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  On this page you will find some quotes from the Communist Manifesto and also an outline of some quirky aspects of Karl Marx biography.

  It has been deemed convenient to refer to Karl Marx as KM in most instances.



  Some Communist Manifesto quotes:-




  A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism.

 

 


  The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat.

 

 


  Religion ... is the opium of the people.

 

 


  The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

 

 


  The workers have nothing to lose but their chains.

 

 


Some quirky aspects of
Karl Marx biography


  Although KM's ancestors on both sides of his family included many Jewish Rabbis his father conformed to evangelical Lutheranism in order to avoid civil disabilities in force against Jews and to advance his legal career in Cologne.

  KM's father owned a number of Moselle vinyards.

  KM was introduced to the works of Shakespeare quite early in life and developed an enduring, and great, admiration for his works.

  KM was excused military service because of a weak chest.

  In his late teens KM, despite his Jewish background and somewhat questionable prospects in life, became engaged to a truly gorgeous daughter of a German baronial house who was four years his senior. This lady had a paternal grandfather who had been Chief of Staff in the Prussian armies during the Seven Years War and her mother was closely descended from Scottish Earls. The engaged couple remained unmarried for about seven years.

  KM may have contemplated becoming a literary man but, despite a high degree of intellectual brilliance, he found that he had not the appropriate talents.

  As a radical journalist KM was expelled from the Germanies and Belgium. He was also expelled from Paris with permission to live in a notoriously unhealthy part of provincial France. He therefore was obliged to seek a home in England though at one time seems to have contemplated moving on to the United States. An inability to raise the fare may have deterred such a move.

  On his mothers side KM was a Philips, the same Philips whose name is to this day displayed on a major European electronics companies products.

  KM's wife was a daughter of her fathers second marriage. A son of his first marriage rose to become Minister of the Interior in Prussia. Reactionary Prussia would in any case have kept the noted radical Karl Marx under surveillance.
  A lack of amity between this personally reactionary Minister and KM's family tended to make this surveillance more intense.

  KM fathered a child born to the Marx family's housekeeper Helene Delmuth.

  When KM had money he was very open handed with friends and with socialist causes. Whether he had money or whether he had not KM's family was very apt to attempt a bougeoise lifestyle that was beyond their means. Their valuables were often in pawn and they were routinely harassed by creditors.

  Whilst KM maintained good ideological terms with Friedrich Engels virtually all other would-be socialist and communist ideologues who came to his notice were excoriated at one time or another as deviationists or opportunists.

  For much of his adult life KM suffered greatly from frequent attacks of painful boils that could break out on any part of his body.

  KM wrote to Charles Darwin seeking consent to a dedication to Darwin appearing on an english language edition of KM's works. Darwin refused such consent.

  At one stage of his life KM received a substantial bequest from Wilhelm Wolff, a communistic comrade, and subsequently dabbled with some success in stocks and shares.

  KM lived in perpetual expectation of a serious crisis in Capitalism that would precipitate Communist revolution.

  At one time during his years of living in London KM applied for a job as a clerk but was turned down becuse of his handwriting. Only his wife and Friedrich Engels could decipher it!!!

  Throughout his life KM spent much time in the British Museum reading room buried in books on philosophy and economics. Continuing extensive subsidies from his friend Friedrich Engels, who considered KM to be a true genius, helped keep KM's family from going under completely in their financial affairs. Engels was employed in his father's cotton business in Lancashire.

Throughout his life KM spent much time in the British Museum reading room buried in books on philosophy and economics. Continuing extensive subsidies from his friend Friedrich Engels, who considered KM to be a true genius, helped keep KM's family from going under completely in their financial affairs. Engels was employed in his father's cotton business in Lancashire.

In living such a life KM echoed somewhat the lives of his Rabbinical ancestors. It was commonplace in European Jewish life for the wealthy members of the community to gain merit through the patronage of recognised scholars.

  KM does not appear to have attempted to involve himself with wider English society during his years in London.

  Only eleven mourners attended KM's funeral on 17th March 1883. In a graveside oration his long time friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels predicted that:- "His name and work will endure through the ages."

  Within a century four in every ten of the world's population lived under forms of governance more or less inspired by the writings of KM. Many of the "Social Democratic?" societies meanwhiles were variously caught up in a "cold war" situation intended by themselves to limit the further spread of Marxism.
 

 


  Karl Marx was very much a materialist. In his view Religion was "The opiate of the masses" whilst Marxist-Leninism came to regard nationalism as a form of "Bourgeois Deviationism."

  It may be however that Life is Larger than Marx allowed!!!



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