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Karl Marx Quotes


"I never read Karl Marx." - Jean-Luc Godard

"The real 19th century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx." - Albert Camus

"What does Karl Marx put on his pasta? Communist Manipesto!" - Stephen Colbert

"Those people upstairs think that Karl Marx was somebody who wrote a good anti-trust law." - Warren Beatty

"Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species" - E O Wilson

"The economic answer to the world's problems is John Adams, not [Karl] Marx." - John Ringo

"The socialist tradition....goes back to Jesus Christ, not (Karl) Marx." - Mikhail Gorbachev

"I can't understand Karl Marx, so how can I be a Communist?" - Charlie Chaplin

"The shallowest and therefore the most successful representative of the apologists of vulgar economics. Karl Marx" - Frederic Bastiat

"On the mound is Randy Jones, the left-hander with the Karl Marx hairdo." - Jerry Coleman

"The world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl." - Irving Berlin

"Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great." - Clement Attlee

"The religion of that prophet [Karl Marx] who knew not the truth, is founded upon equality of the belly." - Muhammad Iqbal

"Karl Marx himself preferred a glass of claret to the mug of tea affected by some of his recent converts." - Denis Healey

"National self-sufficiency or "autarchy" is the ideal of [Adolf] Hitler, not of [Karl] Marx and [Vladimir] Lenin." - Leon Trotsky

"This Marxian sentence, repeated to the point of boredom, is misinterpreted. In reality [Karl] Marx was a "religious" man." - Erich Fromm

"For [Karl] Marx it is socialist society which realizes "concretely" the religious principles of equality, brotherly love, and freedom." - Erich Fromm

"Karl Marx was in favor of socialist and communist-socialist revolutions, but he had a pretty nuanced view about it." - Noam Chomsky

"I love Karl Rove. He elected Bush." - Dick Morris

"To paraphrase Karl Marx, the great Karl Marx, a specter is haunting the streets of Copenhagen...Capitalism is the specter, almost nobody wants to mention it...Socialism, the other specter Karl Marx spoke about, which walks here too, rather it is like a counter-specter. Socialism, this is the direction, this is the path to save the planet, I don't have the least doubt. Capitalism is the road to hell, to the destruction of the world." - Hugo Chavez

"Freedom is slavery some poets tell us. Enslave yourself to the right leader's truth, Christ's or Karl Marx', and it will set you free." - Robert Frost

"Could there be a better answer to the stupidity of Karl Marx than millions of workers individually sharing in the ownership of the means of production." - Ronald Reagan

"The great trouble with you Americans is that you are still under the influence of that second-rate - shall I say third-rate? - mind, Karl Marx." - H G Wells

"Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Calvin:"It says here that 'religion is the opiate of the masses.'...what do you suppose that means?" Television: " means that Karl Marx hadn't seen anything yet" - Bill Watterson

"I love cell phones. I see people so happy and proud, walking around. Gesturing, you know. I'm like Karl Marx, I'm up for anything that makes people happy." - Kurt Vonnegut

"President Obama inherited a one trillion dollar deficit courtesy of George Bush and turned it into a three trillion dollar deficit courtesy of Karl Marx!" - Michael Savage

"This kind of collective society - giving to each according to his need - existed in Africa not only before Karl Marx, but also before Europe." - John Henrik Clarke

"The substitution of meaning accounts for the grasping of misers as well as the extravagance of spendthrifts. Karl Marx well understood this peculiar transformation of flesh into coin." - Lewis H Lapham

"Your eyes flashed fire into my soul. I immediately read the words of Dostoyevsky and Karl Marx, and in the words of Albert Schweitzer, I FANCY YOU!" - Eddie Izzard

"I'm one of those people that think Thomas Edison and the light bulb changed the world more than Karl Marx ever did." - Steve Jobs

"Karl Lagerfeld is the hardest-working man in showbiz!" - Theophilus London

"Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford are both geniuses." - Arizona Muse

