Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, and socialist revolutionary. He is best known for his works 'The Communist Manifesto' and 'Das Kapital', which laid the foundation for modern socialism and communism.


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  1. 1. Communist Manifesto

    This influential political pamphlet advocates for the abolition of private property, the rights of the proletariat, and the eventual establishment of a classless society. The authors argue that all of history is a record of class struggle, culminating in the conflict between the bourgeoisie, who control the means of production, and the proletariat, who provide the labor. They predict that this struggle will result in a revolution, leading to a society where property and wealth are communally controlled.

    The 175th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Das Kapital

    This influential work is a comprehensive critique of political economy, exploring the complex nature of capitalism, its production processes, and its societal impact. The book delves into the intricacies of commodities, labor theory of value, surplus value, and exploitation, arguing that capitalism is inherently unstable and prone to periodic crises. It also posits that the capitalist system ultimately leads to the concentration of wealth in fewer hands, causing social inequality and paving the way for its own demise. The book is widely regarded as a foundational text in the development of socialist and communist ideologies.

    The 408th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    This historical work provides a detailed analysis of the coup d'etat that brought Louis Bonaparte to power in France in 1851. The author examines the social and political dynamics that allowed Bonaparte to seize control, including the role of the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. He presents a critique of the event itself and its implications for the class struggle, suggesting that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

    The 2802nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy

    This book is a thorough critique of capitalism as an economic system, providing a comprehensive analysis of its structure and consequences. The author delves into the nature of commodities, labor, money, and capital, and explores the complex relationships between these elements. The book also offers a critical examination of the capitalist mode of production, the division of labor, and the exploitation of the working class, arguing that these aspects of capitalism lead to social inequality and economic instability. The author advocates for a socialist system as a more equitable and sustainable alternative to capitalism.

    The 4709th Greatest Book of All Time