society where the concept of rights would be irrelevant. Marx even believed that families were a "disgusting" bourgeois invention that would vanish as soon as his utopia came to pass. "To the Marxist, both the concept of liberty and the idea of human rights are the specific expressions of a bourgeois society that is on the verge of collapse", wrote Leszek Kolakowski, a Polish critic of Marxist thought. Marx never personally opened a gulag, of course, but he was well-known for his utter intolerance to dissent. "Everyone who contradicted him, he treated with abject contempt; every argument that he did not like he answered either with biting scorn at the unfathomable ignorance that had prompted it, or with opprobrious aspersions upon the motives of him who had advanced it", reads one oft-quoted description of Marx from a contemporary. He referred to democracy as "vulgar" and angrily broke with fellow radicals when they abandoned his sweeping visions in order to pursue more realistic goals such as universal suffrage and limits on the working day. In Marx's words, these were merely bourgeois attempts to "bribe the workers by more or less concealed alms and to sap their revolutionary vigour". Marx's intolerance made him a prickly old man with a lightly attended funeral. But in the hands of the dictators he inspired, that same intolerance would spawn unspeakable crimes against humanity.

Oppression for everyone else

One of the better Communist countries to live was East Germany. It had no famines, no gulags and -- as the wealthiest nation in the Soviet sphere -- its citizens could even buy poor-quality cars and jeans. And yet, East Germany kept order with one of the most ruthlessly oppressive secret police forces ever devised, and by regularly shooting people trying to leave its borders. Of course, in all its 51 years of piling up bodies and brutalist apartment blocks, East Germany got nowhere close to achieving the classless, stateless utopia that its citizens were promised. Life under communism was to "live within a lie", famously wrote the Czech dissident Vaclav Havel. The excesses of communism have often been justified with the 19th century expression that "you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs". But as Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky once said, he "had seen the broken eggs, but no one he knew had ever tasted the omelette".

And the guy was a hypocrite

The Soviet Union had once claimed that they were building a society of "New Men"; selfless, educated, disciplined supermen who would usher the world into true communism. Marx fit none of these descriptors. He was a child of privilege who spent his teen years drunkenly ploughing through family money. He kept a poorly paid housekeeper, got her pregnant, and then disowned the child. And despite being pretty confident that he understood the destiny of the working man, he never held down a labour job or visited a factory. Apologists for Marx often hold that his vision of utopia is still good, but has failed only because it keeps getting perverted by the flawed men who tried to implement it. Human flaws had been a major worry for many of the revolutionary theorists who preceded Marx. In both France and the United States, thinkers had agonized over how to build equitable governments without accidentally handing power to tyrants. But Marx generally refused to consider human nature a factor; his revolutions couldn't be hijacked by despots because communism was inevitable. For a guy who couldn't even be bothered to take care of his own kids, Marx had a tragic amount of faith in the desire of humanity to drop everything and fulfill his vision of a perfect world.

Happy birthday, Karl Marx: We could have done without the millions dead, by Tristan Hopper, May 3, 2018

MarxStatueUnveil Marx's birth town celebrates anniversary with new statue, UK Northern Echo, May 5, 2018
A larger than life statue of communist philosopher Karl Marx has been unveiled on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the German town of Trier. The celebratory uncovering of the 14ft statue of Marx, donated by China, has sparked criticism by some who blame Marx for crimes committed by social revolutionaries in Russia, China and elsewhere in the name of communism. About 200 guests, including a delegation from China, applauded during the anniversary celebrations, when a bright red cover was lifted from the statue which depicts Marx with a frock and his signature bushy beard....The revolutionary thinker was born in Trier on May 5 1818 and lived there until he was 17 years old.... He died in London in 1883 The ceremony and speeches in Trier were at times disturbed by the shouting and whistling of different groups of nearby protesters.... When Germany was divided after the end of the Second World War, the eastern part was under communist rule from 1949 until the country's reunification in 1990. Some East Germans say they still suffer from the long-term effects of the communist regime's suppression and violence against its critics...

MarxChinaWorship With celebrations starting Friday in Beijing, China is making the bicentennial part of a drive to reinvigorate its communist heritage, and underpin its growing global clout. Festivities include an official tribute at the Great Hall of the People and a documentary series by China's state broadcaster titled "Marx Is Right". In Trier, visitors can marvel at an art installation of 500 Karl Marx gnome-like figurines -- in two shades of red -- at the city's Roman gate, while sipping a Moselle wine named "Das Kapital" for the occasion. The celebrations dovetail with Xi's bid to expand the party's influence as he pushes through sweeping changes in China's political system, military, economy and education sector. Having cast off presidential term limits, he says "the party leads everything" and is trying to promote Marxism as a plank of foreign policy, notably in countries like Vietnam and Laos. China's top officials need to "grasp the power of the truth of Marxism" and view the party as the heir of the "spirit of the Communist Manifesto", Xi told a Politburo session on April 23... In Marx's birthplace, the bicentennial is more about history and hospitality. City leaders hope for a tourism boost after the 5.5 meter tall statue is unveiled on Saturday in the presence of German cabinet members (though not Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany). European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will kick off the festivities with a speech in Trier on Friday.

MarxEuroDollar Karl Marx's 200th birthday bash will feature a gift from the Chinese government, NationalPost, May 4, 2018
The city of Trier, Germany -- the home town of Karl Marx -- will be holding a party for the philosopher-economist's birthday complete with a gift from China. Large crowds are expected attend the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth. The celebrations this weekend will feature speeches, demonstrations and the unveiling of a statue funded by the Chinese government... Residents of the city, which was part of capitalist West Germany after World War II, "have long been a bit ashamed about Marx", said city spokesman Michael Schmitz, who has played host to Chinese state television and six reporters from the state-run Xinhua News Agency. "We are aware of the fact that this is part of a larger Marx revival in China", Schmitz said.

