TRIER, Germany – President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has surprisingly defended Karl Marx while urging that he should not be judged for the alleged crimes that his followers committed after his death.
The comments were made during an event commemorating the 200th birthday of Marx in Trier on Friday.
“Anyone would do well in remembering Marx because remembering and understanding are part of securing the future. Without memory and thought, without understanding memory, there will not be much for the future,” Juncker said. “Marx isn’t responsible for all the atrocities his alleged heirs have to answer for.”
According to Juncker: “One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on hindsight, these judgments shouldn’t exist”.
“Karl Marx cannot be held responsible for the fact that some of his later disciples used the values he formulated and the words he used to describe those values as a weapon against others,” he concluded.
He did not give a specific example, but many people point to the alleged tens of millions that Soviet leader Stalin had killed, despite it being mostly debunked.