Karl Marx: Myths and Truths

December 15, 2011

Karl Marx (1818- 1883) is a hero for the Marxists, and an evil for many other people. There are many myths about Karl Marx, and many don’t know the truths. Karl Marx, his life, his legacy, and his great mistakes can be important, because in 2011, many try to repeat history and want to repeat Marx’s mistakes, while they are not as honest as him. In the past 150 years, many have called themselves “Marxists”, but they have only disgraced and discredited Marx, because Marx himself was not as stupid and dishonest as his stupid followers (Marxists). In fact, Karl Marx was a great man with many great mistakes. Marx’s legacy has at least two sides. The stupid Marxists, from the Communists/ Stalinists to today’s stupid lefts, have disgraced and discredited Marx a lot. Now, many think that Karl Marx was an evil man like Stalin. But Karl Marx was a social reformist and a thinker, that had many great mistakes and his stupid followers created many great disasters. Marx saw the horrible conditions in the 19th century Europe, and tried to find solutions. He wanted to do something about those horrible conditions. For knowing Marx, you should know his time, and the dreadful conditions of the 19th century. Charles Dickens and his novels, and the movies that have been made based on his novels, and many other novels and works in the 19th century, can show us the horrible conditions of the US, Britain, Europe, and the whole world in the 19th century. At that time, men, women and children had a very horrible working conditions and had to work 16 hours to 18 hours a day, for a very low income that often was not enough for being alive. The factory owners and other capitalists exploited the workers, and many young girls and young boys died before the age 30, because they had to live and work in a horrible working conditions that was full of fatal diseases, fatal accidents, lack of sleep, lack of food, lack of health care, lack of vacation, etc since the age 5. The majority of children had to work in these horrible working conditions or had to live like a homeless, and could not have any education. There was not any public education, and just the rich kids could have education and became literate or educated. The literacy rate in the North America and Europe was about 10%, that means about 90% of the people were illiterate. The kids, the women, and almost all people, except the rich, were illiterate and had a very horrible living conditions. The child rights, the women rights, the human rights, the basic rights, social supports, etc were meaningless at that time. The children, the women, and the majority had to work 16 to 18 hours per day, like the black slaves, mainly without any holiday, and that’s why they died very soon. The life expectancy in the North America and Europe was about 40 years. In these horrible conditions, some great men like Marx, Dickens, and others tried to defend the child rights, the worker rights, etc. Karl Marx emphasized the public and mandatory education for all children, and it was his best work. If you and your children in the US, Europe, and all around the world, can enjoy the public education, you should know that the public and mandatory education for all children is Marx’s legacy. If all children can go to school like the rich kids, you should know that it’s Marx’s legacy. If you don’t work 16 to 18 hours per day, and instead work 8 hours per day, you should know that it’s Marx’s legacy. If you have a trade union and can protest against the greedy employers, your working conditions or your income, it’s Marx’s legacy. If you can have annual vacations, unemployment benefits, free education, free health care, social security, and many other things you should know that it’s Marx’s legacy. In fact, part of Marx’s legacy is great. But it’s not the whole story, and as you know, many horrible and awful things are part of Marx’s legacy, too. In fact, Marx’s legacy has two sides. The tragedy of Communism, Stalin’s regime, USSR, millions deaths in USSR, Proletariat’s Dictatorship, abolishing Private property and Personal freedom, Historicism, the stupid laws of history, and other horrible things are Marx’s legacy, too. Popper said: “Marx was one of the first philosophers to develop the views which later were called Pragmatism. Science, Marx taught, should yield practical results. Marx said: ‘Always look at the fruits, the practical consequences of a theory . They tell something even of its scientific structure’,” but what were the fruits of Marx’ theories? Historicism, Historical Prophecy, Communism, Leninism, Stalinism, USSR, Totalitarianism, Animal Farm, and hundreds millions victims