"Do you know who Karl Marx is? He is this strange little man, long dead, who lived his narrow little life, and somehow managed by the power of his wayward brain to lay hold upon millions of human lives!" - Anchee Min

"From the days of Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx... this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society... has been steadily growing." - Winston Churchill

"I want to get totally rid of class distinction. As someone put it one of the papers this morning: Marks and Spencer have triumphed over Karl Marx and Engels." - Margaret Thatcher

"Kant was probably the worst writer ever heard of on earth before Karl Marx. Some of his ideas were really quite simple, but he always managed to make them seem unintelligible. I hope he is in Hell." - H L Mencken

"Well, first of all I think that we have to be careful with terms like the working class, obviously. When [Karl] Marx wrote about the working class he was writing about something much more bounded than we're talking about." - Bill Ayers

"For both Adam Smith and Karl Marx the essential work of caring for people, starting in early childhood, was "just women's work" - and in their minds not even classified as "productive work."" - Riane Eisler

"In his condemnation [Karl] Marx referred to institutionalized religion,that has precisely the function of anesthetizing men till they do not notice the in- justice of which they are the perpetrators and the victims." - Erich Fromm

"I think [Karl] Marx, Pope John XXIII or Rosa Luxemburg [had achieved the mode of existence].But it would be useless to look at a list of illustrious names." - Erich Fromm

"Karl Marx made a great contribution to the liberation cause of mankind, and because of his immortal exploits his name is still enshrined in the hearts of the working class and peoples of all countries." - Kim Jong Il

"Hillary Clinton bothers me a lot. I realized the other day that her thoughts sound a lot like Karl Marx. She hangs around a lot of Marxists. All her friends are Marxists." - Dick Armey

"The communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole. But what he didn't figure into was human nature, and that's what corrupts it." - Jesse Ventura

"Our tradition of political thought had its definite beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle. I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx." - Hannah Arendt

"The founder of every creed from Jesus Christ to Karl Marx, would be appalled to return to earth and see what has been made of that creed, not by its enemies, but by its most devoted adherents." - Sydney J Harris

"Mr. Speaker, in 1848, Karl Marx said, a progressive income tax is needed to transfer wealth and power to the state. Thus, Marx's Communist Manifesto had as its major economic tenet a progressive income tax. Think about it, 1848 Karl Marx, Communism.... I say it is time to replace the progressive income tax with a national retail sales tax, and it is time to abolish the IRS, my colleagues. I yield back all the rules, regulations, fear, and intimidation of our current system." - James Traficant

"A crackpot theory. Instead of saying labor's exploited, as Marx did, Kelso says capital's exploited. It's worse than Marx. It's Marx stood on its head." - Milton Friedman

"After reading The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi, I realized that capitalism did not naturally grow as [Karl] Marx would imply by his theory of historical materialism. People were dragged into capitalism screaming, shouting, and fighting all along the way, trying to resist this industrial and commercial world." - Murray Bookchin

"Karl Marx once said, 'The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.' Marx was wrong. The last capitalist to be hanged shall be the one who donated the rope, and then lobbied for his own hanging." - Amy Ridenour

"For [Karl] Marx what counts is man. He is the root of everything;while for capitalism, the aim are things, profit, and man is only a means to gain them. As an authentically religious individual, Marx could not be other than against "religion"." - Erich Fromm

"Eleanor Marx was her father's first biographer. All subsequent biographies of Karl Marx, and most of Engels, draw on her work as their primary sources for the family history, often without knowing it. I think if she'd been a son, she would have been referenced more." - Rachel Holmes

"The Rulers of Russia, then, are Jewish Politicians, and they are applying to the world the doctrine of Karl Marx (Mordecai). Marx, was a clear and lucid Talmudist...full of that old Hebrew (sic) materialism which ever dreams of a paradise on earth and always rejects the hope held out of the chance of a Garden of Eden after Death." - Bernard Lazare

