Karl Marx Quotes
Jenny von Westphalen
Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
In 1851, the American daily, 'New York Herald Tribune' decided to hire a German journalist called Karl Marx who was not so famous in the media circles. Marx was appointed to represent the media firm in London. This man was steeped in financial debts and had a family to fend for. That is exactly why he repeatedly asked the daily's founder, Horace Greeley as well as Charles Dana, its managing editor, for a raise. The meagre $5 that he earned was nothing short of "lousiest petty-bourgeois cheating" in Marx's words. Karl's requests were turned down time and again and soon the correspondent decided to try his hand at something that would assure him a more comfortable means of living. He left his job at the "Tribune" and began formulating his own theory of revolution; one that would subsequently influence political ideologies such as "Leninism" as well as "Stalinism" and finally result in "The Cold War". This story about Marx, who went on to be hailed as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, was recalled once by the American President John .F. Kennedy. Kennedy enlightened the members of the "American Newspaper Publishers' Association" on April 27, 1961 about this episode from Marx's life. Kennedy concluded by saying, "If only this capitalistic New York newspaper had treated him more kindly; if only Marx had remained a foreign correspondent, history might have been different, and I hope all publishers will bear this lesson in mind the next time they receive a poverty-stricken appeal for a small increase in the expense account from an obscure newspaper man." This remark of the former American president left the audience in splits.