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Karl Marx Are you a communist No a citizen of the United States of America cant be a communist But Karl Marx was a communist or at least he founded some of the main principles of communism and Karl Marx firmly believed in some of the things that make this country what it is like equality But Karl Marx was still a great political philosopher of his time and a humanitarian To really understand the principles of Marxs teachings one would have to study him or at least read an essay that describes Marxs life There are three key elements to understanding Marx they are his childhood and education the people that had the greatest influence on him and his writings At 200 AM of May 5 1818 the life of the greatest political philosopher began He was born in the Rhine province of Prussia and was born to Henriette and Hirschel Marx Payne 17 Hirschel Marx was a rich lawyer and he was also a Jew World Book Encyclopedia 236M On August 26 1824 Karl and his whole family were baptized so his family turned away from its traditional Jewish teachings to Protestant Christianity Payne 21 At the age of twelve Karl entered the Friedrich Wilhiem Gymnasium He stayed there for five years excelling in foreign languages but not really caring about mathematics and history Payne 23 Karls father decided that Karl would attend the University of Bonn to study law World Book Encyclopedia 236M Karl became an active member of poetry clubs while studying at the University The poetry clubs of Marxs time was more of a revolutionary club than anything The club members would sit around and practice the art of revolution Payne 43 Marx only stayed at the University of Bonn for two semesters Karl then went on to attend the University of Berlin where he grew more distant from his father Payne 52 Marxs father died on
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