The Marx Trot

27276~Karl-Marx-Brand-Cigar-Box-Label-Karl-Marx-PostersTo mark the end of the course work part of their degree, MA Cultural Studies students have proposed the ‘Marx Trot’. This being a pub crawl with a revolutionary excuse. Having done significant research as per my brief to lead said Trot, I propose the following:

Marx is buried in Highgate. So we start  at the end. Meet at the East Cemetery gate at 4pm. Watch the film ‘High Hopes’ beforehand if need be. Bring cigars.

The Marx family would often walk from Haverstock Hill to Soho, so we can too. As its a nice day. We’ll walk through the park. Hamstead Heath in fact, though other parks might distract our thoughts. Marx took part in a Hyde Park demonstration against the Sunday Observance laws and wrote an article on the Anti-Church demonstration of July 1855. We can read this on the way and contemplate the production of nature.

At the far end of Hamstead Heath is a favourite pub of the Marx’s – so we could visit Jack Straws castle. I found the following info on a cursory search:

Jack Straws Castle


Jack Straw’s Castle ought to be the perfect place for an inspiring pint. The situation is good, the history intriguing and the ghosts distinguished. Karl Marx drank here on the corner of Hampstead Heath, high above the foul air of 19th-century London. So did Charles Dickens, Leigh Hunt and Max Beerbohm. Jack Straw himself – one of the leaders of the peasants revolt of 1381 – allegedly rallied his pitchfork-wielding mob from a haywagon nearby.

From here we can walk down Heath Street to Chalk Farm and Grafton Terrace.

Marx lived at 3 Roxburgh Terrace, now part of Prince of Wales Road Kentish Town. Then he moved to 9 Grafton Terrace. He drank at the Lord Southampton on the corner of Southampton and Grafton. We’ll obviously have to spend some time here.

Then we head to central London.

Marx fenced in a salon off Oxford street – in Rathbone Place (not far a from Tottenham Court Rd tube).

The Manifesto was drafted and approved at (according to internet gab – which I suspect is apocryphal):

The Red Lion, Soho [Closed] – pub details

Address: 20 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LQ

Not many people know this but this pub is where Marx and Engels and others used to meet, where the first meetings of the Communist Party were held and where the Communist Manifesto was initially drafted and approved. This is a historic building in the history of Politics and it should have a Blue Plaque on it. I hope the people that live there when its converted know the relevance of this place.

Now apparently reopened as an “AT One” – we could I suppose heckle them a little [its an awful bar – heckle a lot – they have no idea where they are, adn beers were 4 quid for a bottle of sol – pah!]

When he first came to London Marx lived on Dean Street – We can visit Marx’s House and Blue Plaque – its on the second floor.

Then across to the British Museum. Obviously. There will be a test on your recall of particular passages from the footnotes. Someone will recite the bees and architects passage.

And finally, though I disagree with much of what Comrade Germain has done with Stop the War (or rather unstop it), here I think there is a hint of what is to be done as the evening closes in – a crawl up Tottenham Court Road starting at the Rising Sun.

“Karl Marx and Frederick Engels were refugees following the defeated 1848 revolutions in Europe. Marx wrote Capital in the reading room of the British Museum. He and Engels enjoyed pub crawls on Tottenham Court Road” [from an article by Lindsay Germain]

And by then wee should be able to make up our own after dinner entertainments. I do think one day a less ad hoc version of this walk is necessary – and I will prepare it – but this seems ok for starters. Leaving now.

5 thoughts on “The Marx Trot”

  1. ha – the pub which “gets quite a few Chinese in ere” landlady, and the ice cream van man beset by six ‘terror’ squad coppers were the highlights [he was smuggling pistachios or summint] – and talking to the kids about why an ice-cream van was parked opposite Marx’s Kentish Town house in the first place. The biggest highlight though was how many great people came along, despite having done the theory exam earlier in the day. Red Salute to Sascha, for starting the ball rolling.


    efdargon posted on Aug 24, 2008 | views: 93 | Tags: marx, Engels, freemasonry, Lucifer, illuminati

    Erle Frayne Argonza

    As an adolescent youth in the 70s who was attracted to social theory and metaphysics, my eyes beheld the great potency of a paradigm that was then making waves within academic social science: Marxist theory. Among the things that particularly caught my attention, aside from Marxism’s explanatory potency, was the archetypal language embedded in it.

    Marx constructed his philosophy (dialectical materialism) and science (sociology or ‘historical materialism’) at a time of intense conflict between materialism and idealism, in a context we now refer to as ‘Victorian’. Aware of that context, I simplified my explanation of Marx’s archetypal language as characteristic of the poetic-allegorical language of the Victorian academe. Scientific concepts were just being constructed then, so in the absence of a developed template of scientific-empirical concepts the thinkers resorted to allegorical language as a substitute.

    In the works of the early Marx, archetypal language was particularly marked. Marx’s model of society actually used Masonic terms such as ‘superstructure’, ‘base’ or ‘substructure’ or ‘infrastructure’, and mimetically likened society to a house. It was pure and plain Masonic, this modeling and conceptual frame. Just exactly what made Marx decide to use Masonic symbolism, was it pure borrowing from the freemasons or was he in fact involved in secret Masonic lodges that prompted him to use the society’s accepted archetypes?

