~This is one poker game you won’t see Poker Face playing at…
IF communists have a reputation for anything, it is seriousness. (And if you have seen old photos of Karl Marx, you know that he did not smile much.) But at the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound.)
While Mr. Balagun waved me out the front door, I imagined Marx’s ghost floating in the hazy light of the evening, watching over the poker players. Behind his famous thicket of a beard, I could almost see a grin.
by Jonathon M. Seidl The Blaze
We’ve already brought you glimpses of your friendly neighborhood communists (watch them introduce themselves here). In sum, they want you know they’re just like you and I (minus the slaughter of millions, of course). Now, the New York Times is making sure you know some other things about your communist neighbors: they smile and have game night, too.
“[A]t the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street [in New York City] where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound),” the Times writes in a recent piece. Amid conversations about labor theory and worker exploitation, the article says, “there is also the monthly Game Night, when regulars put down their copies of ‘Das Kapital’ [Karl Marx's manifesto] and immerse themselves in table tennis, foosball and a complicated Marxist version of Monopoly called, appropriately, Class Struggle.”
What is “Class Struggle” all about? Naturally, revolution. The game’s description explains:
“Class Struggle” reflects the real struggle between the classes in our society. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO WIN THE REVOLUTION . . . ULTIMATELY. Until then, classes—represented by different players—advance around the board, making and breaking alliances, and picking up strengths and weaknesses that determine the outcome of the elections and general strikes which occur along the way.
Like your other friendly neighborhood communists, Brecht Forum regulars are also pretty normal folks. They get together, talk, have speakers, and sometimes oh, you know, “conspire”:
The Brecht Forum began in 1975 as the New York Marxist School. It is named after long-time Marxist and German playwright Bertold Brecht, who once wrote “MUTTER COURAGE UND IHRE KINDER,” which one biography calls “an attempt to demonstrate that greedy small entrepreneurs make devastating wars possible.”
Its website describes the forum as “a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first.”
In between rounds of “Class Struggle” the forum does find time to invite guests to speak, such as this gentleman, who likes to call Glenn Beck a “fascist whore”:
Yup, just like you and me.
(H/T: Hot Air)