Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883) was the founder of Marxism. He was born to a Jewish family of rabbis in Trier, Prussia. The original family name was Mordechai. Through his mother, Marx was distantly related to the Rothschilds. His father, a Freemason, had converted to Protestantism for career reasons. Marx did not receive a traditional Jewish uprising, but instead a liberal one. He studied law, but was more interested in other topics. An early important influence was the Jewish socialist Moses Hess, who later would be one of the founders of Zionism.
Marx eventually started writing in support of socialism and revolutionary activities. He and his family had to move several times order to avoid the authorities. Together with Friedrich Engels, Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848. In 1849, he and his family had to move to London. He remained there for the rest of his life and developed his own variant of socialism, Marxism. An important text was Capital: Critique of Political Economy. Marx had an important role in the First International (1864–1876), which was an international umbrella organization for various socialist groups. It eventually split after a conflict with social anarchists, notably the anti-Semitic Mikhail Bakunin.
Marx was a relatively obscure and unknown figure for much of his life. The First International gave him some influence among socialists, especially among extremist revolutionaries inspired by the easily read and extremist Communist Manifesto, but he was relatively unknown to the general public until the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, after which he was used in a massive propaganda personality cult and was given an almost religious status.
There are extensive criticisms of Marx and Marxism by a wide variety of critics. This section will just briefly overview a few examples. More details can be found in the "External links" section and many other sources critical of Marx and Communism.
Regarding criticisms of Marxism, see the Communism article.
Regarding more personal criticisms, although the distinction between Marx's "personal" views and "official" Marxist views is often difficult, one criticism has been of racist views, such as regarding Russians and Slavs. Henry Hyndman, who spent many hours in Marx's company, in his Record of an Adventurous Life, attributed this anti-Russian obsession to Marx's Jewish ethnocentrism. These anti-Russian views may have contributed to the mass killings of Russians by Communists, who often were from non-Russian ethnic minorities.
Marx has also been criticized for racist views against many other groups, dislike of the working class, disdain for Western civilization, and general contempt for humanity.
Marx, notably in his text On the Jewish Question, portrayed Jews as a clannish group engaged in economic exploitation of gentiles. This would disappear in the future Communist utopian society, although some form of Jewish group identity would continue to exist also there. Some have suggested that Marx viewed his Jewishness as a liability (anti-Semitic views were not uncommon among early socialists, see the anti-Semitism article), and went to elaborate lengths to deny it in order to prevent criticism of his writings. A theme in other anti-Semitic writing (such as in Hitler’s writings) has been to claim that Marx had a specifically Jewish agenda in advocating a world society dominated by Jews in which gentile nationalism, gentile ethnic consciousness, and traditional gentile elites would be eliminated. See also the article on Jews and Communism.
Marx's wife hired a housekeeper when she received some money from an inheritance. Marx's final child was born to the housekeeper. Marx initially lied to his wife and claimed that his friend Engels was the father but eventually confessed.
Other examples of criticisms include of laziness and selfishness. The highly educated Marx refused to take an ordinary job, instead preferring to live on handouts from his friend Engels, and in effect preferring that his family should often live in filth and poverty, contributing to four of his children dying before reaching adulthood.
- Karl Marx Lived In Filth And Neglected His Children
- Karl Marx: Racist Supremacist, Enemy of Humanity & Hypocrite
- Karl Marx – Evil's Idol
Inside the mind of Marx
|“||The Jew has emancipated himself in a Jewish manner not only by gaining financial power, but because through him and without him money has become a world power and the practical Jewish spirit has become the practical spirit of the Christian nations. The self-emancipation of the Jews has gone so far that the Christians have become Jews. Yes, the practical dominion of Judaism over the Christian world has reached its normal, unambiguous expression in North America.||”|
|“||What was the real basis of the Jewish religion? Practical need, egotism. The God of practical need and egotism is money. Money is the jealous God of Israel before whom no other God may endure. Money debases all gods of men and transforms them into commodities. The God of the Jews has become the God of the universe. The real God of the Jews is money. Their God is only an illusory bill of exchange.||”|
|“||We recognize therefore in Judaism a generally present anti-social element which has been raised to its present peak by historical development, in which the Jews eagerly assisted, and now it has of necessity to dissolve itself. In its final meaning the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of humanity from Judaism.||”|
|“||The classes and the races too weak to master the new conditions of life must give way.... They must perish in the revolutionary holocaust.||”|
|“||The chief mission of all other races and peoples, large and small, is to perish in the revolutionary holocaust.||”|
Quotes about Marx
|“||The class struggle had a just motive, and Socialism at the beginning was in the right. What has happened is that instead of pursuing its original path of seeking after social justice among men. Socialism has turned into a mere doctrine, and one of the chilliest frigidity, and it has no concern, great or small, for the liberation of working men. Karl Marx was a German Jew who sat in his study and watched, with horrible impassivity, the most dramatic happenings of his age. He was a German Jew who, with the British factories in Manchester before his eyes, and in the middle of formulating inexorable laws about the accumulation of capital, in the middle of formulating inexorable laws about production and about the interests of employers and workmen, was all the time writing letters to his friend Friedrich Engels, telling him the workers were a mob and a rabble, which need not be bothered with except in so far as they might serve to test out his doctrines.||”|
—José Antonio Primo de Rivera, 4 March 1934.
|“||This world is now, at least for the most part, at the disposal of Marx on the one hand, and of Rothschild on the other. This may seem strange. What can there be in common between socialism and a leading bank? The point is that authoritarian socialism, Marxist communism, demands a strong centralisation of the state. And where there is centralisation of the state, there must necessarily be a central bank, and where such a bank exists, the parasitic Jewish nation, speculating with the Labour of the people, will be found.||”|
- Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig (2000). Die Politik der Geselligkeit: Freimaurerlogen in der deutschen Bürgergesellschaft, 1840-1918. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN 352535911X. p. 182.
- Henry Hyndman (10 May 2013). "The Record of an Adventurous Life".
- Karl Marx: Racist Supremacist, Enemy of Humanity & Hypocrite http://www.europeanknightsproject.com/karl-marx-racist-jewish-supremacist-enemy-humanity-hypocrite/
- MacDonald, K. B. Separation and Its Discontents Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism.
- MacDonald, K. B. The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements.
- Stewart Home Society (10 September 2010). "Anarchist Integralism, Aesthetics, Politics and the Après-Garde".
- NewLaunches.com (10 May 2013). "Karl Marx credit cards for the communist in you".
- Helium.com (10 May 2013). "Karl Marx' tomb and Highgate Cemetery in London".
- Standard.co.uk (10 May 2013). "Vandals daub paint on Karl Marx's grave".
- CamdenNewJournal.co.uk (10 May 2013). "Tomb raiders’ failed attack on Marx grave, Secret files show threat to Highgate Cemetery memorial".