May Day, m’aidez, Marx @ 200

Being May Day and all, I thought I would jump in early to remind everyone that Karl himself will have his 200th birthday on Saturday. And in looking online to see how the celebrations will be going, I came across this which captures my sentiments exactly: Why Is the EU Celebrating Karl Marx’s Birthday?

The evil ideology known as communism left a track record of unimaginable horror. Experts estimate that 100 million people were killed by Marxist regimes.

Some were murdered. Other starved to death because of the pervasive economic failure of communism.

Yet there are dupes and apologists who overlook all this death and misery.

One of them is Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission. A few days from now, this über-bureaucrat will help celebrate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx.

The European Commission President will travel to Trier, Germany, where he will give a speech to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth. …The Commission President will give a speech at the opening ceremony of the Karl Marx exhibition in the city. …The chief eurocrat’s trip has received critics, who have suggested the 63-year-old forgetting how Marx’s “warped ideology” led to millions of deaths across the world. Ukip MEP and the party’s former leader Paul Nuttall said: “It is appalling that Jean-Claude Juncker feels it necessary to commemorate a man whose ideology—Marxism/Communism—led to more than 100 million deaths. …Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski…, who as a seven-year-old boy fled to Britain with his family from the Communist regime in Poland, said Mr. Juncker should reject any invitations to commemorate the event. He said: “I think it’s in very poor taste we have to remember that Marxism was all about ripping power and individual means away from people and giving to State. “Marxism led to the killing of millions around the world as it allowed a small band of fanatics to suppress the people we must learn the lessons from this and share with our children.”

It will be interesting to see how the celebrations go on Saturday. It does just seem that some people seek the furthest extremes, and that is the kind of political niche Marxists inhabit so that there is a Venezuela or Cuba in everyone’s potential future. Political inertia can be your friend, but once you fall into one of these socialist traps, it can take a long long long time to get back out.

NEW YORK TIMES UPDATE: This really is from The New York Times: Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!

And where we will also find these words:

While most are in agreement about Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism, opinion on how to treat its “disorder” is thoroughly divided. And this is where Marx’s originality and profound importance as a philosopher lies.

Proving once again that there is nothing so stupid that some intellectual won’t believe it.

MORE HERE: Marx at 200: Germany torn over revolutionary’s legacy.

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28 Responses to May Day, m’aidez, Marx @ 200

  1. classical_hero

    Celebrating the birth of a man whose ideology caused the death of millions. Wonderful idea.

  2. Singleton Engineer

    My wife’s family escaped both Hitler and Stalin to end up in Australia.

    I learned from my father-in-law, that to him socialist means socialista means communista. Hugo was a caring, honest, educated, civilised man.

    He helped me to understand things that I had not seen, including Marx, Engels, Stalin and all the rest. Not academically, but personally. Much of Marx’s bad reputation was due to Stalin, but Marx was no angel.

    I won’t be celebrating Marx’s birth, but it is a bit of a stretch to blame him for “the death of millions”. Others deserve stronger criticism.

  3. zyconoclast

    With deference to a notable other:

    Comrades!

  4. 2dogs

    May Day

    We really need to take over May 1 and make it a memorial day for communism’s 100 million dead.

  5. hzhousewife

    I met a lovely young man from Venezuela today. He is holding down a couple of part-time jobs and aims to get together fifteen hundred dollars to send to his mother, who has planned a route to Peru by bus, a 12 day journey, to escape Venezuela via Equador in order to stay with family friends. If I see him again I am giving him 50 bucks.

  6. Confused Old Misfit

    More Jordan B Peterson Retweeted Aristotelian
    Malia, M. (1999). “Foreword”. In S. Courtois; Kramer, M. The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. Harvard University Press. pp. ix–xx. ISBN 9780674076082 a grand total of victims variously estimated by contributors at between 85 & 100 million.

  7. Leo G

    A few days from now, this über-bureaucrat will help celebrate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx.

