A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 12, 2012
Mercedes Marxist

A “Mercedes Marxist” is someone who wants everyone to share the wealth (such as in Marxism)—everyone, that is, except himself or herself (who gets to ride a Mercedes or another expensive automobile). “Mercedes Marxist” has been cite in print since at least March 1978 and July 1978, when the term was used in the syndicated newspaper columns of conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan.

Similar terms to “Mercedes Marxist” include “Limousine Liberal” and “Learjet Liberal.”


Google News Archive
24 March 1978, Ocala (FL) Star-Banner, “Facts On Who Carries Us Tax Load” by Pat Buchanan, pg. 4A, col. 3:
WASHINGTON — How often have you stood staring at the ice cubes In your drink while some Mercedes Marxist railed against the injustice of the US tax code?

Google News Archive
24 July 1978, The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC), “On Limiting Inherited Wealth” by Patrick Buchanan, pg. 2, col. 4:
The most frequent, and fairest, complaint made against the Mercedes Marxists is that they are constantly calling for sacrifices affecting other people’s children, jobs, schools and neighborhoods.

27 April 1980, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Letters to the Times” by Frederick W. Dow, pg. C2:
Affluent radicals or Mercedes Marxists, e.g., Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden.

Google Books
Superhouse
By Don Metz
Charlotte, VT: Garden Way
1981
Pg. 122:
Like the armchair quarterback and the Mercedes-Marxist, the eco-elitist is locked into an ethical bind, applying privileged standards to problems that others must solve without the benefits of hindsight, trust funds, or social leverage.

Random Musings
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008
Mercedes Marxists
The Democrats are all about the working man; sympathizing with their plight, and wallowing in the common sorrows of the “little man.” Right? Meanwhile, the mean, old rich Republicans care nothing for the “working class” and therefore the Dems have to watch out for their interests. Yet at the Dem Convention, the “VIP” Democrats (that’s a contradiction in terms, by the way) are being treated to the most lavish parties, with the greatest of culinary delights.

Canada Free Press
Mercedes Marxists and Hollywood Hypocrites
E. James Small
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
As we contemplate the Academy Awards (and fewer of us do each year, it seems!), we may want to re-familiarize ourselves with just who all these people are and what they represent. They are artists and entertainers who often masquerade as world policy leaders. They are also among the most blatant hypocrites on the planet.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, November 12, 2012 • Permalink