By John Steinreich:
Two hundred years have passed since Karl Marx and Frederick Douglass, a pair of important 19th-century historical figures, were born. Marx’s collectivist ideas are surging among America’s young, while Douglass, a champion of civil rights and the first black man to receive a nominating vote for president of the United States, sits largely unnoticed in pop culture. The admiration lavished on Marx — whose communist ideology has led to hunger, misery, and tyranny wherever it has been implemented — should be accorded to Douglass, an iconic American scion of liberty.
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