According to Karl Marx, religion was the opiate of the masses. And of course, he and others who followed him truly believed their communist religion would prevail over all. Indeed, over 40 years ago the USSR's Khruschev threatened the US and its free market system, boldly promising "We will bury you."
But now, in a delightfully ironic twist, the free market system, allowing religious freedoms, continues to bury the remnants of communism.
The head of the Russian Buddhist region of Kalmykia said Friday he was willing to stump up $1 million to give a new home to the embalmed body of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.
A free market bidding war for Lenin's ossified remnants to be followed by a public museum display of a failed horror system in a relatively isolated area would be a fitting finale for Lenin.
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