An article in Teen Vogue that attempted to connect Karl Marx's ideas on communism to the current political climate was met with a wave of backlash.
"Who Is Karl Marx: Meet the Anti-Capitalist Scholar" features interviews with "two educators" about how his concepts apply to "current events in the classroom."
Marx was a 19th century socialist whose ideas guided the development of communist theory.
A National Review article said the piece attempted to "sanitize" Marx, noting how Teen Vogue stated that Marx's writings inspired "social movements."
Marx may or may not have anticipated the scale of the slaughter to come, but he understood perfectly well that mass murder was part of the package.
To deny that Karl Marx was, at times, a startlingly original thinker, would be nutty. To deny that he was, in many respects, one of the most lethal of a long line of millenarian preachers, is to embrace ignorance. And to deny that his work inspired the death of maybe one hundred million victims is something altogether more sinister.
The Teen Vogue article concludes by comparing Marx's era to President Donald Trump's 2016 election victory.
"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."