More than 1/3 of Americans think the U.S. Constitution is Marxist.
July 5, 2002 10:11 AM   Subscribe

More than 1/3 of Americans think the U.S. Constitution is Marxist. Well, they think that it includes the phrase "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." I wonder what else people might think is in there . . .
posted by kcmoryan (7 comments total)

 
most people i know wouldn't really know what a marxist comment was if they were trapped in a wet paper bag with one, and no, i don't really know what that means, except that i don't get out enough.

and wasn't that actually Marx describing how socialism should work? rather than actually outlining his version?

i think the constitution is a bit out-dated anyhow, we need to get a big group of the best sci-fi authors together to write a new one---something with a little more spark and the ability to be relevant for thousands of years. Anyone up for the beginning of the Instrumentality of Man?

too much cordwainer smith for me this week.
posted by th3ph17 at 10:54 AM on July 5, 2002


Isn't that about the same number (or even the same people) who listen to Rush?

"To whom much is given, much is also expected." -Jesus Christ
posted by nofundy at 11:30 AM on July 5, 2002


Isn't that about the same number (or even the same people) who listen to Rush?
I assume you mean the (formerly?) deaf radio doofus and not the Canadian (formerly) supergroup.
Actually, 1 in 3 people will believe anything you tell them. That's what makes this country great.
Or at least possible.
posted by Outlawyr at 11:40 AM on July 5, 2002


I had not known that Marx supported slavery, as did the founding fathers.
posted by Postroad at 2:48 PM on July 5, 2002


Rather, more than 1/3 or americans neither knew the constitution nor recognized the phrase, and didn't want to admit it and look stupid.
posted by Nothing at 3:28 PM on July 5, 2002


Sounds like an improvement, back in 1987 almost 1/2 of Americans thought that phrase was in the constitution (see the end of the first paragraph here).
posted by bobo123 at 9:51 PM on July 5, 2002


I can excuse that. Its a sentence from another document entirely, the rest of the questions are modified or true statements from the consititution. I find the last two to be much more embarassing than the Marx quote. Its one thing to be ignorant of Marx and not be sure of every sentence of the Constitution and another to think the SC Justices serve 12 year terms or have little understanding about how federal and state law works.
posted by skallas at 4:47 PM on July 6, 2002


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