The most famous and influential advocate of equality among people (especially in terms of misery). Ironically enough, Marx is buried in London, the most affluent city in the European Union; most visitors to his grave are from China, the nation that lost the most human lives trying to bring Marx’s ideas into real life. His neighbour in Highgate Cemetery is Mr. Herbert Spencer, which is rather pleasing. Herbert Spencer was the ideological antithesis of Marx, being a classical liberal and often considered as a precursor to libertarianism.
See Marxism, Marxist economy, labour theory of value, communism, socialism
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“All the experience he had was in his own home, where his failure was catastrophic for his wife and family. Of his children some died of slow starvation and two committed suicide. Retaining and increasing all his professional learning, he became more purely theoretical than even professors are allowed to be. Of the difficulties of organising human society he knew practically nothing.”
(C. Northcote Parkinson: Left Luggage—From Marx to Wilson. Penguin Books, 1967)
“It is the people who cannot manage their own affairs who feel most confident about ruling the world.”