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Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy

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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 ideolo ...more
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Published March 1st 2012 by Gateway Editions (first published 1867)
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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 will have reached a compromise which will offend everyone.

Das Kapital is Marx's attempt to codify and transmit his collected observations on the state of capitalism. This is a far cry from the soaring rhetoric of the Manifesto - its aim is to be both a systematic critique of capitalism as well as an
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
یکی از دشوارترین کتاب هایی بود که خوندم، دوستانِ گرامی برایِ معنی کردنِ برخی از واژه ها و فهمِ برخی از جملاتِ این کتاب، بهتر هستش که از کتب یا رفرنس هایِ دیگه و یا اینترنت کمک بگیرید
خودِ کتاب بسیار تخصصی هستش و متاسفانه ترجمۀ بسیار ضعیفِ کتاب برایِ غیرقابلِ فهم شدنِ برخی از جملات، مزیدِ بر علت شده... مرتضوی با ترجمش نابود کرده کتاب رو
دوستانِ خردگرا، مهم نیست که برخی موجوداتِ بیسواد و نادان و پیروِ دین و مذهب نظرشون در موردِ « مارکس» و دیدگاهِ « مارکس» چیه... خواندنِ کتبِ مختلف از فلاسفه میتونه ش
Dec 10, 2008 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had Marx avoided moral judgments in this tome, had he stuck only to symptoms of capitalism’s maladies, this book might still be read in the West today. Instead, Marx and his labor theory of value are considered discredited by economics departments and worthy of little more than synopses and essays about the work – Das Kapital is still cited by many and read by none – and this is probably because Marx’s moral remedy led to greater woes than capitalism did.

This book is also too long by about 2/3.
Note on the Text
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A Chronology of Karl Marx

Preface to the First German Edition
Afterword to the Second German Edition

--Capital [Abridged]

Marx's Selected Footnotes
Explanatory Notes
Subject Index
Name Index
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karl Marx's Capital can be read as a work of economics, sociology and history. He addresses a myriad of topics, but is most generally trying to present a systematic account of the nature, development, and future of the capitalist system. There is a strong economic focus to this work, and Marx addresses the nature of commodities, wages and the worker-capitalist relationship, among other things. Much of this work tries to show the ways in which workers are exploited by the capitalist mode of produ ...more
Farzaneh Shafah
Nov 15, 2015 Farzaneh Shafah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب را با ترجمه ایرج اسکندری که ترجمه بدتری نسبت به نسخه نشر آگاه است خواندم. به همه قسمت هایش نرسیدم ولی در مجموع کمک بزرگی برایم بود... سرمايه نكارش دقيق و فني ماركس درباره مفاهيم كالا و مبادله و بازار و بول و كار و عناصر نظام سرمايه داري است كه از منطق خاص ماركس بيروي ميكند و در جارجوب نظام او معنا ميابد... خواندش را به كساني كه اندك اشتياقي به فهم اقتصاد دارند به شدت توصيه مي كنم...
«كالا به صورت طبيعي اش يعني انجنان كه طبيعتا و به خودي خود هست نه مبادله بذير است و نه معادل هر كالاي ديكر. تن
Lauren Sheil
I just finished reading “Capital”, Karl Marx’s seminal work on political economy originally published in 1867 toward the end of the industrial revolution. The following is a summary of quotes from the book that I’ve been tweeting for the past few days along with my impressions and comments on each.

“The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.” #marx

Throughout the book Marx appears to me to be similar on tone to all the great dev
Berry Muhl
Nov 12, 2015 Berry Muhl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Soul-crushing in its hatred of human nature, and irritating in its misconstruing of economic maxims. Beginning with a vast oversimplification of Adam Smith's theory of value, Marx proceeds to describe, for ants, bees and other insectile collectivists, the kind of economics he wishes had evolved among humans. He then offers--via a distortion of the Hegelian dialectic, which is itself a distortion of logic--a historicist, "scientific" account of how the "proletariat" will inevitably rise and t
David Miller
Oct 15, 2015 David Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many will note, Marxism in its most "Marxist" sense is basically an obsolete system. Das Kapital is very much a product of the nineteenth century, and a perceptive reader can easily find traces of modes of thought that are no longer of the moment. But socialism, more broadly, is very much a living thing, and it is just as readily apparent how important this critique of the corrosive effects of capitalism has been to socialism's development.

The edition I read presents the core of Marx's analys
Aug 12, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for one of my classes at the U. Here is the best summary of the book I could find:
The central driving force of capitalism, according to Marx, was in the exploitation and alienation of labour. The ultimate source of capitalist profits and surplus was the unpaid labor of wage laborers. Employers could appropriate the new output value because of their ownership of the productive capital assets—protected by the state. By producing output as capital for the employers, the workers con
Οι καπιταλιστικές κοινωνίες κατακλύζονται από αντικείμενα για πούλημα και συνεχίζουν να παράγουν ακατάπαυστα νέα πράγματα, Η «αγορά εμπορευμάτων» αποβλέπει, υποτίθεται, να ικανοποιήσει τις υλικές μας επιθυμίες αλλά οι επιθυμίες μας είναι απεριόριστες, ακόρεστες. Μήπως ο καπιταλισμός στηρίζεται τελικά στις αδυναμίες μας;
May 20, 2015 laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whatever your political stance it's impossible to deny the influence of Marx's works, this one in particular. It's a real wonder, how one persons ideology put into written word can shape the world even today. At the very least, you can appreciate it from that standpoint.

Truly though, the book is convincing and reading it with historical awareness can enable you to enlighten yourself further. It's a great read, and I look forward to reading his other works.

