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Das Kapital Is Back

Das Kapital is on the best seller list in Germany. Yes, Marx's Das Kapital. Even
the cover is like the original. Oh, I almost forgot: the writer is not
Karl Marx but Renihard Marx, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Munich. 

The
story is told by Bertrand Benoit in the weekend FT, with
accompanying photo of the bearded cleric with threatening eyes and
gesticulating hands. Sales of Das Kapital by
the old mole Karl Marx is also rising, likely a result of the world
economic crisis.  It is certainly recent events that have put the
Bishop's bible near the Amazon top also.

The
21st century Marx believes we are nearing the end of the United States
as a financial superpower. If that's an index of his wisdom I'm
skeptical of his whole book. But I haven't even looked at it, and it
hasn't been translated into English. My comprehension of German is
about 50-60 percent efficient.

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