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The Devil and Karl Marx: Dr. Paul Kengor (Full Transcript) 

Here is the full transcript of The Dr. Jordan B. Peterson Podcast episode titled “The Devil and Karl Marx” with author, historian, and professor of political science, Dr. Paul Kengor. This episode was recorded on June 7th, 2024.

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DR. JORDAN B. PETERSON: Hi, everybody. I have the privilege of speaking with Paul Kengor today. He’s written a book, many books. One of them is, for example, “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.” This is going to be made into a movie. I just interviewed the lead actor for that movie a couple of weeks ago, Dennis Quaid. And so that will be releasing — a movie will be releasing at the end of August.

Paul is also the editor of “The American Spectator.” And this month’s version has a list of the best conservative colleges in the United States. And so that could be a very helpful list for those of you who are thinking about going to college or who have children who are thinking about going to college. So that’s “The American Spectator.”

The Devil and Karl Marx

And so, but what we’re concentrating on today is actually a different book, “The Devil and Karl Marx.” I really like this book, not least because it delves into Karl Marx’s work as a poet and a playwright. And it sheds light, I think, on the underlying structure of his motivation for the so-called economic theories that he developed later.

And so we discuss the Mephistophelean nature of the fantasies, the poetic fantasies that Karl Marx developed as a young man and how that ethos, that Faustian ethos, what would you say, shaped and crafted the murderous doctrine that he developed as a polemicist and a so-called economist. So join us for that.

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