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Marx - yeah, that’s the ticket (update)
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Among the fickle and foolish in Germany:
Sales of Kart Marx’s “Das Capital” have soared in Germany as a consequence of the financial crisis reported on Tuesday editor Jrn Schtrumpf from the newspaper "Neue Ruhr/Rhein Zeitung" (NRZ).

"Marx is back and is fashionable again”, said Schtrumpf, director of publishers Karl-Dietz form Berlin.
I've often commented on the short memory the public normally demonstrates. Apparently the lessons of the Wall and East Germany and the reason for them have already faded from some memories.

UPDATE: And apparently some Americans don't want to be left out of the rush back to Marx either.
But American communists think that the collapse of Wall Street and huge disillusionment among the public with the economy has put them on a roll.

"We receive more and more phone calls, we have more inquiries from people, we see an increase in interest," Della Piana said. "We hope to be part of the discussion. I can see a role for the Communist Party in this next period."

"The crisis' number one lesson: the market cannot regulate itself," he said. "Otherwise it goes out of control."
Unfortunately (but as expected) the CPUSA has accepted the spin that is being given this crisis and, as you'd expect, are going to exploit it.

I hate to burst their bubble, but I'm afraid I don't see a "role" for the Communist party in this "next period". However, I certainly do expect to see some of its most cherished ideals given a hearing and a possible test drive if a Pelosi/Reid/Obama triumvirate is calling the shots.
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I hear there’s a special new "Inaugural Day" paperback version with the following blubs:

"Taught me everything I know about economics!"—Bill Ayers

"Except that he was a Jew, one of the great writers of all time! Too bad he uses such big words, or I’d recommend it to all my congregation!"—Rev. Wright.

"An unfairly neglected giant. Can we still put his ideas into practice? Yes, we can! (But not now, because I’m still pretending to be a moderate.)"—Barack Obama.
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Plumbers of the world unite!
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It’s as if the entire 20th century never happened.
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East Germany was about as close to Marx’s vision as The USA has been to Adam Smith’s
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"It’s as if the entire 20th century never happened. "

The murder of 60-100 million is depressing. It’s better to forget about it. Human nature CAN change. We are New Men. Audacity of Hope. We can do it!

It will be different this time. I promise.
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Maybe the Left can bring back Stalin, and Mao, and Hitler.

And Obama can meet all of them without preconditions, as he is selling this country out to our nation’s enemies.
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The problem is, Marx’s vision was fantasy. True Marxism would never work, but you sure can kill millions trying to get there.
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