The below clip is from The Guardian, reporting the recent “sale boom” of Karl Marx‘s works in Germany. Especially, Das Kapital. The news story tells that young and well-educated Europeans turn to Marx again, after seeing the recent financial disaster and its global consequences. Say goodbye to Neoliberalism, pals… But you had been told about this more than a century ago – not to mention V. I. Lenin‘s later contributions in early 1910’s, with his masterwork on finance-capital and imperialism, largely based on Hilferding‘s analysis.
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Karl Marx is back. That, at least, is the verdict of publishers and bookshops in Germany who say that his works are flying off the shelves.
The rise in his popularity has of course, been put down to the current economic crisis. “Marx is in fashion again,” said Jörn Schütrumpf, manager of the Berlin publishing house Karl- Dietz which publishes the works of Marx and Engels in German. “We’re seeing a very distinct increase in demand for his books, a demand which we expect to rise even more steeply before the year’s end.”
Most popular is the first volume of his signature work, Das Kapital. According to Schütrumpf, readers are typically “those of a young academic generation, who have come to recognise that the neoliberal promises of happiness have not proved to be true.”