Monday, February 13, 2017
Karl Marx: A Good for Nothing Power Luster
I have a new article on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation on, “Economic Ideas: Karl Marx, the Man Behind the Communist Revolution.”
A specter continues to haunt the world, the specter of Karl Marx. It is not that many in the world want to once more dance to the old Soviet-style tune of political dictatorship and comprehensive socialist central planning. But it is the case that Marx’s influence continues to pervade the presumptions about the evils of capitalism and the “progressive” vision of the interventionist-welfare state. It is also the case that his ideas inspired the destructive and deadly reality of “socialism-in-practice” in many parts of the world in the twentieth century.
What I attempt to explain in this first of several parts on Karl Marx and Marxism is “Marx the man.” He turns out to have been very far from the noble figure of someone selflessly toiling away for the liberation of “the masses” from injustice and exploitation.
He was a good-for-nothing power-luster, who had contempt for both friend and foe. He was a spiteful and manipulative man filled with a sharp and cruel tongue that was often heavily laden with racist and anti-Semitic slurs. He was a slovenly and crude man who slept with the family maid; she bore him an illegitimate son that he refused to recognize, and then got his lifetime friend and collaborator, Fredrick Engels to claim its parentage to save himself from any of the social embarrassment.
Hateful and vindictive, he wrote the playbook of ideological and revolutionary strategy that Vladimir Lenin followed in bringing communism to power in Russia, putting to rest the myth of the misunderstood and humane Marx that Lenin and the Bolsheviks got wrong.
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