People know Teen Vogue as a publication aimed at teenage girls that is the tell-all for fashion, beauty, celebrity style, and teen-centered entertainment. But, who knew they were so politically inclined? Rather, politically uneducated.
Teen Vogue recently published a highly-controversial article entitled, “Who is Karl Marx: Meet the Anti-Capitalist Scholar.” Furthermore, they were promoting it on social media saying that, “The political philosopher turned 200-years-old on May 5, but his ideas can still teach us about the past and present.”
Author of the article, Danielle Corcione, excoriates “rich people” and “bosses” just like Marx did two centuries ago. Just as many progressives romanticize him, Corcione says Marx’s landmark prose, The Communist Manifesto, “inspired millions of people to resist oppressive political leaders and spark political revolutions all over the world.”
Former Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher is quoted in the article as saying, “When I teach Marx, it’s got a lot to do with questions of how to think critically about history. Marx says we live under capitalism [but] capitalism has not always existed. It’s something that came into being and something that, as a result, just on a logical level, could disappear, could be overthrown, could be abolished, could be irrelevant.”
“There’s this myth of the free market, but Marx shows very clearly that capitalism emerged through a state of violence,” he added.
The Blaze reports that renowned Millennial conservative columnist Ben Shapiro responded to the Teen Vogue article on Twitter by opining on Marx: “His horrifying and stupid ideas led to the deaths of 100 million human beings and the misery of billions of others. Saved you a click.”
Although Marx may not have anticipated the vast amount of slaughter that occurred by the engine of his ideas, he understood the ramifications of those ideas and how murder on a mass scale was all a part of the socioeconomic package. When it comes to Teen Vogue and their lauding of Marx’s work, the fact that they deny that his writings inspired the deaths of over 100 million people across the world and across time is the most sinister notion of them all.
Progressives always claim they study Marx and other communist and socialist revolutionaries through an “emotional, fluid, and ever-changing lens,” in the words of Teen Vogue.
Nothing is fluid about the conceptualization of a socioeconomic revolution forwarded by mass murder and redistribution of wealth.
Ever-changing is the argument progressives use to justify their hatred of an economic system that determines who is smart, and who is not.
Where they get people is on emotion. Of course, the romanticization of Marx has an emotional quality that ignites some sort of feeling of wrongdoing in society. However, basing a world view built on the allegories of a back street Dickensian London is nothing less than a childish, sheepheaded attempt to justify one’s own lackluster place in society.
A poll reported by the Washington Times shows that Millennials are the those within the spectrum of age groups that is more likely to prefer socialism and communism. In the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism,” 44 percent of the Millennial generation voted socialism at the most popular socioeconomic order, with communism and fascism at seven percent each.
History is not fluid; history is not ever-changing; history is emotional, but if history was presented and taught to young people correctly, the prose in the Teen Vogue article would never exist.