- Jan 14, 2016
Carl Schmitt and others who were very anti-Marxist freely admitted that Karl Marx was a sociological genius. Yes of course he didn't think up his theories from whole cloth and drew on a lot of other thinkers, but this is true of all great thinkers. Whatever your views on the desirability of Socialism Marxian analysis nearly always reveals a lot about world around us if you make even the slightest attempt to use in the manner that he did (a lot of Trots and anarchists apply a total caricature of it).
Marx's real "crime" was that he showed that the social order is not ordained by God, or even by Darwinian evolution, but by objective productive forces. That means that the ruling class has no moral or intellectual claim to their position of privilege. They hold on to that privilege only through massive physical violence and the violence of propaganda.