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By November 29, 2007Media Relations

marx_200.jpgFrom the promo for the hourlong news magazine, “Talk of the Nation,” broadcast Wednesday:

Talk of the Nation, November 28, 2007 · Francis Wheen, biographer of Karl Marx, argues that as long as capitalism endures, Marx’s masterwork, Das Kapital, will be required reading.

First published in 1867, Marx’s influential critique of capitalism laid the groundwork for thinkers and revolutionaries to follow.

In his “biography” of Marx’s treatise — the latest in the Grove/Atlantic Books That Changed the World series — Wheen writes that Marx describes “a world in which humans are enslaved by the monstrous power of inanimate capital and commodities.”

The biography sheds light on Marx’s childhood, his experience of alienation, and his 20-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece.

Especially liked this: “Marx’s influential critique of capitalism laid the groundwork for thinkers and revolutionaries to follow.”

Yes, and it also laid the groundwork for the 100 million dead that followed. Guess the book was influential, at that.

As long as Marx endures, the Black Book of Communism will be required reading, one would hope.

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  • Phil Dirt says:

    while you’re at it, be sure to the “groundwork” laid by the Bible in the deaths of 100s of millions.

    … the difference, of course, being that in the Bible God explicitly orders his subjects to perform rape and genocide, whereas Marx simply critiqued capitalism.

    Get a grip.

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