Thursday, July 14, 2005

Vive la Revolution!

Karl Marx has won the In Our Time Greatest Philosopher Vote. It's a surprise, because he's not part of our consciousness the way he was only twenty years ago. And as it says on his tomb (though you can't really see it on this picture), "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

There was an interesting comment on this in today's Guardian.

This is food for thought, especially for those of us who misspent our youths standing on street corners shouting "Get a copy of this week's Socialist Worker! Only thirty pence!" (How much does it cost now, I wonder? Years since I've seen any of the comrades on the street, though they pop on telly at demos regularly). Marx's understanding of the world of capitalism is now as valid as it ever was. But we're still far away from knowing how "to change it".

It was interesting to google ["in our time" bbc "karl marx"] and see how many times the same text was copied and pasted by news organisations on the web following what looks like a 'leak' about the Greatest Philosopher Vote a few weeks ago. No accreditation or quotation marks.

Today's Bastille Day, Herself reminded me when I asked why the date had a familiar ring. Hmm. How to celebrate?