    The authoritarian caste that toils to produce nothing. Not a class act.

  8. NB

    Well, just like the death of Castro, this brings out the dupes. I wonder what the pope will say.

  9. NB

    2dogs says: ‘We really need to take over May 1 and make it a memorial day for communism’s 100 million dead.’
    Indeed.

  10. Up The Workers!

    Phooey!

    Wake me up when it’s Groucho’s birthday.

    Now that will be an occasion really worth celebrating!

  11. Motelier

    100 million people killed,

    and they are still trying to get it right.

    Be afraid people, be very very afraid, cos one day someone, somewhere will get it right and 100 000 000 will just be a drop in the bucket.

  12. Dr Fred Lenin

    The names of all who attend this foul celebration should be written down as candidates for Soviet and Nazi type work camps ,where they should spend the rest of rtheir lives emulating the victims of the credo they love , mthat would be justice

  13. Boris

    but it is a bit of a stretch to blame him for “the death of millions”.

    I tend to agree with Kates on this. We can debate how to descr8be Marx’s responsibility but at least indirectly we have seen the consequences of his ideology. The fact that there are still mainstream politicians (not just some cranks) that celebrate his legacy is a shame.

  14. iain russell

    I recall interviewing refugees from China in HK in the late 1970s. Wearing nothing but stained BVDs they were covered in gentian violet, applied by medical staff on their open wounds from the oyster beds they had walked through to escape. Luckily they were sent back to China so their surplus value wasn’t appropriated by evil capitalists. One fellow had no hands – he’d fallen from a pig train as it entered Hung Hom station. We sent him back three times, we were so concerned about his fate in the vicious world of capitalism.

  15. struth

    I take it they will be at Marx’s house.
    A pile of shit in a backstreet of Trier, which has so much more in Roman History to admire.
    Constantine’s western headquarters for a while.
    To go to Trier and be concerned about that skidmark of socialist stupidity, the angry confused wanker of the time, with high opinions of his own opinion, with envy and hatred in his every breath, will make those with half a brain realise he didn’t build anything.
    Not his own house.
    He wrecked everything.
    Yet in the same town, the great entrance and arenas of Rome still stand.
    He is the epitome of all the failings that leftism nurtures.
    A total and utter fuckwit.
    And here we have the head of the E.U. celebrating this sad fuck.

    When are we going to wake up to the fact that we are at war with the U.N. and the E.U. and all aspiring socialists and their never ending quest for world domination?

    It’s no conspiracy theory, they admit it, and the world is at a stage where they don’t try to hide it anymore.

  16. Mother Lode

    While most are in agreement about Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism

    Marx looked at the early industrial revolution – essentially just adding steam power to cottage industries – and extrapolated from that.

    As a man I don’t have any particular grievance with Marx. He was just fantastically wrong.

    He was just one of many cranks pumping out their theories at the time. Properly he should have been dropped and forgotten when he died.

    As an icon, and to that extent, enabler of the vicious thugs who put his theories into such malign and unconscionable practice he fully deserves to be reviled.

    But not as much as the thugs.

    And this celebration is of the icon (and attendant historical thugs) is grotesquely offensive.

    The Europeans really ought to look to their history and decide what they will fight to keep. The bureaucrats have chosen this.

    But then, there is one other characteristic of marxist societies that stands out – a love of rules, regulation, paperwork, and unflinchingly callous use of authority – in a word: bureaucracy.

  17. Chris M

    I saw the NYT article yesterday – saw the headline and (very) quickly skimmed it. It started quite glowing and I had assumed it was a joke and that it would go on to discuss the fallout with millions trapped in misery and poverty. Incredible, didn’t realise the writer actually 100% admires Marx doctrine and that the NYT actually published this.

    These people really really need to experience actual grinding reality of Marxism and spend time with others that have lived through it. I’m not sure if it is a mental disorder or what is wrong with them.

