This is the third in a series on the dangerous consequences of passivity, immobility, in the face of political, social, and economic challenges.
Springtime of the People
In March 1848 Karl Marx had a choice, to support liberal democratic candidates in Prussian national elections or back more radical communists. A third option was to advise readers of his Cologne newspaper, the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, to sit out the polls in protest. The electio
This is the second in a series on the dangerous consequences of passivity, immobility, in the face of political, social, and economic challenges.
The 1848 uprisings, a euphoric burst of revoltion that shook the foundations of centuries-old monarchical rule in Europe, ultimately failed, as we have seen, because those intent on reforming an outdated system of government could not install a new structure fast enough to undermine a counter-revolution by entrenched powers. There
People today, dismayed by the extreme imbalance of wealth generated by the capitalist system which dominates the globe — and the resultant social chaos — often say with a shrug that it is so firmly entrenched it would be impossible to alter it, let alone exchange it for something better. But citizens in 19th century Europe, seeing the necessity of social change at the dawn of modern capitalism, faced an even bigger challenge. They confronted a centuries-old monarchical sys