When Karl Marx arrived at the Pearly Gates, St Peter had a problem: Marx was on the guestlist, but God wasn’t a big fan. St Peter gave God a quick call to explain that Marx had turned up and what he should do about it. ”Marx?!” said God “How in hell did he get on the list. He’s been badmouthing me for years, opium of the people indeed. Give Old Nick a call and see if he’ll take him, he owes me a favour or two.”
St Peter dutifully rang Satan. ”Yeah, go on, we’ll take him.” replied Satan ”Dunno how he didn’t get in here in the first place given all the trouble he’s caused, mind” and Marx was sent down to Hell.
Two weeks later, Satan rang God. ”See that Marx character, its really not working out you know. All the demons are on strike, there’s demonstrations everyday, and he keeps encouraging people to throw off their chains. He’s causing absolute bloody chaos. He was on your list, you need to take him back.” Eventually God agreed that Marx could be admitted after all.
Another couple of weeks went by and Satan rang God to see whether working out, but an angel answered the phone. “Hey, Gabriel”, said Satan “can I speak to your boss?” ”Boss?” said the angel. ”Yeah, you know, that God bloke” said Satan impatiently
“Oh him! Ah, no, not any more”, replied the angel “No bosses here mate, we’re all comrades now!”
(shamelessly stolen from a quite wonderful Italian anarchist)