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Commentary: One church - two Gospels?

GURAT, France, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The expanding crisis in the Episcopal Church USA and the worldwide Anglican Communion is about to reintroduce one of the most ancient dilemmas of Christianity:
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Commentary: Behold the Anglican purse

GURAT, France, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Could it be that Karl Marx, who despised religion as opium for the people, was not always wrong about matters of faith? In the preface to the German edition of
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 5, the 125th day of 2003 with 240 to follow.
By United Press International

Feature: Rebuilding a murdered church

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The rector of Leipzig's venerable university resigned Thursday in a strange and very German controversy between church, state and academia over the reconstruction of a Gothic sanctuary murdered by the communists.
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Commentary: Russia's Second Empire

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Karl Marx regarded Louis-Napoleon's Second Empire as the first modern dictatorship - supported by the middle and upper classes but independent of their patronage and, thus, self-perpetuating. Others went as far as calling it proto-fascistic. Yet, the Seco
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Entertaining the masses in Transition

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Karl Marx decried religion as "opium for the masses". Yet no divine worship has attained the intensity of the fatuous obsession of the denizens of central and east Europe with the diet of inane conspiracy theories, gaudy soap operas and televised gambling
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Stoppard 's fate of Russian Utopianism

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Stoppard 's fate of Russian Utopianism
KENNETH MINOGUE

Stoppard 's fate of Russian Utopianism-1

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A special UPI Life & Mind series -- First of three parts
KENNETH MINOGUE

Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the second of two wrap-ups for November 22.

Analysis: Saddam's real bomb

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The American Enterprise Institute -- a conservative think tank -- is hosting a conference on Iraq titled, "The Day After: Planning for a Post-Saddam Iraq."
CLAUDE SALHANI

Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think ta

Assignment America: Phantom liberals

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Where are all the damn liberals?
JOHN BLOOM

Theater: 'The Coast of Utopia'

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Theater on a grand scale implicitly rebukes those who would treat drama as a diversion. In very different ways, Goethe's "Faust," Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," Wagner's
STEPHEN BROWN

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think ta

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think ta
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Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, sociologist, historian, political economist, political theorist and revolutionary socialist, who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism. His ideas have since played a significant role in the development of social science and the socialist political movement. He published various books during his lifetime, with the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867–1894), many of which were co-written with his friend, the fellow German revolutionary socialist Friedrich Engels.

Born into a wealthy middle class family in Trier, Prussia, Marx went on to study at both the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin, where he became interested in the philosophical ideas of the Young Hegelians. In 1836, he became engaged to Jenny von Westphalen, marrying her in 1843. Following the completion of his studies, he became a journalist in Cologne, writing for a radical newspaper, the Rheinische Zeitung, where he began to use Hegelian concepts of dialectical materialism to influence his ideas on socialism. Moving to Paris in 1843, he began writing for other radical newspapers, the Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher and Vorwärts!, as well as writing a series of books, several of which were co-written with Engels. Exiled to Brussels in Belgium in 1845, he became a leading figure of the Communist League, before moving back to Cologne, where he founded his own newspaper, the Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Exiled once more, in 1849 he moved to London together with his wife Jenny and their children. In London, where the family was reduced to poverty, Marx continued writing and formulating his theories about the nature of society and how he believed it could be improved, as well as campaigning for socialism and becoming a significant figure in the International Workingmen's Association.

Marx's theories about society, economics and politics, which are collectively known as Marxism, hold that all society progresses through the dialectic of class struggle. He was heavily critical of the current socio-economic form of society, capitalism, which he called the "dictatorship of the bourgeoisie", believing it to be run by the wealthy middle and upper classes purely for their own benefit, and predicted that, like previous socioeconomic systems, it would inevitably produce internal tensions which would lead to its self-destruction and replacement by a new system, socialism. Under socialism, he argued that society would be governed by the working class in what he called the "dictatorship of the proletariat", the "workers state" or "workers' democracy". He believed that socialism would, in its turn, eventually be replaced by a stateless, classless society called pure communism. Along with believing in the inevitability of socialism and communism, Marx actively fought for the former's implementation, arguing that both social theorists and underprivileged people should carry out organised revolutionary action to topple capitalism and bring about socio-economic change.

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