Karl Marx’s ideas accurately captured the flaws of capitalism and are still relevant today, infers Jason Barker of The New York Times. His writing didn’t necessarily offer a solution to these issues, but were instrumental in creating alternatives to capitalism. It was no longer the only option. Marx resonates so strongly because he championed questioning the status quo and authority. This is why his thinking lives on in movements like Black Lives Matter or #MeToo, which add minorities and women to the struggle for workers’ rights. He was right that capitalism allows the rich to monopolize wealth by extracting the surplus value of workers’ labor.
The notion that Karl Marx and his theories were positive for humanity and are still relevant today is flawed, writes Garrett York of The Federalist. It was his ideology that provided the foundation for some of history’s most oppressive regimes, from Communist Russia to Mao’s China to modern Venezuela. Because of Marx’s writings, dictators were able to justify taking the wealth, land, industry, food and lives of their people. Their populaces, believing it was for a greater cause, put up less resistance. Advocates of communism wrongly downplay how badly it has gone for every country that adopted it. The world should leave Marx's ideology in the dustbin of history.