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Karl Marx
1818 - 1883

German-born political philosopher, co-author (with Friederich Engels) of The Communist Manifesto, anti-Semite, partial inspiration, through his writings from residence in France and England (which were largely financed by bourgois capitalists), of the Russian revolution.

The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the point, however, is to change it.

from "Theses on Feuerbach" published in Selected Works of Marx and Engels, 1973
There is only one way to kill capitalism - by taxes, taxes, and more taxes.

Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation.

State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly alike one another ... in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.

Men are like sheep, easily led, even to the slaughter.

 The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.

All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

quoted after his death by his friend and colleague Frederick Engels in a letter to Conrad Schmidt, Aug. 5th, 1890