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Two hundred years after the birth of Karl Marx, his ideas remain as relevant as ever as the ongoing crisis of capitalism continues to unfold and threatens the very future of humanity. Born on 5 May 2018, he was a philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist and revolutionary socialist. He remains the most profound and acute critic of capitalism and his writings are amongst the most powerful in the Western intellectual tradition. Interest in Marx and Marxism continues to grow as people recognise his significant contribution to the battle of ideas and the struggle for a better world. Culture Matters is contributing to the bicentennial by publishing some articles on his impact on the arts and on culture generally.

Marxism, Buddhism and socialism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 April 2018 09:44

Marxism, Buddhism and socialism

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Richard King teases out the links between Marxism, Buddhism and socialism. The Dalai Lama and Marxism Dhammic Socialism according to Buddhist principles holds that Nature created beings which must live in groups. Both plants and animals live together in groups or communities. This system we will call ‘socialism’ … in…
Marx and the cinema: labour on screen
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 23 April 2018 12:36

Marx and the cinema: labour on screen

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Dennis Broe traces the history of the representation of labour on screen, and finds inspiration for celebrating May Day and continuing Marx’s struggle against capitalism. This is Bro on the World Film Beat Breaking Glass on the subject of Marx and the cinema, as we approach May Day, a worldwide…
Marx, Engels and beer
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:04

Marx, Engels and beer

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Keith Flett considers the various references to the role beer played in the lives of Marx and Engels. There have been many and varied attempts over the years to paint Karl Marx in particular as a disreputable character whose ideas on capitalism should therefore not be taken seriously. In that…
In Praise of Communism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:52

In Praise of Communism

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The outstanding German communist playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898, 120 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Jenny Farrell has sent us one of his poems, which was translated by her father, Jack Mitchell. The image is by Mark Titchner, an artist who lives and works…
200 years young
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:50

200 years young

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Scott McLemee reviews The Young Karl Marx, which, on the eve of 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, contains themes of economic crises and inequalities that remain relevant today. Released last year but receiving as yet very little English-language press coverage, Der Junge Karl Marx is a nuanced and surprisingly accurate…
The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:47

The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling

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To mark the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Peter Raynard presents his new poem, a 'poetic coupling' based on the text of the Manifesto. Counting in at around 12,000 words, has there ever been a more influential book containing so few words, than the Communist Manifesto?…
Marx at the Movies
Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:53

Marx at the Movies

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To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx this year, John Green gives a brief outline of some of the influences of Marxist thought on moviemakers. What influence has Marx had on film and the cinema? A rather odd if not idiotic question the reader might think. After…
The interplay between base and superstructure
Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:49

Marx and culture

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Professor John Storey outlines Marx and Engels' theoretical contributions to cultural theory. Although Karl Marx did not have a fully developed theory of culture, it is possible to discover the basis of one in his understanding of history and politics. What this understanding points to is the insistence that if…