Activists of Highgate

Karma Marx Tombstone - Highgate CemeteryWe are lucky to live in leafy Highgate. A place that has been home to some great socialists.

We all know that Karl Marx lived here and many of us have visited his tomb in Highgate Cemetery.

But Highgate has also been home to many other socialist heroes, some unsung, and some quite well-known.

A bit about Karl Marx. Source: https://www.history.com/topics/karl-marx

As a university student, Karl Marx (1818-1883) joined a movement known as the Young Hegelians, who strongly criticized the political and cultural establishments of the day. He became a journalist, and the radical nature of his writings would eventually get him expelled by the governments of Germany, France and Belgium. In 1848, Marx and fellow German thinker Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto,” which introduced their concept of socialism as a natural result of the conflicts inherent in the capitalist system. Marx later moved to London, where he would live for the rest of his life. In 1867, he published the first volume of “Capital” (Das Kapital), in which he laid out his vision of capitalism and its inevitable tendencies toward self-destruction, and took part in a growing international workers’ movement based on his revolutionary theories.

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