Karl Marx is buried at Highbury Cemetery in London. He was a German emigre, whose wife often complained that he did not earn enough money. He was an economist, and author of the world famous Das Kapital.
"Ownership of the means of production" is one phrase that a student notes in his analysis of the machinery of means of exchange and accumulation. And in some people it creates an antipathy, even hatred, of the owner-class.
"Exploitation of labour" is another phrase, which lights the fire.
Some people read Marx, and forever becomes conscious of the prime objective of not
wishing to be exploited by the owner-class, and quite often remain jobless, or move on from one employer to another.
Others quietly see the charm of accumulation, and openly call themselves Marxists and yet collect and trade and build. Why not? The two are not mutually exclusive - being a Marxist and a capitalist. Why else would you read a title like Das Kapital?
If anyone says they see the ghost of Marxism in West Bengal, immediately I can understand the influences. The Kolkata Marxists didn't like Tata to build his Nano plant there - yet capital is what would help create riches in that region. Look at the growth in China in last thirty years or so;that is an example we would all do well to learn ffrom.
If more of Marx's students note that Marxism is an analysis and not an ideology,
and they can select what will enable them to prosper, then more people are likely to
appreciate the wisdom there is in being a bourgeosie Marxist.
There are lots of rich folks in Highbury.
"If only Marx had applied his brains," some say.
Yes, indeed...Time for me to be on my metaphorical bike.