Karl Marx: Biographical Memoirs ...

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C. H. Kerr, 1901 - 181 pages
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Page 57 - Marx: Marx made fun of the victorious European reaction which imagined that it had stifled the revolution and did not suspect that natural science was preparing a new revolution. King Steam, who had revolutionized the world in the previous century, was coming to the end of his reign and another incomparably greater revolutionary would take his place, the electric spark. . . . The consequences are unpredictable. The economic revolution must be followed by a political one, for...
Page 158 - Never shall I forget the morning when he felt strong enough to go into mother's room. When they were together they were /young again — she a loving girl and he a loving youth, on the threshold of life, not an old man devastated by illness and an old dying woman parting from each other for life."30 During that last month, when Mrs.
Page 57 - ... electric spark. And now Marx, all flushed and excited, told me that during the last few days the model of an electric engine drawing a railroad train was on exhibition in Regent street. 'Now the problem is solved— the consequences are indefinable. In the wake of the economic revolution the political must necessarily follow.
Page 150 - Hurrah, an idea!' And in memory of mad student's pranks he picked up a stone, and Clash! Clatter! a gas lantern went flying into splinters. Nonsense is contagious - Marx and I did not stay behind, and we broke four or five street lamps - it was, perhaps, 2 o'clock in the morning and the streets were deserted in consequence. But the noise nevertheless attracted the attention of a policeman who with quick resolution gave the signal to his colleagues on the same beat. And immediately counter-signals...
Page 185 - The author frankly recognizes that no writer can avoid being influenced by his class environment, and he himself speaks distinctly as a proletarian and a Socialist. "Science and Revolution" Is an essential link In the chain of evidence proving that conclusions drawn by Socialists from the facts of science. 5. The Triumph of Life. By Wilhelm Boelsch*.
Page 65 - South German sentimental haziness'. After a long plea in mitigation, the candidate was pardoned. But his ordeal had not finished: the Communists' resident phrenologist, Karl Pfaender, was then summoned to carry out a further investigation of Liebknecht's cranial contours. 'Well, my skull was officially inspected by Karl Pfaender and nothing was found that would have prevented my admission into the Holiest of Holies of the Communist League. But the examinations did not cease . . .' Marx, who was only...
Page 82 - For popularity Marx entertained a sovereign contempt. What he especially praised in Robert Owen was that whenever any of his ideas became popular he would come forth with a new demand making him unpopular. Free from all conceit, Marx could not attribute any value to the applause of the masses. The masses were to him a brainless crowd whose thoughts and feelings were furnished by the ruling class.
Page 153 - horrible example" in the way of a cigar was lighted, Marx blew the delicious smoke into the air with raptured mien. "I was a little suspicious at first; generally they bring a miserable weed from Germany; but this one is really good!"— We assented with grave faces, although we were ready to burst. A few days later he learned the true state of things. He did not lose his temper, but maintained obstinately, that the cigar had been a genuine Havana and that we were now trying to hoodwink him.
Page 149 - damned foreigners!" issued from the company, soon followed by louder repetitions. Threatening words were spoken, the brains began to be heated, fists were brandished in the air and— we were sensible enough to choose the better part of valor and managed to effect, not wholly without difficulty, a passably dignified retreat.
Page 71 - Marx himself— who did not wish to be called a "Marxist" and ridiculed the "Marxists...

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