Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy
Das Kapital, Karl Marx's seminal work, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From Kapital sprung the economic and political systems that at one time dominated half the earth and for nearly a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, more than one billion Chinese citizens live under a regime that proclaims fealty to Marxist ideology. Yet this important tome has been passed over by many readers frustrated by Marx’s difficult style and his preoccupation with nineteenth-century events of little relevance to today's reader.
Here Serge Levitsky presents a revised version of Kapital, abridged to emphasize the political and philosophical core of Marx’s work while trimming away much that is now unimportant. Pointing out Marx’s many erroneous predictions about the development of capitalism, Levitsky's introduction nevertheless argues for Kapital's relevance as a prime example of a philosophy of economic determinism that "subordinates the problems of human freedom and human dignity to the issues of who should own the means of production and how wealth should be distributed."
Here then is a fresh and highly readable version of a work whose ideas provided inspiration for communist regimes' ideological war against capitalism, a struggle that helped to shape the world today.
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How could one give a star-rating to Das Kapital? It stands, with Marx's canon, as one of the most influential books in history, perhaps rivaling only some religious texts. With three stars, I think I ... Read full review
World's 2nd most Dangerous Theory or book after Quran - As Islam and Communists killed and destroyed the Most in Human Civilisation.
CHAPTER XIVDivision of Labor and Manufacture
CHAPTER XVMachinery and Modern Industry
Section 4The Factory
Section 6The Theory of Compensation
CHAPTER VIThe Buying and Selling of LaborPower
CHAPTER VIIThe Labor Process
CHAPTER VIIIConstant Capital and Variable Capital
CHAPTER IXThe Rate of SurplusValue
CHAPTER XThe Working Day
CHAPTER XIRate and Mass of SurplusValue
CHAPTER XIIThe Concept of Relative SurplusValue
CHAPTER XXIVConversion of SurplusValue
Section 3Separation of SurplusValue into Capital
CHAPTER XXVThe General Law
Section 3Progressive Production of a Relative SurplusPopulation
Section 4Different Forms of the Relative SurplusPopulation
CHAPTER XXVIThe Secret of Primitive Accumulation