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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.

In Praise of Communism
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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
Reading Marx
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 06 April 2018 13:32

Reading Marx

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David Betteridge gives a personal account of reading Marx, with drawings by Bob Starrett. Fifty years ago, when I was training to be a teacher at Neville’s Cross College of Education in Durham, I had the good fortune to be tutored in Sociology and supervised on school practice by Maurice…
Karl Marx, tickled and honoured
Saturday, 31 March 2018 12:47

Karl Marx, tickled and honoured

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John Green introduces some Karl Marx bicentenary cartoons and caricatures. 5 May 2018 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. To commemorate this the Ken Sprague Fund organised an international cartoon and caricature competition which drew over 150 entries from artists around the world. Ken Sprague was one…