Karl Marx, father of Communism, was born 200 years ago (as of this past May 5). Between 1835 and 1843, that is to say, between the ages of 17 and 25, he wrote a great deal of lyric poetry and humorous doggerel, which might be rather surprising to those who know only the “mature Marx” of Das Kapital, his famous critique of capitalism, which consists of hundreds of pages of ponderous and rather dull prose. The poetry is published in the very first volume of the Collected Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, published by International Publishers in New York.
Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin will soon be sitting down face-to-face to discuss world affairs. Other Russian leaders have met with popes in recent years, but Putin has distinguished himself from his predecessors by showing a marked sympathy for Russia’s past as a Christian nation.
"We were the first to cry among the masses of the people the words 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity'. The words 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity' brought to our ranks, thanks to our agents, whole legions who bore our banners with enthusiasm! Peoples used to look upon kings on their thrones as a pure manifestation of the will of God, until we insinuated into their minds the conception of their OWN rights. We also robbed them of their faith in God." - Protocols 1 and 5
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