nathan28 wrote:Thanks for posting this. I remember sitting through most of my undergrad classes angered to no end listening to people who hadn't cracked open anything by Marx speculate about what was in his books (the few of them there are). I don't necessarily consider myself a Marxist even, it's just ridiculous to speculate on authors you haven't read.
America, Land of the Cliff Notes Education.
As a relative of Karl (he had Hurwitz ancestors) and someone who did at least try
to read Capital
, my impression was that it was a relatively dry analysis of the relationship between capital and labor as it existed in his time. On the other hand, the Communist Manifesto
was a quite rable rousing call to revolution and no one can pretend it was an analysis of any sort of economic theory. Marx's problem, of course, like all intellectuals who would pretend to have the solution to the suppression of the working class, is the mistaken notion that the working class wants to be saved. If they wanted to be saved, they would do so themselves.