Marx in New York Tribune 1860

Affairs in Prussia


From: Karl Marx, “Affairs in Prussia” Written in English.
First Published: New York Daily Tribune, October 15, 1860;
Source: Marx Engels On Literature and Art, Moscow 1976;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden.

Türr, whom I know personally, is a brave soldier and an intelligent officer, but beyond the sphere of military activity he is a mere zero, below the average of common mortals, lacking not only training of mind and a cultivated intellect, but that natural shrewdness and instinct which may stand in place of education, learning, and experience. He is, in one word, an easy-going jolly good fellow, gifted with an extraordinary degree of credulity, but certainly not the man to politically control anybody, not to speak of Garibaldi, who, with a fire of soul still owns his grain of that subtle Italian genius you may trace in Dante no less than in Machiavelli.