Who was Karl Marx?

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The name Karl Marx (1818 to1883) is synonymous with the ideals of Socialism and Communism. His attitude whilst alive, his actions whilst young and his writings in later life paved the way for many revolutionaries to act against the Capitalist system he saw as being evil.

As a Prussian student at University he joined the “Young Hegelians”, a group who strongly criticized the political and cultural establishments of the day. He became a journalist, but the radical nature of his writings saw him expelled from Germany, France and Belgium.

In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto,” which introduced their concept of Socialism as an economic system that valued all people and not simply as a conflict between workers and bosses, ‘who endeavor to maximize profits at all costs ‘(Marx’s notion of Capitalism)

Marx later moved to London, where he would live for the rest of his life. In 1867, he published the first volume of Das Kapital (Capital), in which he outlined his vision of the end of Capitalism through its own destructive practices. He also participated in the growing movement of workers who were undertaking action against their employers to improve the rights of workers.

He is buried in Highgate Cemetery in London and his gravesite is still a mecca for people who are inspired by his work and actions.

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