This is the case of the prosecution against Karl Marx. The original indictment handed in some years ago by E. Carr was critical but sober. Now Leopold Schwarzschild rings all the changes in the repertory of the trial attorney. He exploits every bit of circumstantial evidence and tears to tatters the moral character of the accused. This is understandable, since the principal charge is difficult to sustain.
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This is the case of the prosecution against Karl Marx. The original indictment handed in some years ago by E. Carr was critical but sober. Now Leopold Schwarzschild rings all the changes in the repertory of the trial attorney.
He exploits every bit of circumstantial evidence and tears to tatters the moral character of the accused. This is understandable, since the principal charge is difficult to sustain. The charge is that Marx is responsible for all the totalitarian evils of our time. He fathered Bolshevism and thereby grandfathered Nazism.
Our author has a plausible answer. He says they overlooked the criminal because they did not know a crime had been committed. The corpus delicti has only recently turned up. Circumstantial evidence holds a certain dangerous fascination for rough-and-ready common sense. If Socrates could marry Xantippe, was he really as bright as he is supposed to have been? Thus Mr. Next, exasperated by constant frustration, he invented character assassination as a political technique.
And he refused to describe the future society, not because it was a hard thing to do in an age when carefully-contrived Utopias were going to pieces, but because he could not disclose his plot to establish a system of muted slaves. Even the pure scientists are discovering today that their personal ideals and aims are vitally related to their work. And for statesmen and social philosophers this has always been true. But Mr. Marx was a great man.
Schwarzschild seems to think that making a living is some sort of virtue; I suppose he would say that making a very good living is divine grace itself. He seems to think that procrastination—especially when it means failure to deliver manuscripts on time to a publisher—is a crime.
Are we all mice? And in nothing is its failure more apparent than in the means of covering it up. Schwarzschild attacks everything Marx liked, and—which is not necessary even for his purposes—he defends everything Marx attacked. Marx was a product of philosophical training; all philosophy is silly and sterile. Marx opposed Bismarck; Bismarck was a paragon of liberalism and cosmopolitanism. He was sick to death of economics.
If he could only permit himself to free his thoughts from the unworthy fetters of facts and dates, and let them soar once more into the pure ether of speculation. What was he, after all: Pegasus or a cab-horse? An eagle of the spirit, soaring majestically above things in their entirety, or a frog, sitting in a swamp and snapping at flies?
He was seized with an angry homesickness for the high-minded discussions about God, the World Spirit, the Absolute Idea, and the nature of the all-powerful Hegelian engine which sets in motion the history of mankind. What devil had seduced him into exchanging the high ideas of philosophy for the insipidities of economics? A crazy thought had struck him. The all-powerful engine! A gust of wind blew down the street. Marx grabbed his hat. An interesting thought! A colossal thought!
Everything which has ever happened or ever will happen among human beings, has always had, and always will have, an economic cause.
Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Jun 18, Bubba rated it liked it Shelves: That is, all the great changes in history, the dialectic, were driven by economics. His horrible behaviour becomes much more understandable as a result. Jefferson marked it as to-read Oct 19, The author Schwartzchild was German Jewish intellectual of high caliber who escaped the Nazis twice, first in Germany then France. Marx was a good student with a powerful intellect, but he spent most of his university years in Bonn and Berlin, drinking, comporting himself l The German Leopold Schwarzschild wrote this biography of Marx in the early days of the Cold War, and it is clearly an attempt to discredit Marxist doctrine.
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