Karl Marx: as a journalist (and blogger)

Mark Thoma quotes from this NPR excerpt of a biography of Marx’s Das Kapital:

Marx’s journalism is characterized by a reckless belligerence which explains why he spent most of his adult life in exile and political isolation. His very first article for the Rheinische Zeitung was a lacerating assault on both the intolerance of Prussian absolutism and the feeble-mindedness of its liberal opponents. Not content with making enemies of the government and opposition simultaneously, he turned against his own comrades as well, denouncing the Young Hegelians for ‘rowdiness and blackguardism’. Only two months after Marx’s assumption of editorial responsibility, the provincial governor asked the censorship ministers in Berlin to prosecute him for ‘impudent and disrespectful criticism’.

No less a figure than Tsar Nicholas of Russia also begged the Prussian king to suppress the Rheinische Zeitung, having taken umbrage at an anti-Russian diatribe. The paper was duly closed in March 1843: at the age of twenty-four, Marx was already wielding a pen that could terrify and infuriate the crowned heads of Europe.

Thoma goes on to give a few of links to indicate how effective a blogger he was:

Marx was a pretty effective blogger. Here is a page from an archive of his posts, with more here.

Update: Andrew Leonard has more.

Take a look!

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One Response to “Karl Marx: as a journalist (and blogger)”

  1. Marx’s Das Kapital: a biography « Entertaining Research Says:

    […] Here is an earlier post of mine with links to an excerpt from the book and a couple of blogposts as to why Marx was an effective […]

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