Why read Karl Marx?

Taking Sides

Karl Marx, or at least the current of thought for which he was a spokesman and exegete, whether people realize it or not, has had an enormous influence in the way that they themselves perceive and understand the world, whether untutored beyond the street or credentialed at the level of a PhD.

That largely positive and progressive influence is not always apparent, and in the West, especially in the United States, Marx and the ideas he disseminated have been so deliberately and intensively maligned over the years by the ruling establishment that public opinion now reflexively condemns them out of hand without giving them a hearing.  Many who have heard the name of Karl Marx hold him – or at least his purported world view – responsible for most if not all of the political, economic, and social horrors of the Twentieth Century, but they do so without ever having…

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