Karl Marx, a philosopher, economist, socialist, thorough skeptic, and founder of the philosophy responsible for rocking the 20th century; Marxist Communism, the bane/and or saving grace of an era.
He spent much of his 64 year life stateless, though born in Prussia and often lived in England. It was there, in London, where Marx met friend and co-worker Friedrich Engels, co-creator of The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital; the books which epitomised their thoughts and work. Chiefly the work lay with Marx, but together, the two forged what was then an irrelevant and unsuspecting ideology. Little could they predict the scale of influence their ideas had a few decades later, as Marxism/Communism reshaped the globe, crumbling nations and building up others, revolutionising societies and pitting humanity against itself.
Marx is regarded as one of capitalism’s fiercest opponents, dedicating much of his intellect to the criticism of the Capitalist world and it’s inner-workings; ills in his mind which exploited the people. Key components of his work included analysing social structure, class warfare, class struggle, and the struggles of the worker. He envisioned a utopian world of equality, and unity, where there was no private property.
Much can be said about Karl Marx. Some call him a brilliant philosopher or political theorist, some the heart of evil, many a revolutionary, some a crazy reference in history, or a populist saviour before his time.
Here are some of his words:
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
“History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends.”
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”
“Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.”
“It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.”
“The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.”
“Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!”
“The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”
“In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.”
“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
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