The Children of Karl Marx

 

Ever wonder what happened to the children of the lead promoter of Communism, the guy who penned the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx? They are alive and well today – Living free right here in the land of Capitalism.

Approximately 37 percent of our young people think Socialism is a new and swell idea. This alarming statistic shouldn’t really surprise us. After all, when you think about it, socialism is all the young people have ever known.

While in their parental homes, they lived in a socialist system: everything was given to them: food, shelter, work assignments, healthcare, an allowance, a cell phone, maybe a car.  They very likely had no idea the costs of these “entitlements” and might even think they were “free” because they were, indeed, free to them.

In the past, young people usually started questioning this system as they entered the restless teen years. That’s around the time a young person begins to see his socialist nest is also a totalitarian one. “You live in my house; you go by my rules,” dictators up and down the street decreed.

They start to realize all this good stuff, this good “free” stuff, does have a price: independence.

So, they go off into the world, with the clothes their parents bought them, with the computer and cell phone their parents furnished, driving the car that was given to them.

And everything is dandy until they need more money.

At that point, they have to make a decision. Find a way of making money or find someone who will give them more free stuff. Get a job or find another mommy and daddy.

Enter the Progressive Pied Pipers with their ideas that government should be in loco parentis.

“I’m not a Communist” these tricksters will say. Communist is Putin and Putin is bad. “I’m not a Socialist,” they will shout. “I’m a Democratic Socialist,” they claim.

But wait, didn’t the Russian revolution start with something called the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party? Never mind that. That’s history, dead history, literally for the millions who stood in the way of the Brave New Utopia. Hundreds of millions globally. Besides… Free healthcare! Free tuition! Free money!

The young people rallying behind Sanders, Casio-Cortez, Beta, Warren, and these other “beneficial benefactors”, were not taught history – especially why statism, whatever mask it is using – Communism, Socialism, National Socialism or Democratic Socialist – is nothing more than oppression with a good press agent.

Our young people have never been told, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”

Our youth is vulnerable now more than ever. We were outraged when cigarette companies targeted the young as a market for their harmful products, but politicians promising free stuff? Not a peep. I’m surprised the statistic comes in at only 37 percent!

Sadly, they will probably learn the true cost of unfettered statism only when it is too late to turn back to freedom.

So, what happened to the humans Karl Marx sired, his actual children?  Four died in childhood, probably from complications of malnourishment. Marx, the man who united the workers, didn’t want to do much work himself preferring to pen a manifesto and many, many defenses of his theory the world laughed at.

Two of the daughters who survived childhood died by their own hand in despair and disillusion.

As does Socialism eventually.

Trouble is, Socialism kills a lot of people before it collapses in on itself.

But that’s only history.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Well done! And tragic, too.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    LillianGonnell:

    Trouble is, Socialism kills a lot of people before it collapses in on itself.

    But that’s only history.

    Right from the start. Of course, things like socialism without using that name were tried long before Marx. They never worked before him. They have never worked since. (At least not outside a family or small religious group.)

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  3. She Reagan
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    LillianGonnell:

    So, what happened to the humans Karl Marx sired, his actual children? Four died in childhood, probably from complications of malnourishment. Marx, the man who united the workers, didn’t want to do much work himself preferring to pen a manifesto and many, many defenses of his theory the world laughed at.

     Two of the daughters who survived childhood died by their own hand in despair and disillusion.

    So terribly sad.  Father so busy saving the world that he couldn’t take care of what needed to be done at home to keep his family nourished and safe.  I think that’s a “tell” of a good socialist, also.

    The four girls of Karl and Jenny Marx all had the first name of “Jenny.”  (Shades of George Foreman).  The oldest used “Jenny” as her name (died of cancer at 38).  The other two (one committed suicide with her husband, the other on her own), used their middle names.  Marx’s two sons from his marriage (and one, generally believed to be his with the housekeeper), did not have “Karl” as any part of their names.  Odd.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    She (View Comment):
    So terribly sad. Father so busy saving the world that he couldn’t take care of what needed to be done at home to keep his family nourished and safe. I think that’s a “tell” of a good socialist, also.

    Like Bernie?

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  5. namlliT noD Member
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    “Gee, it’s a drag about your old man.” — Jazz trumpet player Chet Baker…

    … after performing a set with pianist Romano Mussolini.

    It’s a great story, described by @keithsf  in Quote of the Day: With Sympathy.

    And by Mark Steyn in He Made the Refrains Run on Time.

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  6. Doctor Robert Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    “Gee, it’s a drag about your old man.” — Jazz trumpet player Chet Baker…

    … after performing a set with pianist Romano Mussolini.

    It’s a great story, described by @keithsf in Quote of the Day: With Sympathy, and by Mark Steyn in He Made the Refrains Run on Time.

     

     

    Read Mark Steyn’s piece.  It’s beautiful at the end.

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  7. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    “Gee, it’s a drag about your old man.” — Jazz trumpet player Chet Baker…

    … after performing a set with pianist Romano Mussolini.

    It’s a great story, described by @keithsf in Quote of the Day: With Sympathy, and by Mark Steyn in He Made the Refrains Run on Time.

     

     

    Read Mark Steyn’s piece. It’s beautiful at the end.

    The ending was good but the insult in the middle was my runaway favorite. 

    If you want to escape the sins of the father, going into jazz is a smart move: unlike men bent on world domination, which by definition obliges one to keep an eye on the far horizon, not least when posing for official portraits, the jazz scene tends to the self-absorbed. Half these fellows are barely cognizant of what continent they’re on, never mind who’s oppressing it.

    Nice to know celebrities never change. 

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