Hmm, well…..

the statue is one of the hopelessly few reminders we have of one of Britain’s greatest emigres.

That’s about Engels. And emigre has a definite tint of “from” rather than “to”.

We might say he was a Prussian emigre, a Rhineland emigre, even a German emigre. But not really a British one – for here he’s an imigre……

5 thoughts on “Hmm, well…..”

  1. Divide the population into those that have heard of Engels, and those that haven’t. I’m going to be generous and assign 1% to those that have.

    Of that 1%, remove those who read Das Kapital for pleasure and can quote the communist manifesto word for word. What does that leave? 1% of those 1%?

  2. the socialist who wanted a joyous life for everyone

    Shame about the pyramids of human skulls, but at least he MEANT well.

  3. As a journalistic writer describing the plight of Manchester’s working class, he did as good a job as Dickens did, in a fictionalised way, about London.
    His and Marx’s solutions however; violent revolution and the eradication of the bourgeoisie and the replacement of capitalism and the market by an authoritarian ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ were never going to work. Russia, and the rest of the former Soviet Union, are still feeling the effects of the elimination of the middle class – the class of people who can actually organise and run things successfully.

    Oh, and the hundred million odd people commies have murdered isn’t really sweetening the deal either.

  4. Call him the greatest anything is the biggest mistake to be honest. As others have said millions died because of him.

  5. Jonathan: As a journalistic writer describing the plight of Manchester’s working class, he did as good a job as Dickens did, in a fictionalised way, about London.

    You might be overlooking ‘Hard Times’ whose fictional ‘Coketown’ is in the north of England.

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