Friday, March 14, 2008


This Day in the History of Evil

On this day in 1883, German political philosopher Karl Marx died in London. Few men in history are responsible for more suffering and death than Marx, the co-founder of and intellectual force behind Communism.



Is this a fair analysis? However wrongheaded Marx's philosophy may have been, he was not responsible for its implementation nor for the the excesses of those who did try and implement it.


is the prophet Mohammed ( PBUH sarcasm on ) ultimately responsible for the actions of extremist my book....yes.
Point taken, Tone, but to criticize capitalism effectively and call for action (Workers of the World, Unite!), but not give any sound guidance for what was to replace the free market is to shoulder responsibility for what happens in your name. Mark, Only if you think that the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) did the same sort of set up for today's Muslim extremism do I agree with you and I am semi-ignorant about the scope of the Koran.
I think that the sequelae of Mohammed's (DBUH) writings were more reasonably foreseeable than were the sequelae of Marx's and Engels's (DBUT) writings. Much of what seems obvious about economics today would not have been anywhere near as obvious in the 19th century.

Also, if you do hold them responsible, you can also reasonably hold Plato responsible for many of the evils of communism. I submit that down that road lies madness.
Marx Engels Communist Manifesto
Plato Republic

I'm not seeing the connection right off the bat here, Doug. Aren't lessons of economics timeless and available to perceptive individuals in every age? Didn't Adam Smith's work predate Marx?
I'm w/ Doug.

"The sword is not the killer, it is a tool in the killer's hands."
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