Monday, May 2, 2016

Stefan Molyneux versus Karl Marx

Internet libertarian personalities come and go, but I gather that one Stefan Molyneux is popular at the moment (his YouTube Channel is here).

His video on Karl Marx is below, and it is somewhat amusing, even though not always accurate.

Molyneux takes his critique of Marx from Paul Johnson’s Intellectuals (Harper & Row, New York, 1990), which is actually a very interesting analysis of Marx.

In turn, Johnson relied on these sources, either directly or indirectly:
Felix, David. 1983. Marx as Politician. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, Il.

Page, Leslie R. 1987. Karl Marx and the Critical Examination of his Works. Freedom Association, London.

Tanner, J. R. and F. S. Carey. 1885. Comments on the use of the Blue Books made by Karl Marx in Chapter XV of Capital. Cambridge Economic Club, May Term.

Engels, F. 1971. The Condition of the Working Class in England (trans. and ed. by W. O. Henderson and W. H. Chaloner; 2nd edn.). Blackwell, Oxford.


  1. I'll pass. The man is a cultist:

    1. Have you never heard of the ad hominem fallacy?

      What you are doing here is like libertarians who try and poison the well by noting Keynes' anti-Semitism (which was real and shameful) in order to discredit his economic views. That is **not an argument** against Keynesian economics.

      I've seen some of Molyneux's videos and agree with virtually nothing I've seen, but nevertheless this doesn't discredit what he says here about Marx.

  2. Stefan Molyneux is terrible. I don't want to delve into it.