First it was Che Guevara, now it’s Karl Marx!
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to his salad days as a young radical to quote the Father of Communism on Friday.
During his weekly WNYC radio appearance, de Blasio was asked about a recent report that his “long-standing antipathy to well-heeled private sector interests” was jeopardizing the city’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. .
In response, de Blasio admitted that “I did not focus on the business community and the elites” before adding, “I am tempted to borrow from Karl Marx here.
Hizzoner then recited from memory a concept expressed in Chapter 1 of the infamous “Communist Manifesto” written by Marx and his comrade Friedrich Engels in 1848.
“There is a famous quote that ‘the state is the executive committee of the bourgeoisie’ and I openly use it to say ‘no’,” said de Blasio.
“I actually read that when I was young and I said, ‘That’s not how it’s supposed to be. “”
The mayor added: “The business world is important, we have to work with the business world, we will work with the business world – but the municipal government represents the people, represents the workers and the mayors should not be too close. comfortable with the business world. , governors should not be too comfortable with the business community.
De Blasio’s remarks sparked indignation from executives of several prominent business groups.
Kathy Wylde, president of the New York City Partnership, said de Blasio “suggests that the business community somehow does not represent workers, which is an ideological position and not a precise representation of the very diverse private sector. of our city “.
“This crisis is a time to bring New Yorkers together, not to divide them,” said Wylde, whose organization represents companies that collectively employ 1.5 million New Yorkers.
Jay Martin of the Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents 4,000 building owners, accused de Blasio of having “done nothing to improve the living conditions of tens of thousands of [public-housing] inhabitants. “
“He speaks of a Marxist utopia and demonizes the very companies that fund his progressive projects, while many of his constituents live without hot water because of his incompetence,” Martin said.
“Do better, Mr. Mayor. Or resign.
Andrew Rigie of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, which represents thousands of restaurants and bars, said, “The business community is made up of small business owners who are hardworking people the city government should represent.
“I am not sure that making distinctions between groups of people who are all important unites us to help heal and save our city,” he added.
De Blasio acknowledged his past support for the former Communist Sandinista government of Nicaragua, where he participated in a relief mission in 1988.
“They were in their humble way, in this little country, trying to figure out what would work best,” he told The New York Times in 2013.
More recently, de Blasio eagerly helped paint the city streets to promote the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which was initially organized by “trained Marxists,” co-founder Patrisse Cullors reportedly admitted in a 2015 interview.
He and First Lady Chirlane McCray also traveled to Cuba for their honeymoon in 1994, flying there from Canada to illegally circumvent an American travel ban against the Communist island nation.
During his failed presidential bid last year, de Blasio sparked controversy by citing a rallying cry associated with Guevara, the late Cuban communist revolutionary.
He then apologized for the remark.
The mayor’s memorization of the Communist Manifesto is fairly accurate, according to a version posted online at marxists.org.
This translation of the pamphlet, which was originally written in German, says: “The executive of the modern state is but a committee to manage the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie. “