When they’re praising Karl Marx’s manifesto on NPR, you know things have gotten bad.
NPR host Brooke Gladstone starts the segment saying, “There have been periodic spasms of resistance [to the free-market system], efforts of the disaffected to rouse themselves from the fever dream.”
She continues, “Often the instrument of that arousal is yet another doctrine, another piece of propaganda even older than the one it seeks to displace. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' slender volume appeared in 1848 for many of those betrayed by the so-called free market. In the years since, the pamphlet has offered refuge, inspiration, and argument.”
Levin, author of "American Marxism" and BlazeTV host of LevinTV, has a lot to say about this. He retorts: “Marx was a slouch. He was lazy; he lived off his father’s money. His father was a lawyer in Germany. He spent a lot of time in Britain. Friedrich Engels helped subsidize him. He played the British stock market. Believe it or not, he also wrote for a New York newspaper for about 12 years. He was a sit-on-your-ass revolutionary of sorts.”
Basically, Marx was a loser.
While most of us are aware of that, it seems the hosts at NPR are not. They continue effusively praising "The Communist Manifesto" while taking shots at capitalism, which, Mark points out, makes no sense.
He says “Communist China is communist, but it has to steal technological development from a capitalist society in order to advance its society, because on its own it’s not going to develop anything.”
Those who loathe the free market yet like all the shiny things that come with it don’t seem to understand the way the free market works.
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