Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's Not All Doom & Gloom!

Found this on The Independent (London), via Green Party's website. Check it!

Crunch resurrects Marx
By Erik Kirschbaum in Berlin
Friday, 17 October 2008

Two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, communism's founding father Karl Marx is back in vogue in eastern Germany, thanks to the global financial crisis. His 1867 critical analysis of capitalism, Das Kapital, has risen from the publishing graveyard to become an improbable best-seller for the academic publisher, Karl-Dietz-Verlag.

"Everyone thought there would never again be any demand for Das Kapital, the managing director, Joern Schue-trumpf said. He has sold 1,500 copies so far this year, triple the number sold in all of 2007 and a 100-fold increase since 1990. "Even bankers and managers are now reading Das Kapital to try to understand what they've been doing to us," he added.

A recent survey found 52 per cent of eastern Germans believe the free market economy is "unsuitable" and 43 per cent said they wanted socialism rather than capitalism. Unemployment in the former communist east is 14 per cent, double western levels, and wages are significantly lower. Millions of jobs were lost after reunification.

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