Karl Marx was a 19th-century German thinker who devised the ideology of communism. He criticized emerging capitalism harshly and urged a revolution that would, after a “dictatorship of the proletariat” period, equalize society. In this short essay, he presents money as a major capitalist vice—one that alienates people from their true natures, economically as well as morally and psychologically.
Read Karl Marx’s “The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society” here. Also available in the second edition of Robert C. Tucker’s The Marx-Engels Reader, pp. 101–105. Summary by Andrei Volkov and Stephen Hicks, 2019.