Germans can be einfach kompliziert (simply complicated) sometimes. And they don’t even seem to notice or mind all that much when they are being that way, too; which is kind of what makes all of this so complicated, which is simple enough, when you get down to it, really.

Take Oskar Lafontaine of the Left party, for instance, please. This guy belongs to a party that just got over “an issue” about firing one of its own for openly being a communist (the Left party, communist in essence you see, does everything it can to gain some middle ground here by telling everyone that they are in fact not) and now he wants to yank the rudder back over again by calling for parts of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto to be officially adopted as party policy (the Communist Manifesto, unlike Mein Kampf, is not banned in Germany, by the way). Whatever.

It seems that he finds parts of the work to be very contemporary because of all of the “naked, shameless, direct and brutal exploitation” going on in Germany these days. Uh, okay. I haven’t seen those parts of Germany yet but I’m sure that they must exist if Oskar says they do because he’s a street fighting kind of man who has had to punch and claw his way up from the dregs of society or something to the top of the heap where the other dregs live to become the multi-millionaire media megalomaniac he is today.

Of course Oskar’s real problem is something else altogether. He, like Marx, wants to be “Europe’s most dangerous man” and it’s just not happening. He is certainly one of Europe’s most ridiculous men and/or political Witzfiguren (laughing stock figures), I think, but he may not have the wherewithal to distinguish himself as the clear number one among all the others out there. The competition never sleeps, you know (see Berlusconi). Quoting Marx in 2008 isn’t a bad move, I must say, but something tells me it just won’t be enough.

Karl Marx: “Ich bin kein Marxist.”

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