In Defence of Champagne Socialism

Most people would consider an evening in which “besides the Claret, we drank 16 bottles of Champagne and ate twelve dozen oysters”, extravagant. But for a 70-year old Friederich Engels, the co-founder of Marxism, it was a typical evening of profligacy and excess. For him, Marx and a bazaar of other international socialists that congregated at Engels’ home in Primrose Hill, evenings were spent drinking the best wines, smoking cigars and eating excessively.