"Jesus was not a Christian, nor was Marx a Marxist." - Eric Hoffer

"It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution - real girl's talk." - Nina Simone

"Strange is the influence of Marx on character." - Christina Stead

"To restore America we need less Marx and more Madison." - Glenn Beck

"A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx." - Ronald Reagan

"To write an autobiography of Groucho Marx would be as asinine as to read an autobiography of Groucho Marx." - Groucho Marx

"I would have been a Republican if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls." - Wesley Clark

"Oddly enough, I find the best hostages are the live ones. - Karl" - Kelley Armstrong

"Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life." - Azzedine Alaia

"There's a sense in which Marx does contribute to the fund of human knowledge, and we can no more dismiss him than we can [George] Hegel or [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau or [Baruch] Spinoza or [Charles] Darwin; you don't have to be a Darwinian to appreciate Darwin's views, and I don't have to be a Marxist to appreciate what is valid in a number of [Karl] Marx's writings-and Marx would call that a form of simple commodity production rather than capitalism." - Murray Bookchin

"As Karl Marx once noted: 'Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.' William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes trial was a tragedy. The creationists and intelligent design theorists are a farce." - Michael Shermer

"Even as rigorous a determinist as Karl Marx, who at times described the social behaviour of the bourgeoisie in terms which suggested a problem in social physics, could subject it at other times to a withering scorn which only the presupposition of moral responsibility could justify." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"There are several states that move from Karl Marx-like policies to Adam Smith-like policies and back again in a weekend. So for the states with huge volatility in their income tax policies over time, the differences in growth rates in those periods are really amazingly consistent with tax rates really mattering." - Arthur Laffer

"We have to unmask this man [POTUS Obama]. This is a man that seeks to destroy all concept of God - and I will tell you what, this is classical Marxist philosophy. Karl Marx very clearly said Marxism requires that we destroy God because government must become God." - Rafael

"Shouldn't someone tag Mr. Kennedy's bold new imaginative program with its proper age? Under the tousled boyish haircut is still old Karl Marx-first launched a century ago. There is nothing new in the idea of a government being Big Brother." - Ronald Reagan

"I believe that the Jews have made a contribution to the human condition out of all proportion to their numbers: I believe them to be an immense people. Not only have they supplied the world with two leaders of the stature of Jesus Christ and Karl Marx, but they have even indulged in the luxury of following neither one nor the other." - Peter Ustinov

"The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka." - Aleister Crowley

"There was an idea in the air, becoming clearer and stronger, an idea not just in the theories of Karl Marx but in the dreams of writers and artists through the ages: that people might cooperatively use the treasures of the earth to make life better for everyone, not just a few." - Howard Zinn

"The capitalist system was termed "capitalism" not by a friend of the system, but by an individual who considered it to be the worst of all historical systems, the greatest evil that had ever befallen mankind. That man was Karl Marx." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Communism is as Jewish as the Mafia is Italian. It's a fact that almost all of the convicted spies for communism have been atheist Jews like the Rosenbergs. And international communism was invented by the Jew Karl Marx and has since been led mostly by Jews - like Trotsky." - George Lincoln Rockwell

"In 1844, Karl Marx said, "Religion is the opiate of the masses." He said this at a time when opium and opium derivatives were the only painkillers. And he said it helped a little. He might as well have said, "Religion is the aspirin of the people."" - Kurt Vonnegut

"One of the most powerful and prophetic analysts was Karl Marx. He showed how work can alienate a person from their nature and potential. Certain work can dull and darken human presence... the linear mind can miss its gift... Perception is crucial to understanding." - John O'Donohue

"Karl Marx recognized that workers without a choice are workers in chains. But his idea of breaking chains was for us to depose the pharaohs and then build the pyramids for ourselves, as if building pyramids is something we just can't stop doing, we love it so much." - Daniel Quinn

"Never was it [Capitalism] imposed on life as a system, or at all. It grew out of life, not all at once but gradually, and is therefore one of the great natural designs. When it was found and identified by such men as Adam Smith, who wrote its bible, and Karl Marx, who wrote its obituary too soon, it was already working." - Garet Garrett