  18. struth

    The people of western nations are only just waking up to the unbelievable fact that it isn’t a foreign government at war with them, it is their own.

    Socialists, Marxists, communists, call them what you will, but leftism is always at war with freedom, and always will be.
    It can’t win a conventional war, so it wages it from within.

  19. struth

    There is a grubby little parasite who runs an art gallery in Arnhem land that tells visitors that the aboriginal culture is beautiful because they share everything, just as Jesus and Marx had intended.
    Seriously.
    And the group takes it in silence and lets him waffle on.
    That’s the difference between Australians and Americans and it will be the death of us.

  20. Blair

    “While most are in agreement about Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism,”
    Most of whom?

  21. Percy Porcelain

    He was just fantastically wrong

    About everything he ventured his worthless opinion on. The stupid vile smelly parasitic hippie deadshit’s (BIRM) “labour theory of value” is to coherent economic thought what the underpants gnomes’ business model is to running a successful commercial venture.

  22. ACTOldFart

    200 years, 100 million dead, thats only half a mill a year.

    To paraphrase an expert in these sorts of things, “One death is a tragedy, 100 million is necessary and affordable paving on the road to the workers’ paradise”

  23. May Day – origins and celebrations:

    The earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman Republic era, and with the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane, most commonly held on April 30. The day is a traditional summer holiday in many European pagan cultures. While February 1 is the first day of spring, May 1 is the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) is Midsummer.[3]

    As Europe became Christianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on which St. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated. The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and North America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.[4]

    Since the 18th century, many Roman Catholics have observed May – and May Day – with various May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary[5] In works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. 1 May is also one of two feast days of the Catholic patron saint of workers St Joseph the Worker, a carpenter, husband to Mother Mary, and surrogate father of Jesus.[6] Replacing another feast to St. Joseph, this date was chosen by Pope Pius XII in 1955 as a counterpoint to the communist International Workers Day celebrations on May Day.[6]

    In the late 20th century, many neopagans began reconstructing traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival.

    A festival of fun, love, pleasant expectations – until the communists corrupted and fucked it up!

  24. DrBeauGan

    struth
    #2700411, posted on May 2, 2018 at 7:28 am
    There is a grubby little parasite who runs an art gallery in Arnhem land that tells visitors that the aboriginal culture is beautiful because they share everything, just as Jesus and Marx had intended.
    Seriously.

    He’s right. Aborigines do share everything. That’s why they stayed in stasis for fifty thousand years or however long it was.

  25. JohnA

    May Day, m’aidez, Marx @ 200

    Or
    God help us, Marx was a disaster…?

  26. A statue of Marx is also being erected in Trier to celebrate the stinky sour kraut.
    So the left are tearing down statues of nation builders and erecting statues of destroyers, they really are the Western version of the Taliban.
    And please don’t try and pass off Marx as some well intentioned wrongologist, he was a genocidal twat, along with his mate;

    “Society is undergoing a silent revolution, which must be submitted to, and which takes no more notice of the human existences it breaks down than an earthquake regards the houses it subverts. The classes and the races, too weak to master the new conditions of life, must go under.” Marx

    “All the other large and small nationalities and peoples are destined to perish before long in the revolutionary world storm.” Engels

    There’s something seriously wrong with German genes.
    BTW, the death toll is more like 200 million+ and yes we should hold some kind of rally every May Day to commemorate this and rub it in the faces of the fascist fucktards who celebrate and proselytise this grotesque, envious, miserable ideology.

  27. NB

    struth says: ‘and the world is at a stage where they don’t try to hide it anymore.’
    and then ‘it isn’t a foreign government at war with them, it is their own’

    Three or so years ago I told a practical and successful businessman that Marx was alive and well in universities. ‘Oh, but I thought Marxism was dead,’ he said.
    Yes, it was doing a good job of hiding itself.
    No more. Since Nov 2016 Marxists have removed their disguises. While disturbing, it is probably a good thing that they reveal themselves.

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