Christ, this review sounds pretentious.
Arvind Passey
Aug 11, 2007 Arvind Passey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buy it, keep read it sometime
Buy it... keep it... do read it sometime is all I can say of this book. Not everyone will be interested in the concepts expressed in the pages. However, going through the concepts helps one in understanding the delicate relationship of humans with other humans within the structured frame-work of civilization.
Vikas Lather
Nov 08, 2015 Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Breathtaking and revolutionary engagement with means of production, surplus value, alienation of labor, and other capitalistic phenomenons.
Jan 25, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should say that I did not read this unabridged, I kinda doubt that even Trotsky did.
Jul 14, 2014 BRANDON rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know why Marx is considered to be a "Materialist" by some writers and thinkers, go no further. This is perhaps Marx most densely philosophical book. This is due to Marx breaking down (much like Adam Smith--even with the same language) the Industrial Revolution and Capitalism, how it works and what it does. It ultimately had to be finished by Marx sponsor Fred Engels (who was a Capitalist bastard) and you can't really tell the difference. Some think that Marx (who was basically jou ...more
Vicky Apostolopoulou
Ό,τι πιο επίκαιρο στο σήμερα!Με απλά λόγια γίνεται απόλυτα κατανοητό. Αξίζει μόνο να αναφερθούν τα τελευταία λόγια για να επισημανθεί η διαχρονικότητα του: Βλέπουμε πολλές χώρες να ρίχνονται στον αγώνα δρόμου για την ανάπτυξη..για να τα καταφέρουν πιο γρήγορα ορισμένες δε διστάζουν να καταλάβουν και να αποικίσουν άλλες χώρες..εκμεταλλεύονται φτωχούς λαούς επιβάλλοντας τους εργασίες εξουθενωτικές και αισχρά κακοπληρωμένες..το χάσμα ανάμεσα σε πλούσιους και φτωχούς βαθαίνει..η ολέθρια σκιά του καπ ...more
Leo Hsieh
Sep 08, 2015 Leo Hsieh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Kapital is one of Karl Marx's greatest published book, it was also the revolutionary book at that time period, even now this book provides a deep insight on capitalism and the pros and cons of it.
This book, unlike the Communist Manifesto is more on a analysis on political economy and the ethics of a capitalist market. I recommend this book because of it's diversity, it is not a book about how bad capitalism is, but also the sociological, philosophical and economical impact of capitalism that
"Moreover, all progress in capitalistic agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the labourer, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time, is a progress towards ruining the lasting sources of that fertility. The more a country starts its development on the foundation of modern industry, like the United States, for example, the more rapid is this process of destruction. Capitalist production, therefore, developes technology, and ...more
Robert Mahon
Let's face it, Marx was more philosopher than economist. He spent a lifetime trying to justify a particular ideology/philosophy....based primarily on jealousy. He insists upon putting an intrinsic value of things (e.g., labor)....rather than the value which the market determines for them, based on their free marketable worth based on free exchange. In a fair and free market, labor is not "cheated". It is just like any other product, which is demanded and supplied. Keep in mind that much of what ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marx's primary treatise on capitalist economics. Straight-forward yet a little dry, it's not exactly a thrilling read but an important component of Marx's total theory. I've read it a few times now and I'm becoming more and more aware of both the limitations of the work and also the absolute magnificence of it. It's imperfect, yet it remains the most important work on economics.
Samer Mansour
رأس المال كتاب قيم جدا لكل من أراد أن يفهم حقيقة المقولة الماركسيةأن الرأسمالية تحفر قبرها بيديها!يبدأ بتحليل فلسفي عن السلعة التي تعتبر حجر الاساس في الراسمالية .. يحلل النقد وظهوره ووظيفته واختزاله للعمل المبذول في انتاج السلعة ..يتحدث عن السوق وآلياته ,, عن الامبريالية كمرحلة عليا من الرأسمالية
After reading Plato's Republic and 1984, I pictured Das Kapital as a Marxist epic about a bleak totalitarian, Capitalist state. I was rather disappointed to read a dull and inaccurate (Labor Theory of Value) Economics book.
Extraordinary in ambition, scope and coverage, but a really difficult read. I highly recommend David Harvey's lectures ( as a companion, if you plan to make the effort.
James Gibson
May 08, 2014 James Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book is so prolific it is hard to review. There is nothing more to say that Marx is the secular Jesus who has brought light to the world with his incredible ideas.
Nov 20, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to the accompaniment of a lecture series by David Harvey. I would have sunk right to the bottom where it not for his help. Marx is a prophet, get used to it.
May 31, 2008 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its really boring, but I think it sets up a lot of ways people analyze the world and look at it from systems point of view.
Have read chapter extracts over the years but not all, so still listed as currently reading I guess.
Had to read all of this as a student. It nearly killed me but it is amazing. What scholarship !
Sarah Nelson
Apr 18, 2016 Sarah Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Try to call me an uneducated socialist now, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
  • The State and Revolution
  • The Condition of the Working Class in England
  • The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
  • The Revolution Betrayed
  • Principles of Political Economy: And Chapters on Socialism
  • How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2011
  • An Essay on the Principle of Population
  • Reform or Revolution
  • Language and Mind
  • The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935
  • Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding / Concerning the Principles of Morals
  • A Companion to Marx's Capital
  • The New Industrial State
  • Creative Evolution
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
  • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
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In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in
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“In reality, the laborer belongs to capital before he has sold himself to capital. His economic bondage is both brought about and concealed by the periodic sale of himself, by his change of masters, and by the oscillation in the market price of labor power. Capitalist production, therefore, under its aspect of a continuous connected process, of a process of reproduction, produces not only commodities, not only surplus value, but it also produces and reproduces the capitalist relation; on the one side the capitalist, on the other the wage-laborer.” 7 likes
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