    In the same works of the young Marx, there was the philosophical tackling of the Promethean myth. Per his interpretations, accordingly Prometheus signified the evolving self-consciousness of Man, that the ‘flame from Olympus’ signified the ‘spirit of Reason’ in its purest essence (he was now borrowing from Hegel), that such self-consciousness signified the long-term path to liberation for mankind.

    As I advanced in my studies of metaphysics or ‘ancient wisdom’, I came to know what mystics knew about the Promethean myth, as the myth caught my mind’s attention in like vein that it caught Marx’s interest when he was still a young man. To my surprise, Marx came so very, very close to the deep mystical knowledge inhering in the Promethean myth, thus compounding my own thesis that Marx was a seeker and was no atheist as his followers were wont to believe he was. If seeker was Marx indeed, for what Force was he working for: Light or Dark?

    You see, in the mystical tradition, Prometheus indeed signifies the continuing evolution of man from the feeble-thinking subhuman of antiquity to the self-conscious Man (root word MANU, meaning self-reflecting being) of the present-to-future epochs, henceforth the future liberation or nirvana of mankind. Along that Path, the hindrance to Man has been Desire, signified by the vulture that kept on consuming Prometheus’ liver as he was bound to a rock in penalty for his crime of bringing forth Light to mankind. Vulture is a bird species, and bird is signifier for the Phallus which is a signifier for Desire.

    Didn’t Marx come so close then to the mystical knowledge secretly inhering in the Promethean myth, a secret that can be unlocked by advanced seekers and mystics along the Path to nirvana? He was, verily he was! Did Marx honestly intuit on the deep meaning of the Promethean archetype, or did he already encounter this myth during the start of his secret initiation into the deep mysteries? It was a puzzle for me then, a puzzle that I was only able to solve in the 1990s.

    As a yogi-mystic in the 1990s I came to encounter information about the Marx-Engels team as being themselves involved in Masonic lodges. That alone made my hair raise on all ends, confirming my thesis that both thinkers were seekers. However, to my dismay, I found out that they were Pathfinders of the Dark Path, and I knew right then that the flocks of their followers were being deceived by their philosophical masters. Let me note their three basic lies below.

    First of all, Marx and Engels made the impression upon their followers that they were atheists who proclaimed unto the world the death knell to spirituality whether exoteric or esoteric. Yet there really was no open admission by both thinkers that they were in fact cadres of atheism. They were thinkers of socialism, prophets of a future communist order, but to say of atheism, they were not its advanced ‘masters’ but merely echoed a trend that was already dominant during their own time. They were not saying anything new about atheism in fact, they were merely broadcasting what was already THE TREND of the time, a trend that ensued till the 20th century.

    Second, Marx and Engels concocted a supreme lie about a future communist order that was classless, reinforced by a further lie that the working classes will dominate society in a socialist order that will precede communist society. Surely, there is a plan of the global elites to constitute a utopian socialist order but which they will orchestrate from behind, not that which will be led by workingmen. And the same elites orchestrated the founding and funding of ideological movements from left to right, including Marx-Engels’ League of the Just. A workingmen-dominated society is one of anarchy and disorder, as what happened during Marx’s 10-year ‘cultural revolution’ that saw civil society destroy the state as working peoples reduced intellectuals and competent state technicians to mere slaves in farmlands.

    Third, the lie that the ‘state will wither away’ in the future. We are now witness to state formations getting bigger by the decade, even as the global elites are planning to install a planetary government as a regulatory institution in support of their ‘world rule of law’. A stateless formation for societies that are so complex is near to impossible, and are only possible in small, planter-based, subsistence economies such as those of indigenous peoples’.

    It only takes three (3) basic lies to establish where Marx and Engels are located in the stream of spiritual spectrum. That they are in fact seekers of the Dark Path, are involved with covert fraternities of the Dark Side, and receive mentoring from Adepts of the Dark Lodge. Marxist theory is therefore a paradigm that constitutes a part of the broad agenda of the Dark Adepts to waken up dormant folkgeist of masses for a future ‘new world order’ governed by them.

    Around the early part of this decade did I encounter information that led straight to authenticating my suspicion. One such material is the book Committee of 300 (Conspirator’s Hierarchy) by John Coleman, a former MI6 agent and insider of the evil hierarchy that rules the physical plane today. The information given showed how Marx and Engels were directly handled by Mazzini, the Italian revolutionary who was himself an Illuninate (Luficeran initiate). Accordingly, the League of the Just was simply doing its mandated task for the Luciferans’ agenda of world domination.

    That established, I declared the Marx-Engels case as ‘case closed’. They are of the Dark Path, and no matter what contributions they may have made to science (sociology), they are cadres of the Polarity Game of Lucifer and were consciously committed to winning points for that game. Whether indeed the Luciferans are winning today is another question, a query that I’ve already answered in some other articles.

    [Writ 04 August 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]


    1. I know this semi-spam from Manila was written well before the Marx Trot, but while we were in the Lord Southampton, Tom did point out to me that among the trinkets on the wall of that proper local was the coat of arms of the masons. So, ‘information about the Marx-Engels team as being themselves involved in Masonic lodges’ is not without very circumstantial confirmation here, though I think we are unable to decide if they are on the side of the Dark Lords or the Ice-Cream van fans. I guess you had to be there. Lets look up this Mazzini chap in case it makes for a good trivial Pursuit question in the Conspiracies category. Dark Adepts of the dormant folkgeist Awake!


  3. Ice-Cream van…I know.

    in good humour, thought it was funny, came across by accident


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