Marx on Money

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And there have been many reactions to its power. It was Karl Marx, the father of Communism who said that the power of money must be destroyed. He railed against money as the corrupter of life when he said:

. . . what I am and am capable of is by no means determined by my individuality. I am ugly, but I can buy for myself the most beautiful of women. Therefore I am not ugly, for the effect of ugliness — its deterrent power — is nullified by money. I, according to my individual characteristics, am lame, but money furnishes me with twenty-four feet. Therefore I am not lame. I am bad, dishonest, unscrupulous, stupid; but money is honoured, and hence its possessor. Money is the supreme good, therefore its possessor is good. Money, besides, saves me the trouble of being dishonest: I am therefore presumed honest. I am brainless, but money is the real brain of all things and how then should its possessor be brainless? Besides, he can buy clever people for himself, and is he who has a power over the clever not more clever than the clever? Do not I, who thanks to money am capable of all that the human heart longs for, possess all human capacities? Does not my money, therefore, transform all my incapacities into their contrary?

He went on to quote Shakespeare, calling money, the “visible divinity”. And in order for there to be true equality, then, he promoted the destruction of individual wealth. His attitude towards the power of money? DESTROY IT!

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