I found this in my old teaching notes as I’m organizing my library and I wanted to share it with you:

“Chinese socialism may, of course, bear the same relation to European socialism as Chinese to Hegelian philosophy. But it is still amusing to note that the oldest and most unshakable empire on earth has, within eight years, been brought to the brink of a social revolution by the cotton bales of the English bourgeoisie; in any event, such a revolution cannot help but have the most important consequence for the civilized world. When our European reactions, in the course of their imminent flight through Asia, finally arrive at the Great Wall of China, at the gates which lead to the home of primal reaction and primal conservatism, who knows if they will not find written thereon the legend:

Republique Chinoise
Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite”

- Karl Marx, London, January 31, 1850

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