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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 86 – Karl Marx, “Monster of Ten Thousand Devils”

Sep 29, 2020

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Whereas the Catholic Church has condemned Marxism, Communism and
socialism from their starting, an alarming variety of these calling
themselves Catholic show a sympathy for these concepts: consider
America journal’s 2019 essay on “The Catholic Case of
Communism”. Even some orthodox Catholic intellectuals appear to suppose
we should always mine the writings of Marx for no matter fact is perhaps
contained among the many garbage.

Other than the truth that Marx’s philosophy represents a conflict on
being itself (in his phrases, “the ruthless criticism of all that
exists”), making it slightly troublesome to seek out untainted morsels of
fact in his writings, there are different causes to steer clear. If
philosophy is really the pursuit of knowledge, we should always care in regards to the
private lives of philosophers. Marx was a deeply vicious man. He
displayed full contempt for his fellow man, was a virulent
racist, despised God and faith, and was an utter hypocrite when
it got here to cash, continuously sponging off his household and

Past all that, there’s the distinct sense of one thing
demonic in Marx’s private life. Those that knew him most intimately
persistently described him in demonic phrases: His son wrote to him
as “my expensive satan”, his father advised that he was “ruled by a
demon”, and Engels referred to him as a “monster of ten thousand

Marx himself was obsessive about the Satan, writing poems and
performs about characters who make pacts with Devil and are resigned
to their very own damnation. He even advised his kids an ongoing
bedtime story a few man who offered his soul to the satan. (Marx’s
two daughters would die in suicide pacts with their husbands, who
have been atheistic revolutionaries like their father-in-law.)

On this episode, Paul Kengor, creator of The Satan and Karl
, discusses this (exhaustively footnoted) proof of the
demonic in Marx’s life. What impressed this man with a lot hatred
that he known as for the “ruthless criticism of all that exists”,
starting with faith?


 [3:03] The scope of The Satan and
Karl Marx

[10:36] An image of Marx from these closest to him

[15:23] Marx’s lifelong “ruthless criticism of all that exists”,
starting with faith

[26:33] Satanic themes in Marx’s early literary output

[30:57] Suicide pacts in Marx’s literature and in his kids’s

[37:56] Walter Duranty and Aleister Crowley

[41:55] Marx’s private habits round cash, household, and

[47:41] The error of separating philosophy from private

[52:29] “Only a part”?: Why Marx’s youthful writings are
related to his later work

[55:18] The pedants’ denial that Marxism is current in
up to date actions


Paul Kengor, The Satan and Karl Marx

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