Socialist Worker

Karl Marx


Marxism and history: toil and struggle

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.

Marx and religion

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."

Birth and development of a powerful force

11 June 2005
In 1879 Karl Marx and his collaborator Frederick Engels summed up their politics thus:

Marx and Engels on food adulteration

02 April 2005
A grim history Bad food produced by profit-hungry companies has been a hallmark of capitalism from the beginning.

‘Nature will take its revenge on us’

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.

Karl Marx in London

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.

New chance to decide on the best Marxist

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.

Marx was one hundred percent democratic

06 September 2003
GEORGE MONBIOT, in his recent book The Age of Consent, makes what is a common complaint against Marxism.

Don't blame Marx for capitalism

30 August 2003
THE Communist Manifesto, I suggested last week, identified the new forces being unleashed by modern capitalism. Marx's classic pamphlet argued that capitalism also created a new exploited class, the "proletariat"-the modern working class.

A manifesto for today

28 June 2003
THERE HAS been an explosion of ideas and debate in the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements. People are hungry for answers, and words have been poured over the inequality, misery and war created by global capitalism and how to stop it. On the eve of a previous wave of protest, one which saw revolution spread across Europe, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote one of the most famous and influential political pamphlets of all time: The Communist Manifesto.

The working class: 'Are you saying they're the salt of the earth?'

16 February 2002
Why do socialists always go on about the working class? After all, workers are not always the poorest people in society-small farmers in the Third World are worse off than skilled workers in Britain. Neither are workers always militantly rejecting capitalism-many ordinary people read the Sun and seem to care more about football than politics. Workers are not even the majority of the world's population. But the working class is unique. Karl Marx called it the "special and essential product of capitalism".

Religion, rebellion & reaction

15 December 2001
It is clear to anyone who looks around the world today that religious ideas still retain huge influence among millions. Why do people still look to religion, and what attitude should socialists take? Religion "is the opium of the people" is one of the most famous quotes from Karl Marx.

Religion: is it a force for change?

27 January 2001
A letter from Neil, a student in London, raised the issue of socialists' attitude to religion in Socialist Worker two weeks ago. "Religion is the opium of the people," is one of the better known quotations from Karl Marx.

Beating their divide and rule

04 December 1999
WORKERS "have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of all countries, unite!" So rings out the magnificent internationalist declaration at the end of The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels 150 years ago. It is a message more relevant than ever today. Politicians are always trying to divide workers on the basis of "race", religion, "ethnic group", or some other supposed difference.

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.