WATCH: Obama Documentary Filmmaker Quotes Famous Line from Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”

During her Oscar’s acceptance speech Sunday evening, Julia Reichert, one of the filmmakers behind the Obama produced film “American factory” quoted the Communist Manifesto word for word, declaring “Workers of the world unite.”

Per Wikipedia, The political slogan “Workers of the world, unite!” is one of the most famous rallying cries from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. (German: Proletarier aller Länder vereinigt Euch!, literally “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”,but soon popularised in English as “Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!”).

A variation of this phrase (“Workers of all lands, unite”) is also inscribed on Marx’s tombstone.

“Working people have it harder and harder these days” Reichard began “and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite.”


Per Breitbart, the quote was also famously one of the official mottos of the Soviet Union before its fall. Communist regimes in the last century were responsible for the murder of more than 100 million people — including tens of millions murdered by the Soviet Union.

The documentary film American Factory tells the story of  a Chinese company’s purchase and repurposing of an American factory in Ohio.

President Obama tweeted out his congratulations to the filmmakers during the Oscar ceremony:

Many social media users noticed the Marx reference.

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