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El Capital 2 (Das Kapital #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  722 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Capital 2, subtitled The Process of Circulation of Capital, was prepared by Friedrich Engels from notes left by Marx & published in 1885. It's divided into three parts: The Metamorphoses of Capital & Their Circuits, The Turnover of Capital, & The Reproduction & Circulation of the Aggregate Social Capital. Here the main ideas behind the marketplace are to be ...more
Published 1974 by Editorial Cártago (first published 1885)
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Sara Salem
HALLELUJAH! DONE! Now need therapy.
Tom Emanuel
Be warned: Capital, Vol. 2 is a ROUGH read. Marx's worst tendencies as a writer come out in force, bogging down in arid theoretical presentations and interminable algebraic calculations, with little of the literary flair and almost none of the demonstrative examples that characterize Capital, Vol. 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. I STRONGLY suggest you arm yourself with a companion volume - David Harvey's A Companion To Marx's Capital, Volume 2, published just last year, is every ...more
Ben Kearvell
Much of Volume 2 I can only grasp basically, or allegorically. I’m no accountant. The subject, basically, is capitalist expansion – how capital accumulates, via what means and at what expense. Marx argues, where there are capitals, commodities, and surplus values, expansion will follow; not simply for the sake of the consumer, but for the sake of capitalism. Capital consumes all–most notably the working class—until finally (in Volume 3 I gather) it must consume itself.

Volume 2 is less a descript
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Claire
This book has been plaguing me, a crimson spectre lingering in my thoughts, the draft of the second volume of the magnum opus of Karl Marx, which he did not see to publication due to the illness which brought about his demise.

Many have urged me to let him requiescat in pacem if I don't have any clear plans to study history, or Russian, or French, or the Political Economy. (I am leaving RIP in Latin since the subjunctive is what I prefer - as if he were to rest in peace)

Why not seek the last vol
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Mark Oppenlander
This second volume of Capital is less of a polemic than the first volume was. Here, Marx seems primarily concerned with working out the technical details of his theory on the circulation of capital within a society. Marx dives deeply into descriptions of the various processes of capital circulation and accumulation with numerous examples and equations to back it up. Obviously, all of this supports Marx's general proposition that all excess economic value is created through the exploitation of th ...more
Willow Firstbrook
Well, I finished it at least.
I will need to go back to it. The damned thing
Rowland Bismark
The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist

By degrees the agricultural population was transformed into material elements of variable capital. For the peasants were constrained, now that they had been expropriated and cast adrift, to purchase their value in the form of wages from their new masters, the industrial capitalists. So they were transformed into an element of constant capital.

