Karl Marx

Karl Marx
Birth 1818
Death 1883

German philosopher, sociologist and economist. It is difficult to deny the huge contribution he has made to philosophy (dialectical and historical materialism), economics (the theory of capitalism and added value) and politics (the theory of class war), even for those who disagree. A few sources that draw on the plethora of studies dedicated to his ideas and on his monumental influence on the course of world history call Marx the ‘greatest thinker of the millennium’. Far from being an armchair scientist, he was a second Saint Paul (an atheist one, given he declared all monotheistic religion the ‘opiate of the people’ which gives them the illusion of happiness and cleverly forces them to believe in things that go against their best interests).

We’ve always wanted to bring Marx back to life – if even just for a few small minutes – and ask him a few uncomfortable questions:

  • How could such a brilliant mind ever have conceived the crazy and obviously utopic thought that history would inevitably lead us towards a ‘bright future’? From capitalism to socialism, and from socialism to communism – a classless society of common property. There’s one small problem: there are a few nasty people who get in the way of history and will eventually get taken from power and violently punished by the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’;

  • Did he really think that putting our future in the hands of some faceless mass of ignorant people was a good idea? Their lack of education, space or individuality makes their morality highly questionable (evidenced by the fact that in peacetimes, at least 90 percent of major crimes are committed by the proletariat), and so he essentially paved the way for blind terrorism, unfair trials and concentration camps;

  • Does he ever feel bad about the fact that attempts to put his utopic social theories into practice in the USSR, China, Cuba, Cambodia and other places have resulted in over one hundred million deaths?

We can all be grateful for the fact that Marx’s ideas didn’t stand the test of time. Nobody managed to create the ‘ideal’ communist society. What’s more, an overwhelming number of communist countries collapsed, choking on the blood of their own citizens. Isn’t it about time we reject Marx’s ideas once and for all and declare, like Nietzsche did with God, that Marxism is dead?

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