What Can Karl Marx Offer to the 21st Century?

by Anjan Basu

The Wire | March 14, 2019

Eric Hobsbawm, the well-known historian, recalls how George Soros once asked him about what Hobsbawm thought of Karl Marx. This was at the turn of the 21st century.

Surprised, and also aware that there was hardly any meeting ground between the billionaire hedge-funds wizard and champion of the free market and a Marxist historian who refused to renounce his membership of the British Communist Party even when the party faced liquidation, Hobsbawm chose to give an ambiguous answer.

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Marx’s tomb vandalised in suspected ‘hammer attack’

by Ceren Sagir

Morning Star | February 05, 2019

KARL MARX’S tomb was vandalised in a suspected “hammer attack” over the weekend and “will never be the same again.”

Marks appeared on the marble plaque situated under the bronze bust of the communist philosopher’s tomb, in Highgate Cemetery in north London, with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust charity condemning the “deliberate attack on the memory of Karl Marx.”Read More »

200 Years after his birth, Karl Marx lives on in the hills of Gorkhaland

groundxero | December 25, 2018

On 23rd December, Laali Guraas, a bi-monthly newsletter in Nepali language that is being published from the Darjeeling hills for the last 5 years, together with the Phulbari Sahitya Samiti, conducted a cultural festival “Srijana Utsav” to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx. Several cultural, social and political organisations from the hills and Dooars, came together for the program that took place at the scenic Tribeni junction of Teesta and Rongit rivers, in the the Himalayan hills of Gorkhaland. The program that was centered mainly on the issues and struggles of tea garden workers in the region, was attended by workers from several tea gardens in the hills, including workers committees from the Peshok and Dhotre gardens. A GroundXero report.Read More »

Marx at 200

Beyond Capital and Class Alone

by Kevin B Anderson

Economic and Political WayVol. 53, Issue No. 40, 06 Oct, 2018

As we mark Karl Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, it is clear that the emancipation of labour from capitalist alienation and exploitation is a task that still confronts us. Marx’s concept of the worker is not limited to European white males, but includes Irish and Black super-exploited and therefore doubly revolutionary workers, as well as women of all races and nations. But, his research and his concept of revolution go further, incorporating a wide range of agrarian non-capitalist societies of his time, from India to Russia and from Algeria to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, often emphasising their gender relations. In his last, still partially unpublished writings, he turns his gaze Eastward and Southward. In these regions outside Western Europe, he finds important revolutionary possibilities among peasants and their ancient communistic social structures, even as these are being undermined by their formal subsumption under the rule of capital. In his last published text, he envisions an alliance between these non-working-class strata and the Western European working class.

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Relevance of the thoughts of Karl Marx In 21st Century mainstream thinking

by Kalyan Guha

Frontier | Sep 23, 2018

Karl Marx, a name to reckon with every person who is aware of the proceedings of political economy of a state or a group of states, was born at Trier on French-German border on the side of Germany on 5 May 1818 a two-hours journey by train from Boppard. As Martin Kampchen, the scholar-emeritus of Viswabharati University and a resident of Santiniketan for a long time, wrote recently in an editorial page of the Telegraph of Kolkata on 28 June, 2018 remembering his childhood days in the hometown of his birth and referring to Marx’s birthplace from a different perspective. I quote his comments, “In Trier, we experience Marx’s life and achievements as part of the German struggle for independence from regional sovereigns, in favour of liberal social system, and to gain justice for exploited workers and craftsmen.” It is a social outlook.Read More »

Rethinking Marx in Patna

by Arvind Ghosh

Frontier | Vol. 51, No.3, Jul 22 – 28, 2018

An international conference on Karl Marx, held in Patna between 16-20 June under the title “International Conference on Karl Marx—Life, Ideas, and Influence: A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary” had a reflex of what has been coined as ‘Marxian renaissance’. It was organised by Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in memory of Pijushendu Gupta and Radha Krisna Chaudhury who had jointly organised a national seminar in 1967 on the 150th birth anniversary of Karl Marx and the centenary of Das Capital at Begusarai, a small town in Bihar.Read More »

India: Karl Marx In Bihar At 200


Countercurrents.org | June 29, 2018

Quotes from Karl Marx’s works reverberated in the unprecedented 5-day long conference organized by the Asian Development and Research Institute (ADRI), participated by the delegates from 18 countries across the 5 oceans, held in Patna, the capital of Bihar that has witnessed many revolutionary and counter revolutionary movements and uprisings. Gist and the central message of the conference in one sentence can be expressed in the form the well-known Marxist maxim;Marxism is a dynamic science to comprehend the world and revolutionary ideology of class struggle to change it. Beginning with the keynote address by ‘Lord’ Meghnad Desai, chairman, the academic Advisory committee of the Conference and ending with the valedictory address by Samuel Hollander Professor, Emeritus, Toronto University, the conference vividly discoursed various aspects of Marx; Marxism and its applications, via 38 lectures by eminent academicians and scholars and 17 scholarly papers, spread over 5 days (16-20 June, 2018). Holding a 5 day long conference to commemorate Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary was a historic, event, given the hostile neo-liberal milieu, in which the neo-liberal bards are composing the songs of end of history and the end of Marxism. Organizers do deserve the congratulation; complement and appreciation for conducting it with incisive precision.    Marxism is an idea of human emancipation and shall remain relevant till then – till the end of class conflict with the establishment dictatorship of proletariat as the instrument of creating conducive conditions for the withering away of the State.Read More »