Documentary filmmaker and A-list leftist, Michael Moore, took to Twitter Saturday to wish Karl Marx, the author of "The Communist Manifesto," a happy 200th birthday, to thank the late 19th century thinker for his contributions, and to defend Marx against those who might seek to "distort" Marx's legacy by pointing out that it's resulted in the deaths of millions of people.
Seemingly unaware that he, himself, is a multi-millionaire and easily among the "super-rich" (at last count, during his divorce proceedings several years ago, Moore was the owner of at least eight separate homes in various parts of the world), Moore praised Marx for his denigration of the "super-wealthy."
Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx! You believed that everyone should have a seat at the table & that the greed of the rich would eventually bring us all down. You believed that everyone deserves a slice of the pie. You knew that the super wealthy were out to grab whatever they could— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 5, 2018
Then, comparing Marx to Jesus Christ, Moore claimed that Marx's legacy was one of equality, and that the only reason Communism has killed millions is because "ruthless men" have distorted Marx's sweet vision of equality. Real Communism, Moore seems to contend, has never truly existed.
Over the years there were ruthless men who tried to use your name (much as the alt right haters use Jesus’ name) to pull the wool over people’s eyes. Yet much of Europe now practices much of your philosophy & people are taken care of. And we have Bernie! Democratic socialism!— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 5, 2018
Those European countries are able to provide "socialist" services because they partake in the global financial market, as does Moore, who has made millions doing a job — filmmaker — that simply doesn't (and couldn't) exist under a Marxist regime, since "artists" don't contribute meaningfully to the means of production. At best, Moore would be a propaganda minister (though some might contend he already is one).
Moore rounded out his rant by suggesting that millennials are the most socialist generation of all time.
Every poll shows the majority of American youth & young adults prefer socialism over capitalism. Although capitalism is brutally alive & well, the next generations will not tolerate its cruelty & greed. A democratic socialist won nearly half of 2016’s Dem Pres primaries&caucuses!— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 5, 2018
Most millennials actually prefer capitalism, and a Reuters poll taken just last week shows a sharp decline in millennial interest in the Democratic Party. As for capitalism, well, it may not be perfect, but it's still the system that's most effective at raising people out of poverty.
But that didn't stop Moore from referencing a bizarre New York Times op-ed from last week, claiming Karl Marx was, in fact, "right."
Though the rich have sought to distort him or even use him, time has shown that, in the end, Marx was actually mostly right & that the aristocrats, the slave owners, the bankers and Goldman Sachs were wrong... “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!” https://t.co/M5LbSBLa32— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 5, 2018
Does anyone want to break the news to Michael Moore about slavery in North Korea? Or that Michael Moore is, technically, an aristocrat?
Eh, we'll just leave Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro's piece on the real legacy of Karl Marx right here, just in case Michael Moore wants to read up on his Communist hero.