07 October 2008
With capitalism appearing to collapse all around us today even some right wing commentators have been forced to admit that Karl Marx might have been right about the crisis-ridden nature of the system.
30 September 2008
Karl Marx famously wrote that "the executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie".
23 September 2008
Daily Telegraph readers had a shock last week when they opened their paper to find the main cartoon was of Karl Marx laughing in his grave at the woes on Wall Street.
22 April 2008
The past decade has seen the emergence of new movements of resistance. They were initially provoked by the form of corporate globalisation imposed by the neoliberal policies of the leading Western governments.
11 March 2008
The young Karl Marx wrote in 1845, "Philosophers have interpreted the world in various ways, the point however is to change it." The need to change the world has seldom been so obvious. $6 trillion has been spent on the Iraq war, while food prices soar and millions starve.
02 October 2007
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels suggested two reasons why revolution is necessary.
10 April 2007
My last column ended with a question. I find two commodities – a newspaper and a pint of milk – on sale in a shop at the same price.
07 April 2007
In 1872 Karl Marx dashed off a letter applauding plans to publish a French edition of his book Capital in serial form.
10 March 2007
Karl marx spent much of his life analysing how capitalism works.
03 March 2007
Possibly the most important intellectual influence on Karl Marx was the German philosopher GWF Hegel.
17 June 2006
In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto, "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere."
15 April 2006
A stark choice: Leninism or liberalism
08 April 2006
"Who is the greatest thinker of the millennium?" asked a recent BBC poll. Karl Marx topped the list. Another survey, this time of the US Library of Congress—the world’s largest library—found that, with nearly 4,000 works, Marx was the sixth most written about individual ever.
08 April 2006
In all probability most readers of Socialist Worker will not have heard of Alasdair MacIntyre. Today, he is best known in academia as the author of one of the most important recent books on moral theory—After Virtue.
04 March 2006
What is Karl Marx’s best known quote on religion? Many people know that Marx described religion as "the opium of the people". But far fewer know the whole quote: "Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
11 June 2005
In 1879 Karl Marx and his collaborator Frederick Engels summed up their politics thus:
02 April 2005
A grim history
Bad food produced by profit-hungry companies has been a hallmark of capitalism from the beginning.
20 November 2004
Concern about humanity’s destruction of the environment is commonly seen as a recent worry. But for the 19th century socialist thinkers Karl Marx and Frederick Engels the environment was a major part of their theory.
16 October 2004
"DRAT THE British!" Karl Marx once said in frustration at his London exile. When the European revolutions of 1848 began to crumble Marx was forced to come to London.
26 June 2004
AS MARX once said, \"One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got in my pyjamas I don't know.\" As you have probably guessed I'm talking about Groucho, not Karl, who along with Chico, Harpo and Zeppo made up the Marx Brothers. Their slapstick comedy routines and films are sheer genius.