Crisis increases the demand for works of Karl Marx


The recent world crisis was an incentive to the demand of socialist literature, especially “Das Kapital” by Karl Marx, in which he rejects the fundamental basis of capitalism.

In Sao Paulo, city bookshops already exhausted the sale of copies of works in less than a month. In the bookstore for example, the only works in the shop had sold out in less than 15 days.

This phenomenon also occurs in other countries. In Germany, for example, demand for the book increased by 300%. The publishing house Karl Dietz, one of the largest devoted to books has sold, this year alone, 1,500 copies of “Das Kapital.” The monthly sales surpassed the sales that were ANNUAL.

David Bamford of BBC says the population sees the current crisis as a failure of capitalism and Marx’s work could help to understand what went wrong.

Besides selling books, the number of visits to the birthplace of Marx, Trier, has increased to 40,000. The curator of the Museum said he has lost count of how many visitors he has heard say that Marx was right in his criticism of capitalism.

This reflects an evolution in the thinking of society, albeit slow and gradual. More people are concerned about the crisis, more people have begun to think seriously about capitalism, reading about politics and economics. Result: confrontational force to ideas and political awareness.

One response to “Crisis increases the demand for works of Karl Marx

  1. What can you say? They’ll sell us the tools that will contribute to their own downfall.

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