Was Karl Marx an anti-Semite?

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Karl Marx apparently wrote a book called "A world without Jews", which suggests he was anti-Semitic - has anyone heard of this before?


A World Without Jews by Karl Marx speaks about religious prejudice specifically against Jews. It begs to question can the world survive without this prejudice and how Jews beg for political emancipation? Karl Marx (1818-1883) is best known not as a philosopher but as a revolutionary communist, whose works inspired the foundation of many communist regimes in the twentieth century. It is hard to think of many who have had as much influence in the creation of the modern world. Trained as a philosopher, Marx turned away from philosophy in his mid-twenties, towards economics and politics. However, in addition to his overtly philosophical early work, his later writings have many points of contact with contemporary philosophical debates, especially in the philosophy of history and the social sciences, and in moral and political philosophy. Historical materialism ― Marx's theory of history ― is centered around the idea that forms of society rise and fall as they further and then impede the development of human productive power. Marx sees the historical process as proceeding through a necessary series of modes of production, culminating in communism. Marx's economic analysis of capitalism is based on his version of the labour theory of value, and includes the analysis of capitalist profit as the extraction of surplus value from the exploited proletariat. The analysis of history and economics come together in Marx's prediction of the inevitable economic breakdown of capitalism, to be replaced by communism. However Marx refused to speculate in detail about the nature of communism, arguing that it would arise through historical processes, and was not the realisation of a pre-determined moral ideal.
 
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Seems unlikely. See On the Jewish Question - Wikipedia

""On the Jewish Question" is a work by Karl Marx, written in 1843, and first published in Paris in 1844 under the German title "Zur Judenfrage" in the Deutsch–Französische Jahrbücher. It was one of Marx's first attempts to develop what would later be called the materialist conception of history.

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"A translation of "Zur Judenfrage" was published together with other articles of Marx in 1959 under the title A World Without Jews.[20] The editor Dagobert D. Runes intended to show Marx's alleged antisemitism.[21] This edition has been criticized because the reader is not told that its title is not from Marx, and for distortions in the text.[22]"

(My emphasis - more @ the URL)

& of course, Marx was ethnically Jewish himself, if not observant.

In order to judge Runes' derivative work, you'd have to read a good translation (or the original) of Marx's work, & compare the two. I expect that Marx - who was also an excellent journalist, I understand - was much the better writer of the two.