Marx's Capital at 150
History in Capital, Capital in History

Desai, Radhika

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  25/08/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21402

A look at Karl Marx's historic book 'Capital' Volume 1 on the 150th anniversary of publication, its historical significance and influence, and what it means for those who read the book today.


Excerpt: The first volume of Capital – published one hundred and fifty years ago this September [2017] – is an exposition of the second discovery and rests on the first. It is historical in two senses. Its capitalism is historically specific, with a particular place in the past and future of humanity. And the contradictory dynamics of the struggles between and within classes and nations that propel its turbulent and crisis-ridden history show that capitalism was made, and can be unmade, by social choices.
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