Das Kapital

Das Kapital

A Critique of Political Economy

Book - 1970
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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.
Publisher: Chicago : Henry Regnery, c1970, p2000
Edition: Gateway ed
ISBN: 9780895267115
089526711X
Branch Call Number: 330.1 MAR
Characteristics: 356 p. ;,18 cm
Additional Contributors: Engels, Friedrich 1820-1895

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Mephistopheles Apr 03, 2016

For anyone that wants to read Marx's Capital, whether Marxist, Anti-Marxist, or otherwise, absolutely avoid this 'edition'. Levitsky's edition is highly abridged (shortened and edited) towards his own ideological end. It is not a scholarly work and lacks the necessary respect for what Levitsky or his editors themselves even admit is an enormously important work (to this day, and does in fact touch on issues that are still relevant).

For a more scholarly alternative, read an unabridged version (multi-volume) and consider Cleaver's "Reading Capital Politically" and Harvey's "Reading Marx's Capital". Also note that Harvey has a free course available on youtube acts as a companion to his "Reading" text.

greglibrary Apr 02, 2016

It was Marx and Engels [1840’s] who predicted that America’s version of ‘free-enterprise capitalism’ would be doomed to failure through private greed creating an oligarchy....does Reaganomic’s / trickle-down theory [put into practice] ring a bell...pilgrim, eh?
I gotta Go!

dendem4 Mar 31, 2016

It's a primary source. I can't really give it a personal rating.

It's always good to have some sort of exposure to Marx before you either embrace or criticize his philosophy.

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