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So when Karl Marx died — I know this is kind of hard to believe — they didn’t just shove him in a state-funded hole or cremate him and sprinkle his ashes over the Working Man’s Club. No, his friend Engels paid for him to have a big poncey tomb in the froo-froo Highgate Cemetery.

By the 1970s, there were no more burials in Highgate and, somehow or other, that meant no money was coming in. Surely a complete coincidence that the whole cemetery — but especially Marx’s tomb — fell into disrepair just about then and was picked apart by vandals. Now, here’s where it gets really weird — it turns out, groundskeepers won’t do their thing for free. You have to give them, like, money to look after stuff.

So a cooperative took over the running of the place in the Nineties (the Nineteen Nineties, remember them?) and began charging to see Marx’s tomb, with the moneys going to maintenance.

I guess the core of Marx’s philosophy must be: everything is free and nobody gets paid, because the little Marxlets are upset to fork out £4 to make the pilgrimage.

Not sure what is funnier: the guy who’s pissed at the fee because lately he’s doubled sales (a typo, surely) of his Marxist newspaper, so he knows people are super stoked about Communism. Or the picture of all those kidlets taking snapshots of the great man’s tomb with their i-Phones.

Thanks awfully to iamfelix for sending me a link to the article.


Comment from iamfelix
Time: October 28, 2015, 11:48 pm

You’re so welcome! 😀

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 29, 2015, 2:03 am

“From each according to his ability…” Surely some of these benighted pilgrims are capable of trimming hedges, raking leaves and paths, painting fences and light posts, etc. They can’t possibly all be crippled imbeciles, right?

“…to each according to his need.” So, who actually needs to see Marx’s tomb, anyway?

Comment from dissent555
Time: October 29, 2015, 11:52 am

That bust of Karl needs a Santa hat and a scarf. Just sayin’.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: October 29, 2015, 7:07 pm

It needs boils…Marx had boils all over his bottom.

Comment from Mark
Time: October 29, 2015, 9:23 pm

the only Marx I care for is Groucho

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 30, 2015, 2:40 am

Being a Marxist now, in 2015, after Communism put paid to 100 million or so last century, is like taking a trip to the International Space Station and coming back still insisting that the world is flat. Except most Flat Earthers don’t want to put people who say the Earth is round in death camps.

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