If you have consulted Karl Marx for an answer to the recent global economic crisis, you are not alone. Google has confirmed the popularity of Marx’s writings is booming as people around the world try to make sense of increasingly harsh economic conditions.
The phenomenon was reported in an article posted at Time.com by Rana Foroohar, who said: “I consulted Google to see if the term ‘Marxism’ was trending upward. It was and has been ever since the end of December.”
Foroohar said: “Just as Marx predicted, technology-driven productivity is increasing not just in manufacturing but also in services … forget about driving a hard bargain with a new boss. Most of us feel lucky just to have a boss.”
It is 163 years ago this week since Karl Marx and Frederick Engels’ Manifesto of the Communist Party was first published in German. Widely considered on of the most influential books of all time, the Manifesto continues to be a source of inspiration and fear around the world.
Foroohar claimed difficult long-term solutions would be “a lot better than the Marxist alternative”. The growing interest in Marx’s analysis of and alternative to capitalism suggests more and more are starting to disagree.