Consider the case of Westphalian peasants who, in the time of Frederic II., were all spinners of flax, and were for
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Peter Harrison
The volumes of Capital beyond Volume 1 have a reputation for being incomplete and even harder to read, and as a result I was reluctant to mark a start to Volume 2. I read this in parallel with David Harvey's second volume of his Companion to Marx's Capital. In fact I found it truly eye-opening. Marx's outline of the interlocking processes of capital circulation feels very relevant to an analysis of modern capitalism - particularly when joined to the merchants capital sections from Volume 3 as Da ...more
S.D.
The second volume of Marx’s dialectical evisceration of capitalism further clarifies the important difference between profit and capital, through an examination of the methods by which capital circulates. While Marx presents the methods themselves through a series of clear equations, his argument once again proves difficult to fully comprehend in parts, as otherwise clear examples are over-explained. Still, this should not deter a dedicated reader from pushing through. The reward, despite the in ...more
Izabela Kolar Furjan
Ukratko, a i šire: uglavnom se smatra da je Marxova teorija radne vrijednosti "pala na ispitu" zato što nije uspio na zadovoljavajući način riješiti pitanje II-og ciklusa tzv. "proširene društvene reprodukcije".
Motaz Soliman
يكمل كارل ماركس دراستة النقدية للإقتصاد الرأس مالي بدراسة معمقة في اساليب حساب معدل القيم الزائدة و إنتاجها و تقسيم العمل , دراسة معمقة مستنيرة لينتقل بعد ذلك لدراسة الألية و الصناعات الكبرى , و ما ترتب على من أضرار على الجانبين الإنساني و الإجتماعي بالنسبة لطبقات العمال مقابل التحسن في المجالات عينها في الطبقات البرجوازية ,
و يقوم بدراسة عمل النساء و الأطفال مسلطاً الضوء على الأزمات الإنسانية في تلك المواضيع
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و ينهي الكتاب بدراسة الأجر , من حيث توزيعة حيب الوقط او حسب القطعه و الفارق بين معدلا
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nicki
Interesting critiques on capitalism particularly the nature of crisis.
Krishna Avendaño
Además de lo ya criticado del tomo primero, que parte del equívoco de suponer que el valor viene determinado por el tiemp de trabajo, cuando históricamente se ha probado que éste es subjetivo, el segundo tomo de El Capital es un conjunto de páginas desordenadas, con una pobre estructua e importantes lagunas teóricas. De hecho, sus consideraciones sobre los esquemas de reproducción es bastante pobre, aún para otros economistas marxistas, como Rosa Luxemburgo. No por nada fue un texto incompleto q ...more
Justin
This is not a page turner, but it is definitely necessary to understanding Marx's whole theory of capital. How the turnover period of different kinds of capital effect the outcome of circuits of investment among other topics discussed here make it hard for me to imagine understanding Volume 3 without reading this. Also, the breakdown of capital into department I and II are key distinctions in understanding the ability for capital to reproduce on an expanded scale.
Henrik Hallberg
Ok, so I cheated and skimmed a bit during the two last chapters, and instead understood the chapters from Understanding Capital, volume II: a reader's guide. After reading volume 2 back-to-back to volume 1, I will definitely take a significant break before pulling volume 3 from the shelf.
Kevin
This is heavy-going - not suited to reading in bursts and in fits and starts as I often have to do. very technical and abstract. It's a detailed explanation of Marx's economic concepts and relationships between capital and production and the means of production, and necessary reading for a full understanding of Marxian economics. But it takes far more attention than I was able to give it this time round.
Matthew
I'd rather Marx filled more page inches with his own ideas than with critiques of bourgeois economists, but this is very good, especially once he gets to the chapters discussing surplus value. You really only start seeing the full dialectic of the work in the last 150 or so pages. If you can hold a thought in your head that long, you will find it s worth it.
Tony Schmitt
Though it was full of good things, Marx died before he could complete the book, thus it was lacking the nice polish and linguistic flourishes of volume 1. And I would very strongly recommend watching David Harvey's lectures on volume 2 along with reading the book.
Muhammad Shemyal Nisar
Honestly, speaking although i really liked the book and the was astounded by the depth with which the topic is covered. But I think will have to re-read and re-re-read the book to fully understand the text.
Luke Echo
This was quite a chore to get through.. There are a few interesting ideas buried amongst the accountant style manipulations of numerical money and capital but they are difficult to spot.
Ben
Excruciatingly tedious and boring at times, it doesn't compare to the brilliant first and third volumes. Essential to understanding Marx, but not a fun read.
Bradley
Apr 11, 2007 Bradley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anarchists and Economists
Details commodities to an exacting detail. The third volume is heavily edited by Engels and I never bought it. Or something like that.
!Tæmbuŝu
Aug 26, 2014 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as unread-hard-wif-ecopies-eng  ·  review of another edition
Tommy Williford
Definitely not the first volume... And I know I am one of the few that has read all three volumes
Janek Z
The last two chapters are pure brutality. I will be reading supplements for weeks.
Charles Baudelaire
I feel like I already read it.
Michael
Read Penguin edition.
Dietcokedick
Feb 11, 2009 Dietcokedick is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
ugh, there's MORE?
Danee .
more haunting...
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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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“It is a pure tautology to say that crises are provoked by a lack of effective demand or effective consumption. The capitalist system does not recognize any forms of consumer other than those who can pay, if we exclude the consumption of paupers and swindlers. The fact that commodities are unsaleable means no more than that no effective buyers have been found for them, i.e. no consumers (no matter whether the commodities are ultimately sold to meet the needs of productive or individual consumption).” 0 likes
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