On this day, 14 March in 1883, the father of Socialism and Communism, Karl Heinrich Marx, died in London. His thought and societal cancer lives on, sadly and dangerously, in many people, political parties and countries today.
Marx’s most infamous contributions to political thought and literature were:
- The Communist Manifesto, his 1848 political pamphlet written with fellow traveller, Friedrich Engels, and commissioned by the Communist League just as the revolutions of 1848 across Europe began to erupt, and
- Das Kapital, his three-volume book (the first and most influential in 1867) critiquing then political economy and capitalism dominated by the eminent classicists of Smith, Say, Ricardo and Mill.
- On the Jewish Question, an anti-semitic book critical of the Jewish people and their financial successes
Marx theorised that capitalism exploited workers who should rise up across national boundaries and overthrow the “unjust and corrupt” system to deliver socialism (temporary state ownership and control of everything) and ultimately communism (where the workers would own and receive control of what the state would relinquish to them). History shows time and again that the “interim step” of socialism and central planning fails and that the leaders of big socialist states never relinquish their love and grip of complete power over the workers or “little people”.
Yet Marxists and their thought march on, with more recent and virulent strains like Cultural Marxism afflicting the West today. The cultural Marxist strain atomises and gaslights societies into a diverse and confused cluster of “oppressed identities” via identity politics.
Marx's flawed and destructive ideology has caused tragic revolution, death, starvation, dysfunction, ruin and misery over the last century – yet it still flourishes in left-wing political parties like the Greens and global organisations like the United Nations.
Recognise this last day (in 1883) of the original Marxist – the Father of Socialism and Communism – by:
- reflecting on the tragedy and disappointment that every Marxist regime delivers (e.g. in countries like China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba and Laos)
- read senator Cory Bernardi's critiques of the pervasion of Marxism, Socialism and Communism here and here
- build bridges with others today, taking a stand against Marxist “divide and conquer” tactics and/or
- sharing this post on social media, including with those less aware (or in need of reminding) of the ravages and misery of Marxism over the last 100 years.