In light of the fact that today I’m going to finish up Marx’s life, I’m going to cut to the chase. If you missed the first post, you can catch up here.
Karl Marx, The Man Part Three
We left off With Marx and Engels publishing The Communist Manifesto in 1848. After that, the two went to Germany where Marx was hired as the general editor of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Engels fled to France and then Switzerland after being accused of inciting violence. In 1849 Engels came back to Germany and then, bringing Marx with him, went to England. Marx then began working on a response to a newspaper man who had criticized him, all the while being supported by the faithful Engels who was working in his father’s business.
It was in these years that Marx began working on Das Kapital while also conceiving a son with the Marx’s maid. This was only known after he had died however because Engels took the blame.
Even then Marx was hardly well known. It was in the 60’s, when Marx became the head of the International Working Men’s Association, that his name started to be heard. With him in charge the IWMA quickly deteriorated and Marx left the Association. He then started to work on Volumes 2 and 3 of Das Kapital. He never finished it and Engels was forced to spend 20 years after Marx’s death to finish it. Marx also wrote The Civil War in France during this period. In March of 1833, Karl Marx died. He summed up his life by saying: “Nothing that is human is foreign to me.”
Be sure to come back next week for a summary of the common Myths about Karl Marx and his writings.
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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.