"Karl Marx predicted the eventual withering away of the state and the 'dictatorship of the proletariat,' when the people would rule, which was sheer fantasy because it was sheer fantasy because it was based on grossly erroneous assumptions about human nature, as history would repeatedly demonstrate." - David Limbaugh

"Since the election [of Donald Trump], I've been thinking about a lot of theory. Lots of [Michel] Foucault and [Karl] Marx, thinking about different systems, thinking about power. Trying to figure out what I can take and learn from history as a tool for getting through whatever is happening right now, which feels very significant and major." - Morgan Parker

"Karl Marx left it to others to find the way beyond capitalism to a higher form of society. He saw his role as giving them as accurate a theory as he could of how capitalism works, which would also show them the reasons why it needs to be abolished and replaced by a freer and more human form of society." - Allen W. Wood

"I begin with the renaming of the system. It used to be capitalism. But that evokes [Karl] Marx and [John] Rockefeller. So now we speak of the market system. That is a nice bland expression, which forgets those off-color references." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"The most distinguished advocate and the most distinguished critic of modern captialism were in agreement on one essential point: the job makes the person. Adam Smith and Karl Marx both recognized the extent to which people's attitudes and behaviors take shape out of the experiences they have in their work." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Karl Marx did not call for an opposition to the forces of history. On the contrary he accepted all of them, the drive of technology, the revolutionizing effects of democratic striving, even the vagaries of capitalism, as being indeed the carriers of a brighter future." - Robert Heilbroner

"Capitalism can be alright, I mean Karl Marx didn't live to see what Roosevelt did with that Depression. He pulled everybody out of that Depression and everybody hated Franklin Roosevelt. He got into office four times. One after the other, with everybody saying, he can't get in again. Everybody voted for Roosevelt four times and he did a hell of a lot." - David Bowie

"I know of only six genuine comic geniuses in movie history; Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx & Harpo Marx, Peter Sellers, and W.C. Fields." - Woody Allen

"Marx was fortunate to have been born eighty years before Walt Disney. Disney also promised a child's paradise and unlike Marx, delivered on his promise." - John Ralston Saul

"Hess or no Hess, I'm going to watch the Marx Brothers." - Winston Churchill

"We turn to Marx, therefore, not because he is infallible, but because he is inescapable." - Robert Heilbroner

"I got caught up in the proletariat the way Marx describes it." - Joseph Brodsky

"In America, your job determines your marks. In Soviet Russia, Marx determine your job!" - Yakov Smirnoff

"Marx, if he had come back alive would have said Mao's his boy." - Paul Sweezy

"Mao is the only real Marxist at the leadership level in the post-Marx period." - Paul Sweezy

"Said Marx, Don't be snobbish, we seek to abolish The 3rd class, not the 1st." - Christopher Logue

"I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me." - George Jackson

"God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so well myself." - Eugene Ionesco

"The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true." - Hannah Arendt

"In 1944 James Arthur and Minnie Susan were added to the Marx household." - Harpo Marx

"So then you're free?' 'Yes, I'm free,' said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom." - Franz Kafka

"If man was devolving into a psychotic pit of rotted plasma, [Karl] Rove would be the Alpha of such grime." - Larisa Alexandrovna

"So then you're free?" "Yes, I'm free," said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom." - Franz Kafka

"I figured out Karl Rove's political strategy - make gas so expensive, no Democrats can afford to go to the polls." - John F Kerry

"There seems to be a human instinct for prayer. Swiss theologian Karl Barth calls it our 'incurable God-sickness.'" - Timothy Keller

"most of the environmental hype is really to help bring about Karl Marx's dream (nightmare) of a Communist world." - Kent Hovind

"My great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, was my biggest hero in life, my biggest inspiration behind everything I do." - Nik Wallenda

