New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio quoted Karl Marx on Friday while discussing the type of relationship he wants his office to have with the city's business community.
During an interview on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Public Radio, the host asked de Blasio how he planned to lobby businesses to help the city recover from the coronavirus crisis.
De Blasio's response included a quote from Marx's Communist Manifesto.
"There's an underlying truth in the fact that my focus has not been on the business community and the elite. I am tempted to borrow a quote from Karl Marx here. There's a famous quote that ‘the state is the executive committee of the bourgeoisie,' and I use that openly to say no, I read that as a young person and thought, well, that's not the way it's supposed to be," de Blasio said.
"The business community matters, we need to work with the business community, we will work with the business community — but the city government represents the people, represents working people, and mayors should not be too cozy with the business community, governors should not be too cozy with the business community."
De Blasio's comments received immediate backlash from several prominent business organizations.
Kathy Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, said that de Blasio's suggestion that the business community "does not represent working people" is "not an accurate representation of our city's highly diverse private sector."
Jay Martin of the Community Housing Improvement Program claims that de Blasio hasn't done anything "to improve the living conditions of tens of thousands of residents."
"He talks about a Marxist utopia and demonizes the very businesses that fund his progressive pet projects, while many of his constituents live without hot water because of his incompetence," Martin said. "Do better Mr. Mayor. Or resign."
? Marx's ideals are responsible for roughly 100 million deaths in the past century.