Xinhua Headlines: Friedrich Engels’ 200th birth anniversary — the “second fiddle” who shines on

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-26 18:44:39|Editor: huaxia

— Since the financial crisis in 2008, there has been a renewed interest in Marx and Engels amid deepening social divisions and sharpening of social conflicts.

— Engels has contributed substantially to the Marxist theory, not least with his acute observation of workers’ condition and exploitation of capitalists.

— Instead of utilizing the theory rigidly, over the past century, the CPC has combined the fundamental principles of Marxism with the reality of China, working miracles from revolution to the opening up.

Photo taken on Nov. 17, 2020 shows a statue of Friedrich Engels in Manchester, Britain. (Photo by Jon Super/Xinhua)

LONDON/BERLIN/BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) — In downtown Manchester, England, frock-coated and bearded Friedrich Engels crosses his arms over the chest, contemplating at the heart of a posh, modern business district.

The statue was installed three years ago in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, which, along with much of Europe, had witnessed the darkest, most inhuman side of capitalism.

Nicknaming himself “the second fiddle,” Engels worked arduously with his confidant Karl Marx. The pair explored the truth and rules behind the capitalist system, concluding that the capital was governed primarily by the pursuit of profit with no regard for human life. The groundbreaking theories changed the course of history in the 19th century.

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