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Karl Marx’s great-great-great grandson is doing parkour outside McDonald’s

May 27, 2017


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That cherubic blond guy holding the skateboard? He’s a direct descendant of Karl Marx, according to Rachael Burford of the UK’s Surrey Comet.

I’m a little late to this story, but a couple of years back he spent a week sleeping rough with two of his mates to raise money for homeless people. Which of course is precisely the sort of mealy-mouthed humanitarianism Marx dismissed as bourgeois meddling.

It turns out the apple has rolled pretty far from the tree:

Mr Marx says he flirted with his great-great-grandfather’s socialist ideals, but ultimately decided that they did not work in practice. Kingston’s McDonald’s has been the group’s base.

That would be their base for their epic parkour busking squad.

The teenagers became friends through their shared interest in free running, the art of acrobatically jumping around urban environments, and have been doing “back flips for money” to buy food.

Mr Marx, who teaches gymnastics, said: “The public reaction to us hasn’t been too bad …”

Fuck yeah comrade!


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  1. Simon Blackburn #
    November 27, 2017

    He’s NOT the great, great grandson of Karl Marx … or any sort of direct descendant of Marx. The fact is, Marx had 6 children, only one of whom (Jenny) went on to have children. Jenny married Charles Longuet, and together they had several children. While there are living descendants of Karl Marx, the only known two are sisters Frederique and Anne, who are French. These sisters – born in the mid-to-late 1950’s – are great, great granddaughters of Karl. Their surname is Longuet, although they are sometimes known as Longuet-Marx. Karl Marx had no descendants who directly took his surname. Rachael Burford of the UK’s “Surrey Comet” is inaccurate when she says that the blond guy holding the skateboard is a direct descendant of Marx. The guy may have the surname ‘Marx’ – but that’s all he shares with Karl. As such, this is a nonsense story.

    • fgw #
      November 20, 2018

      Sure, if patrilineal name inheritance is the only thing that matters to you in any way shape or form when determining someones relation, than I guess you’d be right..

    • Jennifer #
      April 2, 2019

      Uh, I mean, you said yourself his great-great-granddaughters “are sometimes known as Longuet-Marx” so gee, maybe it’s possible he chooses to use the “Marx” surname. Certainly wouldn’t be the first person to drop half of a hyphenated name or reclaim a historical surname that’s better known than the one they were born with.

      Your entire reasoning here is basically “I haven’t heard of him.”

    • Sam #
      April 2, 2019

      Simon is right, the official genealogy of Marx does not state this guy and all the descendant of Karl Marx don’t hold the name Marx but Longuet. The descendant of Karl Marx are not English but French. This kid is absolutely not the grand grand son of Karl Marx. It’s impossible because he has no Karl Marx blood in his vein…

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