Karl Marx’s grave, located in Highgate Cemetery in London, was smashed with a hammer and covered in anti-communist graffiti.

Marx died on March 14, 1883. He was a sociologist, historian and economist, and his ideas and thought became the foundations of modern economics and sociology. But, one of the things he’s best known for is writing The Communist Manifesto, which some see as a mere book of philosophy – and others as an inspiration for genocide and communism.

Highgate Cemetery shared photos of the degraded memorial and said the following about the vandalism:

“Vandals return to Marx Memorial in Highgate Cemetery.” Red paint this time, plus the broken marble tablet. Foolish. Dumb. Ignorant. Whatever you think of Marx’s legacy, this is not the right way to convey it.

In addition to the red spray paint, someone took a hammer and chipped off his marble gravestone, which has remained intact since his burial in 1883.

Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust Managing Director Ian Dungavell called the “particularly selfish act” and said it was “a dreadful thing to do” and “a particularly inarticulate form of political commentary”.

He went on to say that the opinions of the late philosopher do not take away his human being:

“No matter what one thinks of Marx’s philosophy, I just think it’s a dreadful thing to do. On a human level, it’s his wife’s grave, his own grave and ‘other members of his family. “

The front of its memorial now reads “Bolshevik Holocaust Memorial” “1917 – 1953” and “66,000,000 dead”

One side reads “Famine Ideology”.

Twitter // @HighgateCemetary

Twitter // @HighgateCemetary

Meanwhile, the reverse side reads “Architect of Genocide, Terror and Oppression, Mass Murder”.

Twitter // @HighgateCemetary

And the other side reads “Doctrine of Hate”.

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This is not the first time that someone has ransacked his grave. There have been several paint splashes in the past, although there has been no damage to his gravestone so far. His grave, although still legible, was smashed and scratched with what is believed to be a hammer.

Dungavell says the memorial has been changed forever and it wasn’t the best way to make a political statement:

“If this is someone who is fiercely anti-Marxist, he could do a lot better by trying to change people’s opinion rather than just demolish the monument. It will not win the sympathy of the anti-Marxist cause. “. sustained attack “on the monument was” very heartbreaking, “he said.” It will never be the same and will bear the scars of battle for the future. “

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Now people are getting into a heated debate about the role Marx played in history and the damage and destruction of his ideas and his books.

Some recall that he died decades before the founding of the Bolshevik Party, in 1917, and therefore blaming him for the Bolshevik Holocaust does not make sense:

Some say his ideas were an inspiration and guide for the Holocaust and the Bolshevik Revolution, but that doesn’t mean he’s responsible for the whole event.

And these people make the same arguments that the man was a philosopher was not the root cause of genocide or famine:

But others disagree and insist that while he was not directly responsible for genocide or mass killings, his writings and the ideas they contain were:

One user @gametheorymike called him “the founder of evil philosophy” and said he didn’t deserve a memorial commemorating and honoring him.

Several people insist that it should instead be given an anonymous grave.

There is a big debate about his books themselves. Some argue that he is not proposing communism, and instead he predicted the fall of capitalism:

While others think it couldn’t be further from the truth, and insist that he defends and promotes communism, especially when it comes to the infamous The Communist Manifesto:

Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1848, and it was the most popular pamphlet in the entire socialist movement.

Some agree that he was a horrible man with horrible ideas, but point out that his ideas made massive contributions to society, on topics such as sociology, philosophy and economics:

And others shame those who vandalized the grave:

But not everyone is on the same page. In fact, some people encourage those who have disfigured his memorial:

Someone else pointed out that regardless of personal opinions, this vandalism and heated debate proves that his ideas are still powerful and relevant in modern times:

So far, no suspect has been identified and no arrests have been made.

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