Marx could be a great social reformer, but part of him was a stupid and naive revolutionary. Of course, he was a honest idiot, not a stupid bastard. But the majority of his followers and those who called themselves “Marxist”, were, and still are, stupid bastard. For knowing Marx, we should know his life, too. Marx was born into a rich family in Trier on the river Moselle, in Germany. His father, Heinrich Marx, was a lawyer and later counselor of justice, and his grandfather was the rabbi of Trie. At the age of 17, Marx enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bonn. The following year, Marx’s father sent him to University of Berlin, a prestigious university, where he remained four years. So, Marx was a bourgeois, not a proletarian, and until his death he lived like a bourgeois, not a proletarian. Of course, Marx did not try to deny or hide this fact, but his stupid followers try to distort the facts. Anyway, Marx became a liberal opposition to the Prussian autocracy, moved into journalism and, in 1842, became editor, in Cologne, a liberal newspaper backed by industrialists (not workers). The Prussian government closed the paper, and Marx emigrated to France. During his first few months in Paris, Marx became a communist. It was also in Paris that Marx developed his lifelong partnership with Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). Marx was expelled from Paris in 1844 and with Engels, moved to Brussels where he remained for the next three years, visiting England where Engels’ family had cotton spinning business in Manchester. In fact, Engels was a real bourgeois and a rich man, too. He supported Marx financially. And it’s another funny historical fact. In Brussels, Marx devoted himself to an intensive study of history and elaborated what came to be known as the materialist conception of history. At that time Marx had no job, like his whole life, and his family and friends supported him financially. In 1848, Marx moved back to Paris when a revolution first broke out and onto Germany where he founded, again in Cologne. Marx’s paper was suppressed and he sought refuge in London in 1849, and lived there in “exile” until his death. Marx had a love-hate relationship with Britain. Settling in London, Marx was optimistic about the imminence of a new revolutionary outbreak in Europe. The stupid lefts have always had such delusions in the past 150 years, but what Marx said was not as stupid as what his followers say. During the first half of the 1850s, the Marx family lived in a three room flat in the Soho quarter of London, with difficulty. Of course, their conditions were not like the horrible conditions of the poor class that Marx called them “the proletariat”. Marx’s major source of income at this time was Engels who was trying a steadily increasing income from the family business in Manchester. Engels and his family were rich, and Marx was so lucking that had a rich friend. Marx really was lucky, because inheritances from his wife’s uncles and her mother, and a further inheritance of money and a house from an old colleague, allowed him to live in more comfort. Marx did not have any job in his life, except thinking and writing book or article. Darwin and many other great men in Europe had the same situation. They had rich family and focused only on thinking and writing without any serious financial problem. But Marx wanted to abolish these ‘bourgeois privileges’, while he himself enjoyed it and lived by it. In fact, Marx was a bourgeois and live like a bourgeois, while he tried to fight against whom he called them ‘the bourgeois’, and it’s one of the ridiculous paradoxes of Marx . In 1850s, Marx wrote weekly articles as a foreign correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune. In fact, Marx and Americans were not enemy of each others as some stupid people say. Marx also was devoting his time and energy to the First International, (communists gatherings) to whose General Council he was elected at its inception in 1864. The most important political event during the existence of the International was the Paris Commune of 1871 when the citizens of Paris rebelled against their government and held the city for two months, but finally were brutally suppressed. Marx supported this rebellion and the violent protests. In fact, he did not believe in non-violent protests and thought it’s a bourgeois thing, and it was a great mistake. The violent only creates violent and “Animal Farm”. During the last decade of his life, Marx’s health declined. He traveled to European spas and even to Algeria in search of recuperation. But the deaths of his eldest daughter and his wife clouded the last years of his life. In fact, Marx did not live like a proletarian, and his lifestyle and his whole life was like a bourgeois, but he talked nonsense about the class war and the proletariat dictatorship. Of course, he was honest and did not hide any thing, but his followers were so stupid and charlatan. Marx stupidly emphasized the importance of class war and uniting the uneducated and illiterate workers. Marx could not understand that the illiterate and ignorant workers are as stupid and dangerous as the greedy rich, and they can not build a better world. At that time, the poor class, or the proletariat, had very horrible conditions and more than 99% of them were illiterate and ignorant. But Marx was not one of them and had not lived like them or with them. Marx was a bourgeois, and did not have first hand knowledge about the proletariat, their stupidities, and their problems. The poor class needed education and social reform, not the stupid Communism and the great tragedy of the proletariat dictatorship that killed millions proletarians and destroyed many other lives. Marx could be a great social reformer, but his great mistakes converted him into a symbol of stupidity and great mistakes. Some stupid Marxists say: “Just as Darwin discovered the law of development or organic nature, Marx discovered the law of development of human history”. It’s really ridiculous and laughable that they talk nonsense about the greatest mistake of Marx. We would write more about it later.