May 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most destructively influential writer on economics in world history. Below are five facts you should know about the German philosopher and co-author of The Communist Manifesto.
1. As a young man, he was prone to drunkenness and duels.
As a student at the University of Bonn, Marx was introduced to the philosophy of the late Berlin professor G.W.F. Hegel and joined the Young Hegelians, a group that held radical views on religion and society. At the time Marx was still rough and wild (while at school he was imprisoned for drunkenness and fought a duel with another student) but his association with the group helped to radicalize him and affected the trajectory of his life. Because of his extreme views on religion and politics and his association with the Young Hegelian, the government denied him an academic career and he had to settle for working as a journalist.