First, Nicole quoted Hannah McCoy’s comment without attribution (quotation marks, or something else to indicate that she didn’t write that paragraph), but that’s just a bit of a quibble because I’m not letting her get away with shit due to this.
But oh gee, there’s a fee to visit the cemetery where Karl Marx is buried. How awful. The implication made in this silly post is, of course, that communism doesn’t work somehow because of fees. Or something.
I admit that this piqued (for Nicole: sparked) my interest, so I looked it up.
Turns out that Karl Marx is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery. It is, in fact, a private cemetery (not state-owned) which is really sort of interesting. The cemetery opened in 1839, partially because at the time, burial plots were attached to churches and unable to cope with demand. Remember, in England, the Church of England is state-supported. It’s a completely different system than we have here in America, so it behooves us to exercise caution when making comparisons.
The people who started the cemetery were not “marx (sic) enthusiasts.” Karl Marx was 21 years old then, and nobody had ever heard of him.
Marx died in 1883. It seems that he’d already bought a plot in the cemetery as he made his own final arrangements (an admirable thing, by the way). Why he chose that cemetery is anyone’s guess, but mine would be that he preferred that to being buried in some church-connected graveyard.
The cemetery occupies 37 acres of land and has 170,000 bodies buried in it. Only one of those is Karl Marx.
Another is Douglas Adams, who wrote A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and who I admired greatly. George Eliot is there, as is Charles Dickens’ wife (he’s buried in Westminster Abbey). Christina Rossetti is buried there (if you haven’t read her poetry, do so right now-here’s a sample).
The cemetery has to be maintained. The alternative is to let it fall into disrepair and have trash strewn all around the place, and have the pond turn into a scummy mess, and allow animals to just roam at will. Somebody has to do that maintenance, and that somebody has to be paid.
Generally, in this country, cemeteries are private and maintained by a trust that uses the funds generated by selling plots. I have no idea how this works in England, but I would assume in a similar manner. Why this seems to have been inadequate, I can’t say, but I can guess that perhaps the fees generated were simply not high enough to create enough interest income to pay the higher wages that exist today.
Marx’s grave seems to be the one that attracts the most visitors. It’s also located in the older part of the property, and it’s the most prone to vandalism. So prone, in fact, that the cemetery has had to insist that visitors be accompanied to visit it. Somebody has to pay for that person to accompany those visitors.
“Marx believed that labor should be rewarded, he didn’t believe that you could achieve a classless society simply by refusing to pay for things,” he said.
“He wasn’t a hippie, let’s put it like that.”
And that’s your little history lesson for today. See, a real homeschooler would take that stupid little post from Facebook and turn it into a actual lesson. Maybe get a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide and do some reading. Or just read some of Rossetti’s poetry, much of it suitable for children being raised in the country.