[OPE-L:1394] Marx and the BBC

Alejandro Ramos (aramos@btl.net)
Fri, 01 Oct 1999 14:31:37 -0500

Dear Friends:

This is from the BBC news website.

Friday, October 1, 1999

Karl Marx: Controversial revolutionary ideas

Revolutionary writer Karl Marx has topped a BBC News Online poll to find
the greatest thinker of the millennium.

The nineteenth century writer won September's vote with a clear margin,
pushing Albert Einstein, who had led for most of the month, into second

The top 10 included philosophers Immanuel Kant and Rene Descartes as well
as twentieth century scientist Stephen Hawking.

The vote was the ninth of BBC News Online's monthly Your Millennium series.
In October you can vote for the greatest explorer of the last thousand

To inspire you, two record-breaking British explorers, Brian Jones and
David Hempleman-Adams, have contributed their personal top-10 lists.

Karl Marx is probably the most influential socialist thinker to emerge in the
nineteenth century and one of the founders of communism.

Although dictatorships throughout the twentieth century have distorted his
original ideas, his work as a philosopher, social scientist, historian and a
revolutionary is respected by academics today.

Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883) was born into a middle-class family in
Germany, but he became a revolutionary in Paris, Brussels and London.

He met the like-minded Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) in France. Together
they wrote The Communist Manifesto, which outlined the theory of the class
struggle. Marx was exiled from Paris and Brussels for his revolutionary
activities and settled in London where he lived until his death.

Amongst Marx's other influential works are the Economic and Philosophical
Manuscripts, which remained unpublished until the 1930s, and the monumental
work Das Kapital.

BBC News Online readers from across the world took part in the millennium

Dag Thoresen from Norway, said: "Karl Marx has inspired thousands of
liberation struggles. He was the father of modern political thinking."

And Jyotsna Kapur from the USA said: "Marx analysed best the working of
capitalism. Given that that is the system that characterises the world at
the end of the twentieth century his work is as relevant to understanding
the world we live in as it was for understanding the nineteenth century."

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