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George Weissmann

But didn't Marx add the crucial idea that the oppressed classes, which by the last stage of capitalism, namely monopoly capitalism (which we are in now) would rise, in revolution, and sweep aside the old, capitalist order, and establish a new, just order? I missed the mention of that, which changes the whole picture as to the last part of today's article.

John Miller

That's true, and it's ironic that Marx would trust in the "goodness" of such revolutionaries--who all too often turned out to be just as self-serving as the capitalists they opposed. The tragedy of Marx is that he ignored the spiritual dimension of human existence. It's more tragic still that Marx, as part of a deeply materialistic culture in the 1800s, was able to make basic assumptions about human behavior that continue to be, on the whole, rather accurate. I hope that Alan will, in further installments, convince me that we're now ready to move past such egotistical behaviors! Many thanks for this, Alan!

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