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Friedrich Engels

Engels in 1891
Born 28 November 1820
Barmen, Prussia
(now Wuppertal, Germany)
Died 5 August 1895(1895-08-05) (aged 74)
London, England
Nationality German
Education Gymnasium zu Elberfeld (de)
Alma mater University of Berlin
(no degree)[1]
Notable work The Condition of the Working Class in England, Anti-Dühring, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, The German Ideology
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Marxism
Dialectical materialism
Historical materialism
Main interests
Political philosophy, economics, class struggle, criticism of capitalism
Notable ideas
Alienation and exploitation of the worker, historical materialism

Freedom is the recognition of necessity.
Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.
Friedrich Engels
The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.
Friedrich Engels
Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist.
Friedrich Engels
All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.
Friedrich Engels
From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.
Friedrich Engels
Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.
Friedrich Engels
The state is not abolished, it withers away.
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.