MarxYouWereRight *Happy Birthday Karl Mars. You Were Right!, by Jason Barker, New York Times, Apr 30, 2018
On May 5, 1818, in the southern German town of Trier, in the picturesque wine-growing region of the Moselle Valley, Karl Marx was born... As we reach the bicentennial of Marx's birth, what lessons might we draw from his dangerous and delirious philosophical legacy? What precisely is Marx's lasting contribution? Today the legacy would appear to be alive and well. Since the turn of the millennium countless books have appeared, from scholarly works to popular biographies, broadly endorsing Marx's reading of capitalism and its enduring relevance to our neoliberal age.... The transition to a new society where relations among people, rather than capital relations, finally determine an individual's worth is arguably proving to be quite a task. Marx, as I have said, does not offer a one-size-fits-all formula for enacting social change. But he does offer a powerful intellectual acid test for that change. On that basis, we are destined to keep citing him and testing his ideas until the kind of society that he struggled to bring about, and that increasing numbers of us now desire, is finally realized. See STALIN'S LIAR NEW YORK TIMES

watch Communist Karl Marx statue in London Cemetary, YouTube (Ahead of Karl Marx's 200th birthday we take a tour around Highgate cemetery, the final resting place of the father of communism and other prominent lefties. It could be the most communist graveyard in the UK, but there is just one problem...)

watch Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels monuments in Germany (The two fathers of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, are controversial figures in Germany. There are nevertheless many monuments dedicated to them throughout the country....)

MarxLondonTour Explore Marx's London (Having lived in London from 1849 until his death in 1883, the capital city features a wealth of famous Marx hot spots; from the room where Marx penned Das Kapital, to the pub where Marx and Engels first discussed The Communist Manifesto...)

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JFKBerlinIchBin JFKBerlinCrowd JFK ICH BIN EIN BERLINER SPEECH (...There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin! There are some who say that Communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin! And there are some who say, in Europe and elsewhere, we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin! And there are even a few who say that it's true that Communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. 'Lasst sie nach Berlin kommen.' Let them come to Berlin! Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us....)

JFKalbumCover JFK OPPOSED COMMUNNIST CONSPIRACY (...We are opposed, around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; its mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed....)

Marx Face Lenin Face Trotsky Face Stalin Face GOLDSTEIN CONSPIRACY IN 1984 (...Goldstein's was a lean Jewish face, with a great fuzzy aureole of white hair and a small goatee beard -- a clever face, and yet somehow inherently despicable, with a kind of senile silliness in the long thin nose, near the end of which a pair of spectacles was perched... Big Brother is watching you -- the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features...)

BeachyEastbournePier EastbournePier BeachyHeadLightHouse ORWELL WALKS WILLINGDON DOWNS (...Retrace your steps to Eastbourne's Grand Parade.... Opposite the delightful Victoria pier there is still a hotel on the corner and here at number 4 was Friedrich Engels' holiday home on his regular visits to England. Maybe when Karl Marx and his family came to visit him from June to July 1881 they also stayed here as Engels' guests. The twin founders of Communism had worked together on the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Engels was a great financial supporter of Marx who was frequently reduced to great poverty and possibly the main purpose of Marx's visit only two years before his death, was to improve his health.... After Engel's death in 1895, in accordance with his last request, Friedrich Engels' ashes were scattered in the sea off Beachy Head...)

Lenin Face LeninBust BJ Putin Time LENIN MAO MOCK CANADA OLYMPICS (...This prevalance of statues of Communists -- instead of statues of anti-Communists -- in countries of the so-called "free-world" is something that bothers me greatly. Recently, here in the province of British Columbia, Canada where I live, they erected an 8,000-lb statue of a couple of Marx's disciples, ie Lenin and Mao...Jackie Jura 2010)

Puppet Orwell Puppet Marx ORWELL ARCH ENEMY OF MARX

OrwellFriend Common Marx Statue ORWELL COMMON FRIEND TRESSELL (...It's ironic -- anti-Communist and anti-Marxist as Orwell and Common were -- that Common's forehead was used as a model for the statue of Karl Marx that sits on Marx's London grave.... Speaking of Marx and Communism, it's timely that you're reading Orwell's HOMAGE TO CATALONIA because it was there, during the Spanish Civil War in 1937, that Orwell saw, and personally experienced, the evil of Communism in alliance with Capitalism. The writing of HOMAGE TO CATALONIA almost destroyed Orwell's health -- on top of his being shot through the neck in Spain and barely escaping Stalin's KGB there). Added to that was the stress of finding a publisher to print HOMAGE TO CATALONIA because anything anti-Communist or anti-Stalin was being suppressed by the right-wing-owned left-wing press (my term) in England....Jackie Jura 2010)


OrwellPlaqueZoeStand ORWELL'S BOOKLOVERS CORNER (...Our next destination was to a different area of London and a different time period in Orwell's life. We travelled by underground to Hampstead where Orwell lived from October 1934 to January 1936, when he was thirty-two years old.... After getting off the underground we strolled leisurely down the High Street of Hampstead which is a very trendy area full of unique shops and cafes and interesting-looking flats and houses. Zoe noticed in the A to Z that a nearby park had a statue of Karl Marx "if we wanted to go and see". I almost choked on my ice-cream cone and told her I'd much prefer going to see a statue of George Orwell - one of England's greatest writers - than of an author no one's read but everyone talks about, and who was the figurehead of a political system Orwell spent the last fifteen years of his life actively opposing. But to this date there are no statues of Orwell...Jackie Jura 2003)

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