Monday, July 27, 2020

How Racist Was Karl Marx? You Wouldn't Believe It

We've looked at how Marx took sustenance from Engels' profiting off American slaves but it is not just that, or the hundred million killed in his name, that makes him so repulsive.
He was actually a nasty little man.
Here are a few of his comments, there are many more that we'll get to in the next couple months.
“The Jewish n****r Lassalle who, I’m glad to say, is leaving at the end of this week, has happily lost another 5,000 talers in an ill-judged speculation. The chap would sooner throw money down the drain than lend it to a ‘friend,’ even though his interest and capital were guaranteed. … It is now quite plain to me—as the shape of his head and the way his hair grows also testify—that he is descended from the negroes who accompanied Moses’ flight from Egypt (unless his mother or paternal grandmother interbred with a n****r). Now, this blend of Jewishness and Germanness, on the one hand, and basic negroid stock, on the other, must inevitably give rise to a peculiar product. The fellow’s importunity is also n****r-like.”
—Karl Marx, “Marx to Friedrich Engels in Manchester,” 1862
[apparently Karl thought Lassalle should have loaned Marx his money, very Marxist]
“What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. … Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man—and turns them into commodities. … The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. … The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general.”
—Karl Marx, “On the Jewish Question,” 1844

“Indian society has no history at all, at least no known history. What we shall call its history is but the history of the successive invaders who founded their empires on the passive basis of that unresisting and unchanging society.”
—Karl Marx, New York Daily Tribune, August 8, 1853
See also "Karl Marx, racist" at Amazon, 1 copy. used, for the decidedly non-Marxian price of  $846.59

And via JSTOR:

That's what I think of whenever I see the wannabe Commissars in Portland or Seattle or Oakland or...