Karl Marx is known as the “Father of Communism.”
I’m not sure what Karl Marx was right about, but the writer of the NYT Op-Ed piece seems to fit a quote by another Marx, named Groucho:
Via Daily Wire.
On Monday, Kyung Hee University associate philosophy professor Jason Barker penned an op-ed for The New York Times celebrating Karl Marx’s birthday with this exciting headline: “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!”….
What, exactly, was Marx right about? According to Barker, he was right that “capitalism is driven by a deeply divisive class struggle in which the ruling-class minority appropriates the surplus labor of the working-class majority as profit.” But this is idiotic. Unless Marx could show involuntary removal of labor by the upper classes, there was no basis for the accusation of labor “appropriation”; that case still can’t be made in a free and open society. And as for Marx’s “prescient … conviction that capitalism has an inbuilt tendency to destroy itself,” that conviction isn’t prescient — it’s just true that Left-wing intellectuals have ginned up opposition to the free exchange of goods and services for political benefit….
Thinkers for all of time have looked for a way to transform the nature of humanity. They’ve all failed. Their attempts, at a collective level, have led to genocides and gulags. But so long as the dream of the new human being prevails, the whiff of death will never leave the pages of Marx.