Karl Marx at 200: Ten quotes by the political philosopher who said 'the proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains'

Published: 05th May 2018 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2018 03:17 PM  

As the world marks Karl Marx's 200th birth anniversary, the revolutionary philosopher's legacy remains divisive more than a quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here are ten quotes by the leftist-visionary that is prevalent even two centuries after his birth. (Photo | AP)
Karl Marx
'The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.' IN PIC: Visitors walk past a photograph of Karl Marx at an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth at the National Museum in Beijing. (Photo | AP)
Karl Marx
'The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together.' IN PIC: A painting of Karl Marx believed to be drawn back in 1875. (Photo | AFP)
Engels and Marx
'Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.' IN PIC: Chinese passers-by ride their bicycles under giant portraits of philosophers and theorists of socialism Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which were set up in Beijing at Tiananmen Square on Apri 29, 1986 two days ahead of Labor Day celebrations. (Photo | AFP)
'Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.' IN PIC: Visitors look at a painting of young Karl Marx at an exhibition to commemorate his 200th anniversary at the National Museum in Beijing. (Photo | AP)
'The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.' IN PIC: A French communist with a Karl Marx poster reading 'an another world is possible' demonstrates against NATO, 20 November 2002 at the Old City square in Prague, a day before the start of the NATO summit. (Photo | AFP)
'Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.' IN PIC: An artist completes an installation featuring a giant portrait of German philosopher and historian Karl Marx, in a Berlin gallery 03 February 2005. (Photo | AFP)
'The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.' IN PIC: Former leader of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin under a portrait of Karl Marx at his office in Moscow. (Photo | AFP)
'The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.' IN PIC: Visitors line up for a group photo in front of a sculpture of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels at an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Marx at the National Museum in Beijing. (Photo | AP)
Karl Marx
'Revolutions are the locomotives of history.' IN PIC: An illustration of Karl Marx making a trendy v-for-victory sign with two fingers that's part of a media campaign with a catch theme song, dramatic readings that declared 'Marx was Correct' on a smartphone, in Beijing. (Photo | AP)
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  • Gauri

    Communism - responsible for murding 100 million people since 1917. Than you Karl.
    6 months ago reply
  • Gauri

    yes feminism is a great destructive force.
    6 months ago reply
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