Where then does Marx stand in the court of world history? The last paragraph of this book addresses this issue: For the time being, then, Marx subsists as a symbol of what he truly never was, the conscience of humanity. Is this the last of his metamorphoses? Or will the developments he welcomed as working in his favor—gaping inequities, economic crises, wars, or another man-made or natural debacle, or a manipulated hysteria—one day will make appealing his authentic ideological legacy, the vision of a bare-bone slavish existence? History will undoubtedly weigh in with its verdict.
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