Controversial filmmaker and vocal Trump critic Michael Moore, took to Twitter Saturday to extend enthusiastic birthday wishes to Karl Marx, the German philosopher, economist, historian, journalist and revolutionary who published “The Communist Manifesto” in 1848.
Moore, famous for films that have advocated universal health care and put capitalism in the crosshairs, tweeted an endearing message seeming to praise Marx and, in a series of tweets to follow, defended his name against those who attempted to “distort” it.
Moore Tweeted – 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
Moore went on to compare Marx to Jesus Christ, saying that his name has been used by “ruthless men” in the same way those in the “alt-right” use Jesus’ name to “pull the wool over people’s eyes.”
Moore Tweeted – 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!
The multimillionaire, who’s made his wealth from the capitalist market, seemed to reference unsourced polls that showed that “the majority of American youth and young adults prefer socialism over capitalism.”
Moore Tweeted – 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!
A Gallup poll taken in May 2016, just months before the presidential election, found that 57 percent of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have a positive view of capitalism. That poll found that on balance, 60 percent of Americans hold a positive view of capitalism.
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