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I basically agree with this, so I didn't really have much to add.  

Thought: like Communism, Socialism, Modern Art, etc., simply bring up the topic of Marx results in visceral responses for and against and usually garantees that your audience isn't going to take you seriously.  Unfortunate.  Result is that those who want to avoid the whole debate and maintain the status quo just dismiss these ideas by dismissing Marx.  And those who use Marx to argue these ideas too often aren't willing to acknowledge the reality on the gound.  For whatever reason, bringing up Marx invites simplistic ideas.

Maybe we ought to try making our points without mentioning the man.  Even if he was right about a lot of things.  (BTW, People who say he's outdated PISS ME OFF. How many millions of people are still living according to the teachings of the Bible? Ack!)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 02:24:44 PM EST
May be some people are too critical to Marx ideas, because communism failed. I personally recognize him as a genious who has outgrown his time and may be even ours. "Das Kapital" is so fine analysis of the capitalistic process that many scholars put Marx in top 5 of all economists ever.

I'm not ugly,but my beauty is a total creation.Hegel
by Chris on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 04:59:24 PM EST
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Marx was wrong about the solution, because he was an idealist and utopian and not a social realist. He also didn't understand how easy it is for leaders to subvert a Grand Narrative for personal ends.

But he was luminously right in his description of the problem. From a distance of a century and a half, that's not a bad achievement.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 5th, 2006 at 07:55:53 AM EST
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