MARX AMONG THE PROLETARIANS, THE WOMEN, THE YOUTH
a speech by the PCm Italia at the celebration of the 200th held in Palermo
In the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, we honor and hail his name by studying and above all fighting, being part of that proletarian army for which Marx has worked all the lifetime, and by making universal and permanent his message of liberation of the oppressed classes.
In addition to this great 200th, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 recurs this year. The '68 represented for the bourgeoisie what Marx describes in the Manifesto as the "spectre is haunting Europe ...". The '68 embodied the revolutionary message of the communists, and the communists in different countries, many young and new communists, made it strong and terrible, showed that it was right to rebel, that even in the imperialist citadels of the wealth and richness - apparent as we know - the ideas of revolt had never died, and indeed they had to be taken up. The influence of Marx and the Marxists at that time, who since then took the name of Maoists, was one of the keys of that rebellion, the instrument that theoretically embodied the slogan "It is right to rebel".
Anyone who has read something about his life, his books, letters, the memoirs about Marx knows very well that he was a communist very little inclined to make chatter, not inclined to be revered and celebrated. He reacted with some annoyance to the flatterers, he knew that many who called themselves Marxists or revolutionaries did it for themselves, i. e. they exalted Marx to exalt themselves - which is really the most despicable to deny Marx. We must reject this way of being