Bad ideas deserve a bad reputation. With this principle in mind, Students For Liberty groups in the region around the city of Trier organised a protest against the unveiling of a 5 meter tall statue of communist icon Karl Marx.

Marx’s 200th birthday had already been celebrated in his home town yesterday with an event that included EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as a guest speaker. SFL leaders believe that celebrating and glorifying Marx, whose ideas of class struggle and abolition of private property have lead the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century to kill 100 million people.

Apologism for the German philosopher would ignore the victims of the people who suffer greatly (and still do) from the denial of their human liberty through communism.

Communism is evil, and we are not afraid to say so! Student Leaders from Trier, Aachen, Köln, Luxembourg, and Berlin gathered at the unveiling of the statue to stand in opposition to this careless act by the city of Trier. 5 000 flyers were handed out to people in the streets, telling the truth about the evils of communism, and advertising the virtues of a free society.

If you also believe in our message, do consider donating! Supporting the murderous regimes under communism wasn’t voluntary. Supporting us today is. Let’s keep it that way.


This piece solely expresses the opinion of the author and not necessarily the organization as a whole. Students For Liberty is committed to facilitating a broad dialogue for liberty, representing a variety of opinions. If you’re a student interested in presenting your perspective on this blog, click here to submit a guest post!

About the Author

Bill Wirtz

Bill Wirtz is the former Editor-in-Chief of SpeakFreely. He works as policy analyst for the Consumer Choice Center.

View All Articles