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Interestingly, just over 12 months ago Paul Brownsey of Glasgow University’s Department of Philosophy criticised Bruce Crichton’s views on Marx (Letters, 11 November).

The latter, he said, “deploys his comic-book villain caricature of Marx in place of attempting to work out what Marx actually meant (Letters, 23 October 2013).

Seemingly, Bruce Crichton does the same again, describing Marx’s moral philosophy as “Simply theft and envy given a pseudo-intellectual veneer.”

Nor is Marxism based on an “ad hominem” argument, namely aimed directly at a person and in this case criticising Marx for having dubious moral standards.

Arguably, Marx’s moral philosophy is encapsulated in the following: “the free development of each individual is the condition for the free development of all.”

Ellis Thorpe

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