"I would love to be a spokes model for Karl Lagerfeld or Balenciaga or something like that." - Johnny Weir

"For nearly two centuries, scholars and politicians have debated the future of capitalism. Its critics, most prominent among them Karl Marx, have seen capitalism as intrinsically unstable, full of contradictions that will lead eventually to its collapse. Its supporters see it as the best way to allocate resources and rewards. Some even hint that the democratic capitalistic society is not just a phase in the historical evolution of economic systems but its ultimate end." - Raghuram Rajan

"Karl Marx was the foremost hater and most incessant whiner in the history of Western Civilization. He was a spoiled, overeducated brat who never grew up; he just grew more shrill as he grew older. His lifelong hatred and whining have led to the deaths (so far) of perhaps a hundred million people, depending on how many people perished under Mao's tyranny. We will probably never know." - Gary North

"In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great revolutionary crisis, a crisis where the demands of the economic order are conflicting directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the . . . West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union. It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of history by denying human freedom and human dignity to its citizens." - Ronald Reagan

"Truth as a cultural ideal has functioned as an opiate, perhaps the only serious opiate of the modern world. Karl Marx said that religion was the opiate of the masses. Raymond Aron retorted that Marxist ideas were in turn the opiate of the intellectuals. There is perspicacity in both these polemical thrusts. But is perspicacity truth? I wish to suggest that perhaps truth has been the real opiate, of both the masses and the intellectuals." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"Here's what I do believe very strongly: that once capitalism comes into existence, once it creates this mythology of a stingy nature, then that myth has to be exorcised. In other words, we have to get out of people's heads the idea that without a market economy, without egotism, competition, rivalry and self-interest, without all the technological advances that [Karl] Marx imputed to capitalism, we have to eliminate the feeling that we would sink into some kind of barbarism." - Murray Bookchin

"It is absurd for anyone to think that Soviet "Marxism" is a correct application of the thought of Karl Marx. No doubt Soviet propaganda represented it this way. But who believes Soviet propaganda? It is remarkable (but maybe not so remarkable after all, when you consider their motives) that apologists for capitalism, who would not accept Soviet propaganda on any other point, are eager to agree with it on this point." - Allen W. Wood

"I won't close down a business of subnormal profitability merely to add a fraction of a point to our corporate returns. I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable." - Warren Buffett

"I tend to be a loner ? I think a lot of social theorists are like that. On one level, the majority of the most important people to me are people who I have imaginary conversations with in the deep of the night: I'm often in conversation with Max Weber or Karl Marx or someone like that. Those are the people I'm closest to and that have had the most influence on me!" - George Ritzer

"The Frankenstein of Communism is the product of the Jewish mind, and was turned loose upon the world by the son of a Rabbi, Karl Marx, in the hopes of destroying Christian civilization - as well as others. The testimony given before the Senate of the United States which is take from the many pages of the Overman Report, reveals beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jewish bankers financed the Russian Revolution." - Kenneth Goff

"Shameless sponging on friends and relatives... Marx affected a hatred and contempt for the very material resource he was too anxious to cadge and use so recklessly. Marx created an entire philosophy around his own corrupt attitudes toward money." - Murray Rothbard

"The war we are fighting until victory or the bitter end is in its deepest sense a war between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate." - Joseph Goebbels

"I am sure that, on the one hand, the Rothschilds appreciate the merits of Marx, and that on the other hand, Marx feels an instinctive inclination and a great respect for the Rothschilds." - Mikhail Bakunin

"Marx and Engels are arguably history's most famous couple. Such was the closeness of their collaboration that it is not always easy to recall which works bore both names, which just that of Marx, and which just Engels." - Martin Jacques

"I'd always heard stories about how Harpo Marx was the most talkative of the Marx brothers. I found it interesting that someone you never got to hear speak in films would never not speak in real life." - Harmony Korine

"Jews talk a lot about God. But actually their god, just like Marx said, is money. Cash!" - George Lincoln Rockwell

