New York Times Enthusiastically Features ‘Convinced Marxist’ Politician in Europe: ‘Communists Care’


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The New York Times published a glowing profile of Elke Kahr, an Austrian communist politician, on Friday, almost without criticism. “Yes, this communist politician from Graz, Austria wants to redistribute wealth, but a focus on housing, her own modest lifestyle and a difficult childhood contributed to her popularity,” reads the subtitle. article title.

Kahr was elected mayor of Graz, Austria’s second-largest city, in September, and is the leader of the country’s Communist Party. Denise Hruby of The Times reported that Kahr “smiles” that her city is now called “Leningraz” and she confirmed: “Yes, 100% I am a convinced Marxist.”

“Fans and critics alike describe her as approachable, pleasant and outspoken. Voters often compliment her for ‘not being like a politician,’ but more like a social worker,” Hruby reported.

Kahr’s work on housing has been particularly highlighted, beginning with a hotline for tenants at the end of the Cold War. “Poor and rich, left and right, called out and word of mouth spread: Communists care,” the Times continued.

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA – OCTOBER 25: The flag of Austria is displayed ahead of the meeting between King Abdullah of Jordan and Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen at Hofburg Palace on October 25, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.
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The Times described the communist mayor as someone who “tries to be a familiar presence on the streets of the city”.

It was also reported: “During her political career, she gave about three-quarters of her salary after tax. Since becoming a city councilor in 2005, Ms. Kahr’s donations have totaled more than one million euros, or about $1,020,000. .”

It wasn’t until the end that there was any talk of criticism in the play.

“Often the criticism comes not from Ms. Kahr’s work, but from her unabashed adherence to ideology,” Hruby wrote. “For example, his admiration for the former Yugoslavia, a multi-ethnic, non-aligned state ruled by a dictator, shows a ‘historical stubbornness’,” said Christian Fleck, professor of sociology at the University of Graz.

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FILE - - People walk behind a red banner with hammer and sickle symbols during a May Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2016.

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“But voters don’t seem to care, with his approval rating in June standing at 65%,” Hruby wrote.

“Dragging on a cigarette, a vice she can’t give up, Ms. Kahr pondered why communism failed elsewhere,” the profile reads.

“It depends,” Hruby recounted, “whether the leaders live off it as well.”

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The article ended on this optimistic note about a communist, with no historical reference to the hundreds of millions and more that communism killed in the 20th century or the millions more that it oppressed.


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