Sunday night, the Manchester International Festival ended with a celebration of 19th century German Marxist, Friedrich Engels. Though Manchester was home to Engels for two decades, all traces of the co-author of 'The Communist Manifesto'' had been eradicated in the 171 years since his death.
That is, until artist Phil Collins located an old Soviet era statue of Engels in a town just northeast of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The neglected statue was found sawed in half and lying face down in the dirt. According to a recent article in “Manchester Evening News,” Collins spent months searching former Soviet States for a statue or relic of the iconic socialist thinker. Upon discovering the enormous two-ton cement statue, he arranged for its transport it to Manchester and the unveiling during the iconic cultural ceremony.
Today on “Pat & Stu,” Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed the fallacy of honoring Engels, the co-inventor of communism, who along with Carl Marx was responsible for at least a hundred million dead people in the 20th century.
Stu compared communism to fascism. “They are both left-wing phenomenon. The issue is that they [left-wing journalists] have successfully been able to frame Fascism as a right-wing movement. So they vilify it, which is really amazing.”