Karl Marx was a German philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, communist, and revolutionary whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism. Marx summarized his approach in the first line of chapter one of The Communist Manifesto, published in 1848: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” He believed that the roots of human misery lay in class conflict, the exploitation of workers by those who own the means of production. Social change, in the form of the overthrow of the capitalists by the workers (proletariat), was inevitable from Marx’s outlook. Although Marx did not consider himself as a sociologist, his ideas have influenced many sociologists today, especially conflict theorists.
"Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." - Karl Marx
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Karl Marx is considered by many to be the father of contemporary communistic doctrine.
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.Lived 1818-1883
.German historian
.Social scientist
.Wrote Communist Manifestowith Fredrich Engles in 1848
.Wrote Das Kapital in 1848
"i get wet dreams thinking about communism"
"Tell that to Cambodia, you lazy fuck"
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A German political philosopher who wrote the Manifesto of the Communist Party (Communist manifesto), Das Kapital, and was the editor in chief of the liberal newspaper "Neue Rheinische Zeitung". Is the father of modern communism and has a tight grave in england that some idiots tried to blow up with a pipe bomb in 1970.
In works such as Das Kapital and 11th Thesis on Feuerbach, Karl Marx stated that “greed will be the death of capitalism” because the wages of an average working class man was not enough to be put back into the capitalist system. When later capitalist economists read Marx’s writings, the concept of consumerism was born. In this system, a factory worker will be paid enough to purchase a product that his factory made. This purchase allows a manager to extract surplus value from their workers by selling them a product for more than they were paid to make it. Repeat this process for millions of workers, and you have a consumer society. In this way Marx defined modern economics over 150 years ago, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
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Chap who lived back in the nineteenth century. Grew a big beard, in which he invested quite a lot. Had a good head for mathematics and wrote a lot about property and political evolution. A bit boring, not always on the money, and misunderstood by airheads and meatheads, as dead white males usually are. He overestimated both human generosity and the idea of membership of the working class as a badge of pride. Someone recently posted that he taught that the lazy should be allowed leech off the hard-working. This actually is a pretty good picture of present-day America, where the lazy keep getting away with it because the hard-working keep voting for them.
Karl Marx. A bit esoteric, but a middling good read if you like to stretch yourself.
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A cool guy with a wafro and a Noah beard who invented a supposedly wonderful system called communism. Unfortunately this doesnt work for a couple reasons-
-Dipshits like Stalin tried to seize absolute power within communist nations; which, of course, corrupts absolutely.
-There are too many assholes for communism to work, and large amounts of people don't like to co-operate.
-"The modern eduction system is a bastardisation of Marxist theory, warped into a sickening variation of a dictatorship."

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The least appreciated member of a famous 1930s Hollywood family. Unlike his brothers; Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo, Karl did not star in any black and white comedic films. Dissapointed with his own failure to achieve cinimatic immortality. Karl sought consolation through his writing.
"This manifesto is definately the least funny thing ever produced by the Marx brothers. Karl Marx is definately the least talented member of the family."
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