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Remember Karl Marx for the many things he got wrong

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Remember Karl Marx for the many things he got wrong

On Saturday, admirers of Karl Marx celebrated his 200th birthday. Marx didn’t make it to 200, but the ideas he injected into the global conversation and the ideologies that bear his name far outlasted the German economist and philosopher.

As socialist ideas grow in popularity in the U.S., and as the memory of the Cold War fades, respect for Marx is enjoying a bit of a resurgence. In the New York Times, philosophy professor Jason Barker declared that Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement are carrying on Marx’s legacy of social critique. Meanwhile, writing at the Week, Ryan Cooper said it was time to normalize the man many consider to be the founder of communism.

But something about this celebration of Marx sits uneasily. For those who have read history or lived through the 20th century, it’s hard to forget the tens of millions of people who starved to death under Mao Zedong; the tens of millions purged, starved or sent to gulags by Joseph Stalin; or the millions slaughtered in Cambodia’s killing fields. Even if Marx himself never advocated genocide, these stupendous atrocities and catastrophic economic blunders were all done in the name of Marxism. From North Korea to Vietnam, 20th century communism always seem to result in either crimes against humanity, grinding poverty or both. Meanwhile, Venezuela, the most dramatic socialist experiment of the 21st century in a nation with the world’s largest oil reserves, is in full economic collapse.

So although Marx was far-sighted in identifying some of the problems of capitalism, he got the solution very wrong. Remembering this is the best way to commemorate his birthday.

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They must be having birthday parties at the universities for this guy, it's what they get brainwashed with.

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Mistake like, To make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Doesn't seem to know the difference between human feelings / life from eggs.

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

Mistake like, To make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Doesn't seem to know the difference between human feelings / life from eggs.

So you're pro-choice?  

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Just curious - how many in this thread have read any of Marx's works? One would never criticize or mock a writer he has never read, now would he? :huh: 

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Well, very few people make it to 200, about zero as a matter of fact. Right wingers always

claim to be for personal responsibility, so the person responsible for the actions of Joe Stalin

was Joe Stalin, not Marx. Nobody blames Christ for all the killings that took place in his name.

So why blame Marx?

 

Uncle Joe has been downgraded as a man of succinct and witty sayings as most of his best

known ones are apocryphal, though The Pope, how many divisions does he have? is still

regarded as actually coming from Stalin.

 

  • "omlets are not made without breaking eggs" first appeared in English in 1796. It is from the French, "on ne saurait faire d'omelette sans casser des œufs" (1742 and earlier), attributed to François de Charette.
  • In the context of the Soviet Union, Time magazine attributes it to Lazar Kaganovich.
  • Walter Duranty associated with Stalin in the New York Times.
    • "But – to put it brutally – you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and the Bolshevist leaders are just as indifferent to the casualties that may be involved in their drive toward socialization as any General during the World War who ordered a costly attack in order to show his superiors that he and his division possessed the proper soldierly spirit. In fact, the Bolsheviki are more indifferent because they are animated by fanatical conviction."
    • Walter Duranty, Special Cable to The New York Times, The New York Times, New York, March 31, 1933, page 13.

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1 hour ago, Vautrin said:

Well, very few people make it to 200, about zero as a matter of fact. Right wingers always

claim to be for personal responsibility, so the person responsible for the actions of Joe Stalin

was Joe Stalin, not Marx. Nobody blames Christ for all the killings that took place in his name.

So why blame Marx?

Great point,  but I'm still blaming JC for all the deaths caused by the Crusades.      Oh,  and the Spanish Inquisition.

And,,,,, oh the list is way too long!  

PS: Oddly 'Spanish Inquisition' was the first thing shown by Google when I entered Spanish,,,   which makes me think their search engine 'linked' Crusades and the Inquisition,  since I first searched for Crusades,  wow,  that is impressive).

  

 

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5 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Great point,  but I'm still blaming JC for all the deaths caused by the Crusades.      Oh,  and the Spanish Inquisition.

And,,,,, oh the list is way too long!  

PS: Oddly 'Spanish Inquisition' was the first thing shown by Google when I entered Spanish,,,   which makes me think their search engine 'linked' Crusades and the Inquisition,  since I first searched for Crusades,  wow,  that is impressive).

  

 

Even Jesus didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition. 

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