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Kings and Dukes ran Europe in the early nineteenth century The working class was stripped of all but the most basic rights They were not allowed to have a say in politics whatsoever Karl Marx recognized these injustices and wanted change His answer to the problem was a 142-page manifesto outlining a political system that abolished social classes and made every citizen equal His writings set peasants free and scared noble men He inspired world leaders from the great Leon Trotsky to Mao Zedong Karl Marx was a political geniusKarl Heinrich Marx was born into a comfortable middle-class family in Trier Germany on May 5 1818 He came from a long line of rabbis but was baptized as a Protestant so that he could attend public schools Feinberg p 10 When Marx was seventeen he enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bonn His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps as a lawyer Marx ran a muck at the liberal university and was arrested on more than one occasion for public drunkenness Feinburg p15 Marxs father decided to send Karl to the more serious University of Berlin in 1837 While at the University of Berlin Karl joined a group called the Young HelgiansThe Young Helgians were followers of the ideas of the philosopher George Hegel Feinburg p16 His theories stated that history was moving in a direction of greater freedom for mankind Feinburg p16 Marx also joined the Young Doctors Club The club idolized Bruno Bauer a theologian Bauer believed that the Bible was fiction created by people to fulfill their need to understand the unknown Karl was a devout atheist his entire life It was around this time that Marx decided that he enjoyed studying theories rather than studying facts and switched his area of study from law to philosophy Marx received his doctor of philosophy in April of 1841In April of 1847 Karl and his friend Freidrich Engels
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