Happy birthday to Karl Marx, the father of communism and hero to totalitarians and villains the world over!
Let’s take a look at Karl’s legacy:
Marx believed in a socialist society where the state owned the means of production, and everything was distributed equally among the people. Not surprisingly, regimes that follow Marxist ideology have suppressed dissent, brutalized their citizens, and caused millions of deaths.
It’s almost like people have free will, and don’t go willingly along with the so-called “equal” distribution of the fruits of their time, talents, and labor.
Under Stalin’s rule in the Soviet Union, millions of people were sent to labor camps where they were subjected to torture, starvation, and death. The Gulag system was infamous for its inhumane treatment of prisoners, where forced labor and extreme conditions resulted in the deaths of scores of innocents. In addition to the labor camps, Stalin’s policies of collectivization and forced industrialization caused widespread famine, leading to the deaths of millions of people.
In Mao’s Marxist China, the Great Leap Forward similarly caused the deaths of millions. The government’s policies of agricultural collectivization, forced labor, and industrialization led to widespread famine. Estimates of the death toll there range from 18 million to 45 million people.
In North Korea, human rights violations abound with accounts from defectors of forced labor, torture, and extrajudicial killings. Cuba has a dismal human rights record, with its censorship, arbitrary detention, and mistreatment of prisoners. (I’ll say it again—you never hear of people building rafts out of trash and braving shark-infested waters to escape capitalism!) And in Venezuela, the government’s socialist policies have led to economic collapse, shortages of basic goods and services, and assaults on basic human rights and dignity.
What’s even more concerning is that Marxist ideas have snuck into mainstream American programs and schools under the guise of so-called social justice and progress.
Critical Race Theory (CRT), Intersectionality, The 1619 Project, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs are all rooted in Marxism. These ideas promote a divisive and discriminatory worldview, where everyone is judged based on their group identity rather than their individual merit.
Way to go Karl. What a legacy.
The only way I can think of to properly commemorate Marx, on what would be his 205th birthday, is to remind everyone of the fruits of his labor, and give Tuttle Twins fans a discount on our book that features him.
The Tuttle Twins Guide to Modern Villains contains biographies of some of the worst human rights abusers in modern history, and shares cautionary tales that help kids understand how tyrants come to power.
In fact, if you click here, you can get our bundle of guidebooks for 25% off.
Unfortunately, Marx’s ideas don’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Each generation seems to find ways to revive and rebrand his anti-human, and anti-prosperity brand of societal organization while dismissing its track record as, “not real” communism or socialism.
But what the despots and would-be tyrants haven’t ever had to contend with before is an army of activated and educated parents who are determined to raise kids who are too smart to fall for it.
Marx is long-dead and buried. It’s time for his ideas to join him.
You’re gonna win. And we’re here to help.