Marxism has endured, and will continue to endure, because there will always be dumb crybabies who think they can make the world more fair by taking things away from people who are better than them. They (ahem) labor under misconceptions that most of us abandoned the first time we spent a dollar we’d earned ourselves. That’s why the following story is so funny.
HIGHGATE CEMETERY, LONDON—On a summer visit to the grave of Karl Marx, Ben Gliniecki found that he would have to pay £4, or about $6, to pay respects to the man who sounded the death knell for private property.
Mr. Gliniecki, a Marxist, said no.
“Personally, I think it is disgusting,” the 24-year-old political activist said. “There are no depths of irony, or bad taste, to which capitalists won’t sink if they think they can make money out of it…”
Harrumph! If there’s anything better than charging morons for their pilgrimage to worship Marx’s useless corpse, it’s listening to them whine about it.
But that’s not the best part. This is the best part (emphasis mine):
Interest in his legacy is gaining fresh legs in Britain following September’s election of Jeremy Corbyn, a self-described Marx admirer, as leader of the opposition Labour Party.
The day after Mr. Corbyn’s victory, Mr. Gliniecki sold 50 copies of the Socialist Appeal newspaper at a rally attended by the new Labour leader. Mr. Gliniecki says he would typically sell 20 to 30 copies at such a rally.
He sold them. He turned a profit. He engaged in capitalism.
And selling more things than usual is a sign of success.
Say… Why does Karl Marx have a headstone in the first place? Why wasn’t he buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave?