Want know what book is flying off the shelves in Germany at the moment?..I know you’re interested…Well, it’s Das Kapital. You know, Karl Marx’s communist manifesto. Bookshops across Germany are saying sales of his work are up by 300%.

The reason? Apparently this whole ‘global financial crisis’ (three words I’m sick of hearing) has got people dreaming of a simpler future, one in which we no longer have to worry about money or shares or assets. It’s what Germany’s finance minister Peer Steinbrück seems to be dreaming of when he was quoted in Der Spiegel saying, “Generally one has to admit that certain parts of Marx’s theory are really not so bad”.


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