A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey

By David Harvey

"My target is to get you to learn a publication by means of Karl Marx referred to as Capital, quantity 1, and to learn it on Marx's personal terms..."

The greatest monetary main issue because the nice melancholy has generated a surge of curiosity in Marx's paintings within the attempt to appreciate the origins of our present quandary. for almost 40 years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, turning into one of many world's so much ultimate Marx scholars.

Based on his contemporary lectures, this present quantity goals to convey this intensity of studying to a broader viewers, guiding first-time readers via a desirable and deeply profitable textual content. A better half to Marx's Capital bargains clean, unique and infrequently severe interpretations of a booklet that modified the process background and, as Harvey intimates, may perhaps achieve this again.


“Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is freed from journalistic clichés, filled with evidence and thoroughly thought-through ideas.”—Richard Sennett

“Without a doubt one of many most sensible partners to Marx’s [Capital].”—Joshua Clover, Nation

“No brief evaluate can do justice to this remarkable e-book ... Essential.”—Michael Perelman, Choice

“A priceless guide.”—Aaron Hess, SocialistWorker.org

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Roch MP suggested that Owen ‘passed quickly from one thing to another, swayed by emotion rather than passion. 16 There were grander commemorative occasions in which it was Owen’s virtues that were recalled. The most important of these occurred a century ago on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Owen’s death, when a large meeting was held in Lanark, in June 1908. The principal speakers were Keir Hardie and James Ramsay MacDonald. Large numbers of people arrived by special trains (the Glasgow train was late).

In the 1820s ‘socialist’ meant the promoter of a ‘social system’, a system of society, mainly but not ex­ clusively based on Owen’s principles and plans. Whether or not the Villages of Unity and Mutual Co-operation or the Community of Equality introduced with such speed at New Harmony and at Orbiston around the same time could be described as ‘socialist’ is debatable. Certainly the social and cultural dimensions of Owenism were much more robust than their economic frame­ work, about which Owen was consistently woolly.

Org/thinkers/et-owen. htm; and for wider perspectives Harrison, Robert Owen, and Taylor, Visions of Harmony. These were the major issues underpinning the economics of the communities. Ralahine has been the object of recent research, including Vincent Geoghegan, ‘Ralahine: Ireland’s lost utopia’, Communal Studies, 9 (1989), 91–104. A recent contribution is Richard J. Cherok, Debating for God: Alexander Campbell’s Challenge to Skepticism in Antebellum America (Abilene, TX, 2008). Some further information has come to light on Catherine Whitwell, but she would repay investigation.

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