Nothing to See Here! Pete Buttigieg’s Dad Was a Renowned Marxist


The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who really, really liked the Communist Manifesto.

He dedicated much of his career to the work of Italian Communist Party founder Antonio Gramsci, an associate of Vladimir Lenin’s, The Washington Examiner reported.

If you talk about this, you will be told you’re trying to destroy poor Pete, but it’s an important discussion to have if people are seriously considering this man as president.


The 71-year old Joseph Buttigieg died in January after teaching European literature and literary theory at the University of Notre Dame from 1980 until his death.

He was clearly a Marxist — a communist — although he didn’t like some of Marx and Engel’s more pontifical theories.

Buttigieg was an adviser to the journal Rethinking Marxism. The journal was dedicated to expanding Marxian theory [communism]. He was a member of the editorial collective of Boundary 2, another leftist journal.

He spoke at many Rethinking Marxism conferences and other gatherings of prominent Marxists. The elder Buttigieg was a world-renowned Marxist scholar.

Oh goody.


Paul Kengor, a professor at Grove City College and an expert in communism and progressivism, said Buttigieg was among a group of leftist professors who focused on injecting Marxism into the wider culture.

“They’re part of a wider international community of Marxist theorists and academicians with a particular devotion to the writings of the late Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci, who died over 80 years ago. Gramsci was all about applying Marxist theory to culture and cultural institutions — what is often referred to as a ‘long march through the institutions,’ such as film, media, and especially education,” Kengor told the Washington Examiner.

His son shared a very close relationship with his father and they talked a lot. Gramsci, who Joseph Buttigieg admired and whose doctrines he espoused, was no better than Vladimir Lenin.

A self-described progressive, Buttigieg the younger has called to abolish the Electoral College system, supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and thinks that climate change is a national security threat.

In another MSNBC interview in February, Buttigieg said that socialism “is a word in American politics that has basically lost all meaning” and “has been used as a kill switch to stop an idea from being talked about.”

Buttigieg the younger says he’s a capitalist but it needs to change, whatever that means.

Pete’s communications adviser didn’t want to talk about how his father influenced his political beliefs or his thoughts on Marxist thinkers, the article states.

Watch Paul Kengor discuss communists and Democrats:

  • The Democratic “Party” is in the hands of communists who are outside of and within this country. Pete BUTT igieg is just another little communist party worker who knows nothing of the power of a Democratic Republic to meet the needs of humanity. Screw Peter, Peter da pumpkin eater; Just another communist wearing his “progressive” costume trying to sneak by the defenders of this Republic. There will be a civil war, unfortunately, and I hope that these “progressives” will be on the front line instead of hiding out in the hills with the Castro type folks,…..Just like Nancy Pelosi , Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Nadler, Guv Pretty Boy of Calif. (he believes he has the “Kennedy Mystique”, along with the support of his Auntie Nancy & his Auntie Dianne to move into the white house), who live behind WALLS THAT PROTECT THEM FROM MS-13 FROM RAPE & MURDER AND THE MURDER OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS) , WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF OPEN BORDERS ……………………qUESTION: When will an illegal gangsta who has been removed from our country strike terror in the hearts of these fools who we have mistakenly elected to run our country?? I used to be a Democrat but never again………..

  • David Howowitz’s parents were long-standing members of the American Communist Party and strong supporters of Joseph Stalin. They left the party after Khrushchev published his report in 1956 about the crimes Stalin committed and terrorism against the Soviet population. Obviously they learned the truth of communism and just as obviously Pete Buttigieg’s father didn’t. After graduating Columbia and then Berkley with a graduate degree David Horowitz lived in London, worked for the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and identified himself as a Marxist intellectual. Being on the inside Horowitz learned the truth of communism and today he is a non apologetic conservative. I’m betting Pete Buttigieg has never accepted the truth of communism. I am not saying he is a communist but from what I’ve read about his socialist leanings I would not be surprised if he is a communist sympathizer.