Das Kapital, Catholic style
As if it weren’t enough to share a name with Karl Marx, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of Munich has now written a book called, you guessed it – Das Kapital.
Subtitled “a polemic”, Reinhard Marx’s book argues that “Capitalism has never triumphed so shamelessly as today,” and that “the poor are getting poorer and the rich richer,” because of global capitalism. Now doesn’t that sound familiar?
The book, which will go on sale in Germany from November 5, tackles issues such as the outsourcing of labour to cheaper countries and the effect chasing profits can have on the welfare of the workforce.
Marx, who became archbishop in the Bavarian capital earlier this year is an up-and-coming figure in German Catholicism — Munich was Pope Benedict’s old diocese and the new Das Kapital, to be published 140 years after the original, is sure to earn him attention outside of the church too.
So is the archbishop a revolutionary? “There are new and good reasons as to why Karl Marx should not just be left sitting on the shelf,” he says. Watch this space.