From each according to their ability...

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Aug 16 08:09:55 MDT 1995

At 8:58 PM 8/15/95, Jon Beasley-Murray wrote:>

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>Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 15:31:23 0000
>From: Andrew Rozmiarek <andy at>
>To: jpb8 at
>Subject: (no subject)
>Dear John,
>I'm trying to confirm a quote by Marx we're going to use in an upcomming
>issue and I need to make sure I get the quote verbatim (though I realize
>there will be variations in translation). The quote is:
>"from each according to his ability, te each according to his need"
>What work did this quote come from, and are there any Web archives where
>I can find a copy?

Don't forget Margaret Atwood's rewriting of this: from each according to
her ability, to each according to his need.

I think there was a poll taken maybe 20 years ago or more that showed most
Americans think Marx's line is part of the constitution or the declaration.



Doug Henwood
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