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Karl Marx, The Man Part Two
After graduating from Jena Karl Marx became the general editor of the Cologne newspaper Rheinische Zeitung (Rhenish Newspaper). He boosted the paper so much that it was known as “a dictatorship of Marx.” Marx at this period had not yet gotten involved with economics, in fact, he limited the more liberal writers in the paper. One of these was Moses Hess, who later converted Friedrich Engels. Marx was forced to resign from the paper though under threat of the people being banned. During his period of his life, his mother cut his allowance on the count of her husband’s death. Marx was outraged. He never quite regained his relationship with his mother. In fact, when she died he did not express the slightest sorrow.
Also during this period, he got married to the Baron Von Westphalen’s daughter. None of Karl’s family attended the wedding. His bride’s mother gave Jenny a small dowry which Marx proceeded to give away almost immediately.
In October the couple, now expecting, moved to Paris where Karl started up a paper which failed and left him without any money. However, some friends of his started a collection and sent the money to him. It was here in Paris that Marx began to evince an interest in economic’s. Among the people he met, there was a young German who’s name was Friedrich Engels.
When the two met, Engels was more of a communist than Marx. However, that soon changed when the two published The Holy Family in 1845. This was the first step in a long road of collaboration between the two. In fact, even today there is a debate about who wrote what. The most famous of their combined writings is probably The Communist Manifesto published in 1848.
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If you would like to read more on the topic of Karl Marx and his writings, I would highly recommend the book Marxism by Thomas Sowell.