Karl Marx’s theories sparked a revolution in Russia in 1917. His communist ideology formed the basis of the USSR and other repressive regimes, which led to the state murder of hundreds of millions of people. Nevertheless, despite the Marxist democide of the 20th century, Marx is still one of the most popular so-called intellectual figures of the last century. “Marx’s Communist Manifesto, included in 3,856 programs as of 2015, consistently ranks among the most used texts in American college classrooms.”
But what if the Russian revolution had never happened? Would anyone today know who Karl Marx was? And is there a way to measure this empirically?
Philip Magness, director of research and education at AIER, and his colleague Michael Macowey set out to do just that. What did they discover? Find out in this edition of Liberty Curious.