Local election heats up as Marx’s 0.47% comment goes public
Des Moines, Iowa – Karl Marx’s campaign for the presidency of the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association was engulfed by controversy this week after a video surfaced of Marx addressing supporters earlier this year at Hessen Haus, a local bar. In the video, Marx suggests that 0.47% of the population are takers who leech off the rest of society.
“There are 0.47% of the people who will vote for the [current neighborhood association] president no matter what,” Marx says in the video, referring to the 0.47% of Beaverdale residents who own a business with employees other than themselves. “All right, there are 0.47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government for the enforcement of their property rights, who believe that they are entitled to the surplus value produced by the proletariat. These people already own the means of production, so our message of workers’ control doesn’t connect.”
The video was leaked to local news stations by an anonymous businessman who surreptitiously recorded Marx talking to a small group of supporters. After airing on Tuesday, the video immediately caused an uproar on aSmallWorld, Diamond Lounge, and other social networking sites for the wealthy.
Marx held a press conference on Friday to address the controversy. “If elected, I promise to be president of 100% of the residents of Beaverdale,” Marx said before adding with a wink, “But I also promise to round to the nearest percent.”
This is the second time that Marx has run for president of the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association, after a failed bid in 2008. Marx lives in Beaverdale with his wife, Jenny, and their children, Jenny (age 16), Jenny (15), and Jenny (5).