We thought this looked familiar, and that’s because it is familiar. Teen Vogue — which some might mistakenly assume is a fashion magazine aimed at teenage readers — ran a piece last May on everything you should know about Karl Marx because that’s the first place we’d look for information.

Apparently, the legacy of Karl Marx has become even more relevant to today’s political climate over the past year, so Teen Vogue is pushing the piece again.

“The anti-capitalist scholar’s ideas are often memed,” so we should all pay attention:

You may have come across communist memes on social media. The man, the meme, the legend behind this trend is Karl Marx, who developed the theory of communism, which advocates for workers’ control over their labor (instead of their bosses). The political philosopher turned 200-years-old on May 5, but his ideas can still teach us about the past and present.

While you may not necessarily identify as a Marxist, socialist, or communist, you can still use Karl Marx’s ideas to use history and class struggles to better understand how the current sociopolitical climate in America came to be. Instead of looking at President Donald Trump’s victory in November 2016 as a snapshot, we can turn to the bigger picture of what previous events lead us up to the current moment.

A snapshot of what?

The sad thing is, Teen Vogue got one thing right: Karl Marx is relevant to the current political climate; just wait until the first Democratic debates.


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