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  •  I'm with you on this. (4+ / 0-)

    Marx was a fine writer and I love his slapdown of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte in the 18th Brumaire... I think many people struggle reading him because of the confusion of names and events from a distant time. If one knows the history and context of his writings there is a lot more humor and sarcasm and barbed wit to be appreciated.

    You can wake someone who is sleeping, but you cannot wake someone who is pretending to sleep.

    by gnothis on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 06:01:05 PM PDT

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    •  I've found his humor (5+ / 0-)

      in Das Kapital seems to be reserved to the footnotes. I struggle through the chapters, looking forward to the footnotes, where he savages other economists.

        I've already read The 18th Brumaire, and it is written very differently from Das Kapital.
         The 18th Brumaire is a history book. Das Kapital is a text book.

      "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

      by gjohnsit on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 06:24:30 PM PDT

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    •  The title "The 18th Brumaire..." is itself a (2+ / 0-)
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      gnothis, WB Reeves

      slapdown of Louis Napoleon. 18th Brumaire is the date of the coup which brought Napoleon Bonaparte to power. The very first sentence of the work shows Marx's scathing opinion of Louis Napoleon (who later became Emperor Napoleon III:)
         "Hegel remarks somewhere[*] that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

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