[Marxism] Marx's Grave

acpollack2 at juno.com acpollack2 at juno.com
Thu Dec 23 16:39:12 MST 2004


Yes, the word pilgrimage leaped out at me. But it made me think not of
Islamic hajj but of trips to Lourdes, Canterbury, Jerusalem -- and of Crusades to "defend" the latter.

Be that as it may there is something to be said (as Trotsky did) for secular ALTERNATIVES to religious rites, rituals that make us MORE rather than less conscious. And I believe pilgrimages to the grave is one. (Best Marxmas card I ever got had a photo of a comrade at that site.)

P.S. Anyone out there talented enough to do a worker's version of the Canterbury tales? 

-- mds <zenporcupinegrind at breathe.com> wrote:
On 23 Dec 2004, at 22:37, Octob1917 at aol.com wrote:

> I know that many subscribers to the list have no doubt made the 
> pilgrimage to Marx's grave at Highgate Cemetery in London already, but 
> nonetheless I thought I would share my own thoughts on making the same 
> pilgrimage today.

> It is very impressive in size and design, and when you see 'workers of 
> all lands unite' carved in large letters beneath a huge scupture of 
> his head it sends shivers up and down your spine.

Am I the only one bothered by this notion of a 'pilgrimage' to 
Highgate? The evocative language used in the above is reminiscent of 
Islamic hajj, not to mention the questionable adulation for what is, in 
essence, a pretty unappealing concrete monolith reminiscent of all the 
crudities of socialist realism.

It seems the 'cult of Marx' proselytising continues into the 21st 
Century, the prophetic tribe of diamat-icians lurking, waiting, like 
something from a Romero movie. Joy.

-M


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