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We will be in touch with everyone whose bookings are affected. So Friedrich Engels chose to sacrifice much of what gave him meaning and pleasure in life to support the work of Marx. For two long decades, working as a mill-owner in Manchester, he played the role of a cotton-lord capitalist, to fund the intellectual origins of Marxism.
Both were middle-class children of s Rhineland, who wrestled with the twin inheritance of Romanticism and Enlightenment, and edged towards socialism through the works of Hegel.
Despatched by his father to Manchester to work in the family mill — primarily to get him away from all the radical students he was socialising with in Berlin — Engels became the great chronicler of the money is made here of industrial capitalism.
His insight was to apply the Hegelian notion of alienation — previously discussed in terms of religious sentiments — to the realm of political economy.
Workplaces resembled crime scenes.
Mary Burns exposed the capitalist’s son to the plight of the working people of Manchester
However, to retain his place within Manchester society, Engels felt compelled to hide his relationship with the earthy, Irish sisters from business colleagues and family alike. It was just another contradiction of being cotton-lord and communist.
Its publication in seemed to vindicate, for Engels, his years of cotton toil. It therefore rightly bears his name.