Multilingual Business Communication

October 27, 2008

Businessmen of all countries, unite!

Filed under: crisis communication, Hannelore Blomme — Tags: — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 2:18 pm

If you thought the financial crisis is destructive for every single industry in the world, there is one business you might have forgotten: the one linked to Marxist economic philosophy. The German publisher Karl Dietz says it has sold over 1,500 copies of Karl Marx’ Das Kapital this year, compared to some 200 in other years. The book had fallen terribly out of favour in the post-Soviet years, but now, according to Joern Schuetrumpf from Karl Dietz, “there’s a younger generation of academics tackling hard questions and looking to Marx for answers.” Bookshops nationwide report an increase in sales of 300% during the last months. Whether all buyers will succeed in reading the book from cover to cover is, however, another question, since the book is hardly a “pageturner”.

It’s true, capitalism has – at least partially – proved to be a failure. But is Marxism really the only alternative? Adherents should face it: history has proved that communism almost always leads to repression and low living standards. And really, if you had the choice between going through a financial crisis or running the risk to be sent to a concentration camp, the choice is easily made, isn’t it? What do you say?


Hannelore Blomme

Source: BBC

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1 Comment »

  1. I think that you misunderstood the category ‘crisis communication’. This category is about corporate crises and how companies handle them. This post therefore, does not belong in that category . You have also used a tremendous amount of white space.

    If you thought the financial crisis is destructive for every single industry in the world, there is one business you might have forgotten: the one linked to Marxist economic philosophy. The German publisher Karl Dietz says it has sold over 1,500 copies of Karl Marx’ Das Kapital this year, compared to some 200 in other years. The book had fallen terribly out of favour in the post-Soviet years, but now, according to Joern Schuetrumpf from Karl Dietz, “there’s a younger generation of academics tackling hard questions and looking to Marx for answers.” Bookshops nationwide report an increase in sales of 300% during the last months. Whether all buyers will succeed in reading the book from cover to cover is, however, another question, since the book is hardly a “pageturner”.

    It’s true, capitalism has – at least partially – proved to be a failure. But is Marxism really the only alternative? Adherents should face it: history has proved that communism almost always leads to repression and low living standards. And really, if you had the choice between going through a financial crisis or running the risk to be sent to a concentration camp, the choice is made easily [easily made] , isn’t it? What do you say?

    Marilyn Michels

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — November 16, 2008 @ 6:29 pm


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