"Marx’s Kapital is not a treatise on socialism; it is a gerrymand against the bourgeoisie. It was supposed to be written for the working class, but the working man respects the bourgeoisie and wants to be a bourgeoisie. Marx never got a hold of him for a moment. It was the revolting sons of the bourgeoisie itself, like myself, that painted the flag red. The middle and upper classes are the revolutionary element in society. The proletariat is the conservative element."
George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950) Irish comic dramatist
'Who I Am and What I Think' (1901)
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Some but very little accuracy. Capital was a treatise on changing definitions of words, concepts and fiscal laws' absolutes.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    A true statement made by a sick demented individual !! Stupid individuals should not breed. An old concept !! its practice goes way back !! As seen today in practice, creating a working class proletariat, well suited for industries purpose !
     -- Ronw13, USA     
    We all contrive to survive and he knew it!
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
    Explains the Russian Revolution well. The biggest advocates for socialism have been from the upper middle classes, well-to-do, well-educated in social work -- in general, people who produce nothing but words, rules, policies for others to follow, lengthy judgments, and influence peddling. They would not waste their time growing anything to eat or building something of use -- they focus on how others have to work hard for little, and how the State should be the ultimate authority and regulator of life from cradle to grave. They have got it all figured out, and have studied well the techniques for mass psychology. The power they wield is for destruction only -- they do not create, they steal, keep the best, and pay their followers with the rest. It is war on personal responsibility in the name of the 'right' to be dependent.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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