I hate to admit it, but I don’t know much about Karl Marx. At least not much about his writings and ideas. I haven’t read Das Kapital nor have I read Manifesto of the Communist Party, or his many other works.
What I have heard about Marx is usually the same rhetoric, often a derisive comment about Marx and communism. I wonder to myself though: Do the people who make these derogatory statements even know what Marx wrote or even have an elementary understanding of his works? If so, please explain to me why calling someone Marxist is supposed to elicit negative connotation.
I have heard from people who have actually studied Marx argue that dictators such as Stalin and Mao used Marxist ideas liberally; that is, they pluck and chose to use certain fragments to help benefit their ideology. Marx would probably disavow what they thought and disagree with them.
The reason for bringing up Karl Marx is because I read a good piece on him today. I thought I would share the article with my readers, then maybe you can make your own informative decision on whether being called Marxist is a good or bad thing. You can read the piece here. Enjoy!