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Vandalising history February 10, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Many of us here would likely have considerable admiration for Marx and consider Marxism a central aspect of our political worldview, whatever our critiques of it or some of those who have followed it. So it is genuinely upsetting to read that:

The tomb of Karl Marx at London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised in a targeted attack that means the Grade I-listed monument will “never be the same again”.
The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx’s original 1883 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.
Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, show what appears to be damage done by a hammer to the lettering of Marx’s name and the marble on which it is mounted.

And this from Ian Dungavell, the chief executive of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, is completely correct:

“Regardless of what anyone thinks about Marx’s philosophy I just think it is an appalling thing to do. On a human level this is a grave of his wife, his own grave and other members of his family.”
He added: “This is no way to treat a Grade I-listed monument and it’s a particularly inarticulate form of political protest.
“If it is someone who is rabidly anti-Marxist they could do a lot better trying to change people’s opinion rather than just smashing up the monument. That is not going to win any sympathy to the anti-Marxist cause.”

That point about the human level is key too. This isn’t a mausoleum, it’s actually a rather modest installation.

Though the attack wasn’t unique:

Dungavell said: “It has attracted great controversy over the years. It has had paint daubed all over it. It has had people chanting at it, the bronze bust on the top has been dragged off with ropes, and there was even a pipe bomb set off in January 1970 that damaged the front face of it.”

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