Who was Karl Marx?

Posted October 29th, 2011 by Cyphase

There are few philosophers whose very name provokes more violent responses than Karl Marx. His stern face, framed by a mass of gray hair, symbolizes for many Americans the costly battles of the 20th century: battles against communism, socialism, and authoritarianism fought in defense of democracy and free-market capitalism. As successive generations of Americans waged those fights, the philosophical disputes at the core of the conflicts embedded themselves into the American soul. So much so that when the "evil empire," whose seeds sprouted from Marx's doctrine, died as a result of the revolutions of 1989, the ideological battle did not.

This author is amazing...

ElGuapo 3 years 42 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago

"Marx died in 1883, before [...] the workers he had been fighting for took their places in government as representatives of labor and socialist political parties. It had taken decades of struggle -- largely nonviolent -- for this to occur."

Bolshevik Revolution: ~9,000,000 nonviolently transitioned from living to nonliving.
Mao Zedong's Regime: ~40,000,000 nonviolently transitioned from living to nonliving.

I picked the two easy examples & I grabbed the lowest of the estimated body-counts. Lenin and Mao both claimed Marxist philosophies, so I think it is fair to hold them up as examples of nonviolent Marxists.

This author, Mary Gabriel, is very deserving of a well-written ad hominem attack.

Thanks for posting this.

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