Karl Marx was Born on May 5, 1818 in Germany, Marx whose birth anniversary is celebrated today, was philosopher, historian, economist, sociologist, and revolutionist. His family was Jewish but were forced to convert to Christianity. He witnessed a lot of prejudice and unfair treatment first hand.
Marx’s critical theories about society, economics, and politics, collectively understood as Marxism, hold that human societies develop through class conflict. In the capitalist mode of production, this manifests itself in the conflict between the ruling classes (known as the bourgeoisie) that control the means of production and the working classes (known as the proletariat) that enable these means by selling their labour-power in return for wages
David Harvey is a leading Marx scholar in the world. His three-volume course on Capital has become synonymous with Marx’s re-emergence in recent years, with millions of people watching it online. This course has been condensed into Karl Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason, a companion to Marx’s magnum opus that discusses its current relevance.
The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work in the effort to understand the origins of our current predicament
The Limits to Capital provides one of the best theoretical guides to the history and geography of capitalist development.
Karl Marx went to great pains to keep the history-theory relation intact
David Harvey in his book Delves into concepts such as “fictitious capital” and “uneven geographical development,” Harvey takes the reader step by step through layers of crisis formation, beginning with Marx’s controversial argument concerning the falling rate of profit and closing with a timely foray into the geopolitical and geographical implications of Marx’s work.
Marx grew up learning law and philosophy. Later, he began contradicting existing political and societal ideas. His writings have changed the course of history in a major way. He is still considered as one of the most influential characters in the history of mankind
Marx described communism as the answer to a better society. He wrote several books and papers explaining his theories. His ‘The Communist Manifesto’ went on to inspire thousands and ‘Das Kapital’ is considered to be the most important book for the socialist movement. His work gained recognition after the Russian leader, Vladimir Lenin, incorporated the teachings from the Communist Manifesto in his governance.
Karl Marx Famous Quote
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it – Karl Marx
Today, Marx has become synonymous with a school of thought known as Marxism — which advocates that human societies develop through class conflict and suggests a way of organising society where workers own the means of production.
In order to build alliances, you have to have a picture of the totality of a capitalist society. To the degree that you can get some of that from studying Marx