"For Marx, 'pure' economic theory, that is economic theory which abstracts from a specific social structure, is impossible." - Ernest Mandel

"Here lies Groucho Marx and Lies and Lies and Lies P.S. He never kissed an ugly girl." - Groucho Marx

"Can't the Marx Brothers be arrested and maybe even tortured for all the confusion and problems they've caused?" - Jack Handey

"What really got my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers who never wrote their own jokes." - Buster Keaton

"Culture is always the echo of economic realities; that's what Marx teaches. Feminism is a clear example of that." - Stephen Marche

"[ Woody Allen] persona in the films are so iconic; it's like on par with Groucho Marx or something like that." - Alden Ehrenreich

"However, if Marx had not been more than a purveyor of phraseology, he would be dead by now." - Joseph Schumpeter

"Herzen: Marx is a bourgeois from the anus up. Natalie : Alexander! I won't have that word... Herzen: Sorry, middle-class." - Tom Stoppard

"Marx said that he had stood Hegel on his head; often Mr. Gregory has simply stood Pollyana on her head." - Randall Jarrell

"I believe that the future will learn more from the spirit of Gesell then from that of Marx." - John Maynard Keynes

"Keynes, like Freud and Marx, deserves to be read in the original, not through the glosses of his lesser disciples." - Robert Kuttner

"Give your goods to the poor: Christ. Property is theft - as long as it's not mine: Marx ." - Joseph Goebbels

"To Marx the claim of the theory of ideology is that all doctrine is a derivative of social circumstance." - Bernard Crick

"[Marx] explicates ideology as socially determined, [Stirner] as psychologically determined: both accuse it of remaining oblivious to its own determinations." - John Carroll

"An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics." - Jose Bergamin

"Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective." - John Lithgow

"I've got to say, I've probably seen a lot more of the Three Stooges than of the Marx Brothers." - Spike Jonze

"Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct." - Dean Koontz

"James Davison took me out to show me where Karl is living right now and where hes going to build. Karl wasnt at home. He was out there somewhere in the woods riding on some Caterpillar or some kind of tractor. But I figured wed at least knock on the door to see if he was there. His wife answered the door. So we got to meet Kay before Karl." - Terry Bradshaw

"If Karl, instead of writing a lot about capital, had made a lot of it, it would have been much better." - Karl Marx

"I met with Karl Lagerfeld, and if you have those kind of connections, that takes you into that world and puts you on that level." - Emily Ratajkowski

"Karl Malden was quite a mentor. He taught me things he had learned from being in front of a camera so long." - Gary Cole

"People imagine I am always in a Bentley with pearls and diamonds and black glasses and Karl Lagerfeld next to me." - Ines De La Fressange

"The study of celestial phenomena at radio wavelengths, radio astronomy came into being after the accidental discovery of cosmic radiation by radio engineer Karl Jansky in 1933." - Honor Harger

"Karl Malden was a good friend of mine, and he said, 'You draw the people to you,' and I guess that's what I do." - Bill Cosby

"If I were a girl, I always like Chanel. It's so stylish and timeless. So I like Karl Lagerfeld a lot." - Tiesto

"From the days of Spartacus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire." - Winston Churchill

"The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects - his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity." - Henry Hazlitt

"Karl Marx said, "The task is not just to understand the world but to change it." A variant to keep in mind is that if you want to change the world you'd better try to understand it. That doesn't mean listening to a talk or reading a book, though that's helpful sometimes. You learn from participating. You learn from others. You learn from the people you're trying to organize. We all have to gain the understanding and the experience to formulate and implement ideas." - Noam Chomsky

"There's one other interesting thing about Western democracy. It didn't arrive at the end point that Karl Marx thought it would that wealth would become more and more concentrated in the hands of the few, that eventually the few would be killed by the many who were deprived, and that a different kind of government would then develop. What happened in Western democracy is that we began to understand that a democratic system can't work if half of the people are starving and the other half are dieting." - John Shelby Spong



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