Karl Marx Quotes – How well do they stand up?

A much maligned person was Karl. Vilified and painted as a communist ogre. What was he really? Someone who explored a fairer way of operating the world? Someone who offered a different vision to that of capitalism? Perhaps that is why capitalism conspired against him, his ideas and any attempt to put them into practice? Can Marxism work?
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.
He didn’t much like religion. He thought that people clung to it for hope in a world that exploited them and abused them. He thought it stopped them thinking and trying to create something better.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
Sometimes the idea of trying to change a system that is so entrenched and works in favour of the tiny minority who hold all the wealth and power and control the media, is futile.
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
Profit from the sweat of others.
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.
Common ownership.
Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please.
Who controls us?
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
A minority live well while a majority work to provide their opulence and live poorly.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
That’s an interesting thought isn’t it?

6 thoughts on “Karl Marx Quotes – How well do they stand up?

  1. I first learnt about communism in school and unfortunately I later found out that what we learnt about wasn’t true communism or it’s real values. I was never a huge fan of democracy and I still tend to lean towards communism. Although most people hear the word communism and see it as this horrible thing I feel like if more people actually understood what it was about they may actually support it. The only problem I think with communism is that it sounds good in theory but is very difficult to actually execute.

    • It seems to me that most ‘communist’ states end up as totalitarian states. The people are then controlled by monolithic structures.
      I’m not sure what the answer is. It seems to me that we have a mentality that is governed by small number tribalism. Somehow we have to surmount that primitive thinking and develop a fair, global society that is compassionate, nurturing and not subject to corruption and power-wielding. Bit of a tall order.

      • Yes exactly! That’s the problem with communist states- they start out as communists and end up as dictatorships which is so sad. It’s just human nature to want power and control and I don’t think it’s very likely to have a world filled with compassionate and nurturing countries all co-existing.

      • I still idealistically put my faith in the UN and its charter of Human Rights. Makes sense to me. Most things need solving globally!

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