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Essays on Marx's Theory of Value

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Political economy, defined in the study of social relations and culture. Originally published in the former Soviet Union, was suppressed and after 1928 it was never re-issued. This is the first English-language edition. Includes an outstanding introductory essay on "Commodity Fetishism" by Freddy Perlman.
Paperback, 275 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Black Rose Books (first published 1923)
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Griffin MB
Feb 21, 2015 Griffin MB rated it it was amazing
pivotal piece of value-form theory from a victim of Stalinist purges. as the man himself says, his only real predecessor in this regard was Marx himself, and also I guess Hilferding's reply to Boehm-Bawerk. what's good in this?

- a very clear elucidation of the distinction between the form, magnitude and substance of value, and the significance of that. and a good statement of their interrelation in a way that respects Marx's dialectic of concepts here while also not trying to turn Capital into t
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Dec 23, 2012 C rated it it was amazing
Although a little turgid at times, Rubin's book is a fascinating defense of Marx's theory of economics against accusations from supply-demand theorist, and austrian marxists. This book is not readable by someone who has not already read Capital and come to serious terms with its implications.

The most fascinating aspect of this books is Rubin's thesis that Marx's theory of the commodity fetish underlies his ENTIRE economic analysis, and the nodal point at which all subsequent theories of capitali
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Biswadip Dasgupta
May 27, 2013 Biswadip Dasgupta rated it it was amazing
I think this book should be read before, not after, reading Capital as the latter undertaking is a difficult assignment and a good guide is indispensable. Rubin explains the various aspects of Marx's theory of value beautifully. For example he explains how the categories of political economy express social relations, how these social relations are attached to the transfer in ownership of things and how social relations can take on reified forms just as things can take on social functions. Rubin ...more
Dusan
May 05, 2013 Dusan rated it it was amazing
Although Perlman's introduction reads somehow dated, the Rubin essays are excellent introduction to all those who want to go beyond basic political economy and into Marx' value theory. A must prep-read for study of Moishe Postone or Robert Kurz.
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