[Marxism] Marx's Racist Put-Down of Lassalle

Tom Cod tomcod3 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 23:34:48 MDT 2012

This from Wikipedia's article on Ferdinand Lassalle:

"In the 1850s and '60s, Karl Marx was in regular contact with
Lassalle. Their relationship was superficially cordial, and Marx asked
for a loan of £30. Yet in letters to Friedrich Engels, Marx made
disparaging and racist comments about Lassalle, speculating that his
dark complexion and coarse hair were evidence that 'he is descendant
from the negroes who joined in the flight of Moses from Egypt (unless
his mother or grandmother on the father’s side was crossed with a
nigger)' and declaring that 'the importunity of the fellow is also

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