August 18, 2020

IN CASE THE 100 MILLION DEAD DON'T SUFFICE:

Why Not Cancel Karl Marx? (Paul Kengor, August 18, 2020, American Spectator)

Karl Marx was, after all, a bigot. His attitude toward blacks and Jews alone (not to mention women) would stun Stonewall Jackson. Ugly racial-ethnic stereotypes by Marx are littered throughout his writings.

Consider how Marx spoke of his own son-in-law, Paul Lafargue, husband of his daughter Laura. Paul came from Cuba, born in Santiago, and Marx thus viewed him as marred by "Negro" blood and denigrated him as "Negrillo" or "the Gorilla." Karl never let up his ridicule of poor Paul. In November 1882, still 14 years after Lafargue and Laura married, Marx complained to Engels that "Lafargue has the blemish customarily found in the negro tribe -- no sense of shame, by which I mean shame about making a fool of oneself."

Marx had a friendly audience for such views in Friedrich Engels, his Communist Manifesto partner. Engels, a proud Darwinian, averred that Paul possessed "one-eighth or one-twelfth nigger blood." In 1887, Lafargue had been a political candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. In an April 1887 letter to Paul's wife, Engels cruelly opined, "Being in his quality as a nigger, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district."

It is no wonder that Marx's son-in-law had such low self-esteem. In fact, one day in November 1911, Paul ended it all. He killed himself in a suicide pact with Marx's daughter. In fact, two of Marx's daughters killed themselves in suicide pacts with their husbands.

Karl Marx freely dispensed with nasty epithets aimed not only at blacks but at Jews. Biographer Jonathan Sperber notes that Marx's correspondence is "filled with contemptuous remarks about Jews." Even his admiring biographer Francis Wheen, who habitually defends nearly everything about Marx, admits that he "sprayed anti-Semitic insults at his enemies with savage glee."

Of one contemporary, Marx blasted his "cynical, oily-obtrusive, phony-Baronial Jew-manners." Particularly loathsome to Marx was anyone he suspected of part Jewish and African roots. Marx referred to his fellow German socialist Ferdinand Lassalle as a "greasy Jew," "the little kike," "water-polack Jew," "Jew Braun," "Yid," "Izzy," "Wily Ephraim," "Baron Itzig," and "the Jewish Nigger." In a July 1862 letter to Engels, Marx confidently observed of Lassalle, "It is now perfectly clear to me that, as the shape of his head and the growth of his hair indicates, he is descended from the Negroes who joined in Moses' flight from Egypt." Lassalle's "cranial formation," detected Marx, was the giveaway. Marx did, however, allow for an exception: "unless his mother or grandmother on the father's side was crossed with a nigger." Marx chortled, "This union of Jew and German on a Negro base was bound to produce an extraordinary hybrid." He also hastened to add, "The fellow's importunity is also niggerlike."

One of Marx's worst expressions of anti-Semitism was his painful 1844 essay "On the Jewish Question."

"What is the worldly cult of the Jew?" asked Marx. His answer: "Haggling. What is his worldly god? Money." He growled, "Money is the jealous god of Israel before whom no other god may exist.... The bill of exchange is the actual god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange." The Jew, Marx snarled, had become "impossible." The German chillingly concluded, "The emancipation of the Jews, in the final analysis, is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism."

In his seminal edited volume on Karl Marx and religion, Saul Padover said that Marx -- who was, ironically, an ethnic Jew -- had "learned to despise and hate the people from whom he originated. This was an expression of what the Germans call Selbsthass (self-hate), a trait which Karl Marx displayed throughout his whole life." Padover was taken aback by "the extent and virulence of his anti-Semitism."

Karl Marx summed it up plainly in a letter to his longtime friend Arnold Ruge in 1843: "the Israelite faith is repulsive to me."



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