From the gods:
The Greatest Philosopher
The Scholastics had it right in considering Aristotle the greatest philosopher; indeed that great Aristotelian, Thomaso d’Aquino, simply called him “The Philosopher.” Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, as the book said, and a recent BBC poll puts Karl Marx as the Greatest Philosopher. How deep has the rot gotten that a second rate intellectual, who passed himself off as a historian and economist – which he was neither – could be regarded as a philosopher? Below is the BBC’s brief biography:
Marx developed the theories upon which modern communism is based and is considered the founding father of economic history and sociology.
Which would certainly surprise anyone who has read Adam Smith or Montesquieu.
Marx set down his ideas in The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital ((3 vol., 1861, 1885, 1894) arguing that economic relations determined all other features of a society, including its ideas.
And for this he is considered a genius? The Left often mocks the Right for its adherence to “Economic Man,” yet it is the modern Left that sees man as purely an economic creature.
He also outlined the goal of Marxism – the creation of social and economic utopia by the revolution of the proletariat which would “centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the state.”
All class boundaries would be destroyed and each individual would find personal fulfilment, having no need for the bourgeois institutions of religion or family. Marx himself was an atheist, coining the phrase, “Religion is the opium of the people.”
Unlike modern public education.
Marx continued to express views about class struggle and bourgeois oppression throughout his life, despite being exiled from his homeland and coping with both his own illness and the death of his children.
Most modern socialist theories are drawn from his work but Karl Marx has had a wider influence touching on many areas of human thought and life such as politics, economics, philosophy, and literature.
Sad, indeed… we’re in full agreement with the gods.