Tuesday, April 2, 2013
From A NYT Book Review
The Karl Marx depicted in Jonathan Sperber’s absorbing, meticulously researched biography will be unnervingly familiar to anyone who has had even the most fleeting acquaintance with radical politics. Here is a man never more passionate than when attacking his own side, saddled with perennial money problems and still reliant on his parents for cash, constantly plotting new, world-changing ventures yet having trouble with both deadlines and personal hygiene, living in rooms that some might call bohemian, others plain “slummy,” and who can be maddeningly inconsistent when not lapsing into elaborate flights of theory and unintelligible abstraction.
Still, it comes as a shock to realize that the ultimate leftist, the father of Communism itself, fits a recognizable pattern. It’s like discovering that Jesus Christ regularly organized bake sales at his local church.
First, anyone who visited the "Occupy Wall Street" area last year will recognize the "Marx style" that is still au courant in counter-cultural circles, and,
Two, how sad is it that the New York Times thinks that it would be shocking, rather than perfectly consistent, to discover Jesus organizing a parish bake sale? If all Jesus did was walk around being holy, instead of serving as both a lyrical teacher and practical organizer, then we would have never heard of Christianity.
Lord, non-theists are remedial.
at 9:28 AM