A Secret About Karl Marx That Most Communists Do NOT Know

This year, China marx 75 years of running a nation on the teachings of Karl Marx, a German-born philosopher, economist, political theorist, and revolutionary socialist. His picture is on every wall in Chinese school buildings, government buildings, and places of significance.

His teachings have led to the death of tens of millions of people in China, as well as in Cambodia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and North Korea. His writings on religion were the basis of many Chinese pastors being sent to their execution in gulags. His memory is still evoked today when conversations drift towards atheism, but there is one thing that most people do not know about Karl Marx.

It is an open secret.

In the most ironic joke fate ever played, in order to visit the grave of the man who penned the Communist Manifesto, you have to buy a ticket – it is NOT free. Yes, you read that correctly. The tickets cost a whopping $12.75 USD to get into the cemetery and they only take credit cards for payment. And if you are hoping to get a Communist discount, you will be disappointed, because according to the website, “We are sorry, but there are no discounts for seniors or students.”

If you want to know more about the posh location where Karl Marx is buried, you can get a guided tour of the cemetery starting at $23 USD, but that will only give you the “highlights.” If you want a more detailed tour or maybe even one including an elegant evening dinner (yes, there is a tour including dinner!), you are going to have to shell out a lot more cash.

In case you were hoping to save a little money and bring your own food, forget it. According to the website of Karl Marx’s cemetery, “No food or drink” is allowed and “Tickets are not refundable or transferable.” There is also a special gift shop for you to participate in the free market and buy a range of relevant books and objects such as postcards, candles and soap.

What would Karl Marx think about this idea of charging people to visit a grave? On the cemeteries official website, this question is answered with, “Yes, it’s surprising that you have to pay to visit a cemetery. But it’s even more surprising that Karl Marx chose to buy a grave for his wife from a private, profit-making cemetery company when a public cemetery was available not that far away. Unfortunately cathedrals and even major parish churches are now having to charge visitors to make ends meet.”

We see this little secret played out over and over in Communism, from Karl Marx to Mao Zedong. Those that advocate for the abolition of private property, privately choose to privatize their property out of reach of the public.


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