I am certain that no self-respecting Tea Party enthusiast would want to be associated with Karl Marx. And, I am equally certain that none has read anything by or about the infamous philosopher. Why should they? They are comfortable with their prejudices, inaccuracies, and illusions.
Moreover, none would believe that he agrees with them on the role of government, as revealed by something he wrote in 1875: “Freedom consists in converting the state from an organ superimposed upon society into one completely subordinated to it.” Sounds rather different from what one has come to believe about the “founder” of communism, doesn’t it? And, could you imagine a single, right-leaning American wanting to attribute any thought to Marx?
Any student of Marx will know that the German would recognize the slow death of the middle and lower “classes” in the United States. He understood how the wealthy exploit their power to worsen the plight of others for their benefit. Sound like Republicans not wanting to raise taxes on their own kind? Sound like the poor getting poorer? Old Karl saw and experienced all.
Anyone not wanting to set aside time to read the great man’s new biography can read the same review, from which I extracted the above quote. It will provide you with enough superficial knowledge to impress friends and anger any Fox News aficionado.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.