Some 200 years after Karl Marx’s birth, capitalism has decidedly won the ideological battle against communism. The proof? To honor Marx’s May 5 birthday, his hometown of Trier, Germany, is mass-producing disposable Marxist memorabilia.
Products include a Karl Marx zero-euro banknote, which costs €3. There are also magnets of Karl Marx making the peace sign, Karl Marx mugs (“to philosophise during tea time”), Marx cookie cutters for €5.95, and a Marx-esque rubber duck sporting a beard, quill, and copy of Das Kapital. In total, Trier Tourism is selling 30 items of memorabilia.