Marx on Halloween

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2016 by kmflett


A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.

The opening line of the Communist Manifesto. The original English translation in the Chartist Red Republican (1850) translated from the German as ‘hobgoblin’ not ‘spectre’


One Response to “Marx on Halloween”

  1. I think it was “a frightful hobgoblin stalks through Europe”, which is even better…

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