This is a review of KARL MARX: RACIST by Nathaniel Weyl. Mine is the hardback edition published by a New York firm, Arlington House, in 1979. The book lacks a bibliography but has endnotes after each chapter which are sufficient to identify the author's sources. There is also a useful index. The dust jacket is bright red with the iconic solemn, bearded visage of Karl Marx staring into the distance imposed on a white Ku Klux Klan style hood. Not only is this an eye catching design, but it's a good summary of the author's analysis of Marx.
Weyl's research peeled away the accumulated layers of Communist hagiography and reveals Marx to have been a bigot of the first order. He used the proverbial "N word" just the way a Klan thug would. He hated the Jews, the Slavs, the Chinese and everybody else. If he was funny and clean-shaven, he'd be Archie Bunker instead of the fearless prophet of the downtrodden working classes.
Weyl passed away in 1975. Born in 1910, he was educated at Columbia College in New York and then did postgraduate work at the prestigious London School of Economics. He returned to the United States at the height of the Great Depression joined the Communist Party and got a job in one of President Roosevelt's "New Deal" agencies. He hob-nobbed with other Communists including Alger Hiss, but "found secret membership in this [Communist] cell while a US official duplicitous, and resolved my personal problem by resigning from the government."
Appalled by Stalin's cynical alliance with Hitler in 1939, Weyl left the Communist Party and began to notice some of the warts on its founder, Karl Marx. This book is his gift to us and it stands as a reminder of the kind of flawed man Marx really was.Read more ›
Nathaniel Weyl (1910-2005) was an American economist and author, who had been a member of the Communist Party of the United States from 1933 until 1939; but he left the party, and became a conservative and staunch anti-communist.
He states that the main subjects of this 1979 book are "Marx's racial hatreds and his assiduous search for a scientific philosophy that would justify his prejudices, his phobias, and his hierarchic racial system." (Pg. 21)
Weyl accuses Marx and his supporter/collaborator Engels of hypocrisy, as "there is no evidence that Marx cared enough about (workers') conditions to ever take the trouble to visit a factory." Nor did Engels (who owned a mill) ever use his position to improve the conditions of his own workers. (Pg. 24)
He notes strongly that although Marx and Engels proclaimed themselves as friends of black people, they were actually "racists of the most odious sort," who often used in their private corresondence the "N-word" (in English! rather than using a more polite German term), as well as hateful terms about Jewish persons. He notes with irony, "The Soviet public is not told that Karl Marx was (Jewish)." (Pg. 97)
Although important and highly interesting, this book is not perfect; for example, he suggests (pg. 238) that Marx's group was "advocating or planning the murder of Queen Victoria."
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With the fall of Soviet Communism and the Capitalization of the remaining, obstensible, Communist states, this book is less important than it used to be...but is still a treasure trove. Want to find out what Marx was really like? Just how supremely hateful, racist and evil? Read this book. The actual writing in not very good, but the research is impeccable; you will get the unvarnished Marx gems that American Intelligentsia has laundered.
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