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Marx

What an unfortunate moment for celebrating the one hundred th anniversary of the bir th of Marx! Seventy years ago he proclaimed in his manifesto what at the time, in its historical context , and within the context of the evolution of his own mind, was a bold, revolutionary slogan: workers of the world, uni te! Indeed, Marx became the most influential theoretician and leader of international socialism. Yet now, at his jubilee, his disciples can do no be t te r than wonder and debate whether they ought to commemorate Marx at all. In Russia, Lenin’s government has declared an amnesty for the occasion; but in the country where Marx’s son-in-law, g rand - child and closest disciples have been leaders for decades , in France, where at one time he was proclaimed their redeemer, it seemed, until the very last minute, that his disciples would deny him.