Love and Capital
KARL and JENNY MARX
AND THE BIRTH OF A REVOLUTION
Little Brown and Company
Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
First Edition: September 2011
These are Jorge Gonzalez' excerpted notes about the most important facts in Mary Gabriel's excellent book about the lives of Karl and Jenny Marx. I encourage everyone to purchase a copy of this book. It a must-have book in the book-case of any student of history. It is also available at many Public Libraries.
In the preface to her book, Mary Gabriel mentions that when she began the project of writing about the lives of Karl and Jenny Marx, few questioned the capitalist system that dominated the globe — capitalism was in the midst of one of its periodic boom cycles. But as she moved from research to writing, belief in the infallibility of the system began to waver until, as a result of the financial crisis that reached its first peak in the autumn of 2008, academics and economists openly questioned the merits of free-market capitalism and pondered aloud what an alternative might look like. Marx's writing, in the wake of the turmoil, seemed all the more prescient and compelling. At the dawn of modern capitalism in 1851, he had already begun anticipating just such an outcome. His analysis of the weakness of capitalism were eerily fulfilled.
In the opinion of the publisher/editor of Cuba Journal, Karl Marx is the most important man that has ever lived, surpassing in importance the philosophical ideas of Jesus of Nazareth. Christianity became another big business for capitalism. Marxists must not let the same thing happen to Marxism.
When you mention the words Karl Marx, capitalists tremble and cower in fear. Capitalism is only successful for the super-rich, the banks and Wall Street. In the U.S., the Democratic and Republican political parties are faithful servants of the capitalist exploiters and worship on a daily basis at the altar of Our Lady of Big Capital.
2013 is going to be a very bad year for world-wide capitalism. The time-bomb of accumulated debts is about to explode. It has happened in Greece and Spain. The U.S. is next.
Since this compendium of future notes are not about Cuba, but about Mary Gabriel's book, I must first obtain the permission of the copy-right owner in order to proceed after this point. Come back in future weeks. But to wet your appetite and curiosity, Love and Capital has, at least, one participant who was Cuban-born: Paul Lafargue.