Just what the world was waiting for: the Karl Marx MasterCard.
Issued by Sparkasse Chemnitz Chemnitz is a city in eastern Germany, in the state of Saxony the Marx card has proven to be popular: ten designs were proposed by the bank, and more than a third of the customers opted for Marx.
Then again, this could be just nostalgia: Chemnitz was turned into a parking lot in WWII and was subsequently rebuilt, its Soviet-sector overlords renaming it “Karl-Marx-Stadt,” a name it retained until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German Democratic Republic behind it. There remains a bust of Marx in the city’s core, the very one portrayed on the card. The local economy is a mixed bag, faring reasonably well until recent troubles in the Eurozone. And there’s this:
A 2008 survey found 52 percent of eastern Germans believed the free market economy was “unsuitable” and 43 percent said they wanted socialism back.
The devil you know, as it were.