I found this thread on Daily Kos as the Kos Kidz discuss Marx, and how it is wise to discuss his theories without giving proper attribution to him on account of the polarized politics.
He is a great economic & social historian, (8+ / 0-)
from whom much is to be learned; although as an economic theorist -- in the sense that he prescribes an idealized system -- I downgrade him. That is of course no denigration, since I downgrade most economic theorists of whatever political stripe -- excepting only the odd couple of Adam Smith and Keynes.
The problem with espousing Marx, unfortunately, is that it is political poison in today's polarized atmosphere. He should be studied for the enormous lessons he can teach us -- paradoxically, he must at the same time be kept under wraps. My experience is that much of his doctrine would play with great popularity, if only it be not identified as his.
"The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine."
Hat Tip: LGF