The Ghost of Watt Tyler

Watt Tyler was one of the leaders of the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt. He was a slain by the King’s supporters after drinking a jug of beer “in a very rude and disgusting fashion before the King's face.”

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Marx, Bragg and Morality

Karl Marx has been voted the greatest philosopher of all time by listeners to Radio 4’s “In Our Time” much to the consternation of the presenter Melvyn Bragg (Labour life peer and chum of Tony Blair).

In Our Time Greatest Philosopher Vote, chosen from 20 philosophers
nominated by listeners and carried through on an electoral tidal wave of 28% of
our 'first-past-the-post' vote is the communist theoretician, Karl Marx.

It reminded me of my BA dissertation about Marxism and morality. To my great frustration I continue to have arguments with other leftists about morality. Many seem to have little understanding of the profoundly moral nature of Marx’s work. All too often comrades repeat those casual dismissals found in Marx’s writings: morality is bourgeois ideological rubbish ect. However what they forget is that behind Marx’s public denunciation of morality is a burning indignation and longing for a more humane future. This stands in the moral tradition of Aristotle. I will start posting extracts from my dissertation over the next couple of days.