Bourgeois pseudo-‘communism’

Is there anything more amusing than watching self-professed ‘radical communists’ fight over who owns the copyright(!) to the English translation of the collected works of Marx and Engels (a work originally bankrolled by the Soviet Union, an entity that no longer exists)?

The Marxist Internet Archive, a website devoted to radical writers and thinkers, recently received an email: It must take down hundreds of works by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels or face legal consequences.

The warning didn’t come from a multinational media conglomerate but from a small, leftist publisher, Lawrence & Wishart, which asserted copyright ownership over the 50-volume, English-language edition of Marx’s and Engels’s writings…

And it wasn’t lost on the archive’s supporters that the deadline for complying with the order came on the eve of May 1, International Workers’ Day.

Stubborn thing, that concept of property rights…

Meanwhile, Detroit’s distressed properties seem to be successfully winning… investment(!)… from China.  And if the governor of Michigan gets his way, 50,000 Chinese will accompany or ‘follow the money’ there:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.

“Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,” Snyder said at a news conference.

And apparently, China is buying.  Wonder where they found the ideological blueprint in Das Capital for that move… or did Lawrence & Wishart’s legal takedown prevent them from consulting it?

The old saying used to be that the capitalists would sell the communists the rope they used to hang them.  Now it appears the ‘capitalists’ have given way to debt-fueled corporatism in the West, giving Eastasia an opportunity to just buy out(!) Oceania.

You can’t make this stuff up…


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