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You're over thinking it. Isn't it way easier to understand in the context of the time?

In the same way that zuckerberg gets criticized a lot today, while sitting on his dragon horde and laughing like a supervillian at how dumb and hopelessly enslaved we all are, that's pretty much all that marx was doing in his time: pointing out the zuckerberg equivalents of his day.

All the horrors of stalinism onwards, that all came much later. And thanks in no small part to senator mcccarthy, there's a lot of confusion about this … IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD