The German Sparkasse Chemnitz Bank has started issuing a credit card that carries the image of the big daddy of socialism, Karl Marx – now if that’s not irony, I really don’t know what is!
It was actually the general public’s choice to put Marx’s image on the card, the bank carried out a vote offering customers the option of 10 images that could appear on their personal MasterCards. The image of the renowned German philosopher, economist, sociologist and revolutionary won in a landslide victory!
A Reuters report suggests that the location of the bank might hold the answer as to why Marx’s image was chosen. It is located in the eastern side of the country – the part of course that used to be a communist state!
Reuters said: “The east has witnessed a wave of nostalgia in recent years for aspects of the old East Germany, or DDR, where citizens had few freedoms but were guaranteed jobs and social welfare.”
But apparently some of the banks clients from the west of the country have also inquired about opening an account in order to get the card that carries Marx’s face.
Community weblog Meta Filter hosted the “For Everything Else There is MarxCard” forum about the Sparkasse Chemnitz introduction of the card, asking its members to come up for a tagline for it. It proved to be a popular competition, with several users coming up with witty and irony-laden taglines that could possibly accompany the card.
The one that was declared a winner was posted by Alex404, he said: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. For everything else, there’s #marxcard”
Other popular ones included:
“When the Blood of the Workers isn’t Enough….There is the MarxCard”
“Finally you can be a card carrying communist!”
“Communism killed 100 million people and all I got was my face on a credit card.”
(and this posted as a continuation of the above) “Not nearly as effective as capitalism.”