The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (Wiseblood Classics of Philosophy) (Volume 2)

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Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a philosopher, economist, and all-around revolutionary. On the surface, this essay explicates the French coup of 1851, in which Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte assumed dictatorial powers. We see Marx emerging as political historian, treating real historical events through the lens of his his materialist conception of history. This volume should be of interest particularly to those for whom the prospect of reading the daunting DAS KAPITAL is, well, daunting, as herein the reader will become acquainted with many of Marx's foundational theories and ideas, including dialectical materialism, the role of the individual in history, and class warfare. Readers interested in a dialogic study would do well to read THE EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEON alongside ESSAYS ON POLITICAL ECONOMY another of our WISEBLOOD CLASSIC OF PHILOSOPHY by Frédéric Bastiat, a work written from the vantage point of a starkly different philosophical tradition. WISEBLOOD BOOKS is a Publishing Line dedicated to preserving, pruning, and printing fiction, essay collections, and other work fit for the world stage. We believe that many manuscripts should be published widely but remain buried in desk drawers because they cannot meet the New York publishing industry's often dubious demands. We aim to remedy that. WISEBLOOD CLASSICS OF PHILOSOPHY brings hard-to-find works back into being, and introduces forgotten writings of great merit to a new generation. Many of our CLASSICS contain critical introductions and interpretive essays. Visit us at www.wisebloodbooks.com. We are wide-eyed for new epiphanies

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Described as one of the most influential figures in human history, Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist who wrote extensively on the benefits of socialism and the flaws of free-market capitalism. His most notable works, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto (the latter of which was co-authored by his collaborator Friedrich Engels), have since become two of history s most important political and economic works. Marxism the term that has come to define the philosophical school of thought encompassing Marx s ideas about society, politics and economics was the foundation for the socialist movements of the twentieth century, including Leninism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, and Maoism. Despite the negative reputation associated with some of these movements and with Communism in general, Marx s view of a classless socialist society was a utopian one which did not include the possibility of dictatorship. Greatly influenced by the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, Marx wrote in radical newspapers from his young adulthood, and can also be credited with founding the philosophy of dialectical materialism. Marx died in London in 1883 at the age of 64.

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