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A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

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A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (German: Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie) is a book by Karl Marx, first published in 1859. The book is mainly an analysis of capitalism, achieved by critiquing the writings of the leading theoretical exponents of capitalism at that time: these were the political economists, nowadays often referred to as the classical econ ...more
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Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First published in 1859, this pamphlet would later become the first three chapters of Capital: Volume 1. It is here however, that Marx first spells out in analytical detail how the relations of production; that bond between people which is forged out of their joint activity, becomes reified from a relation of simple use value to a relation of exchange value and the emergence of market mechanisms. This forms the essence of a method that would be known as dialectical materialism, and explains the ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another five star book, by Marx? Who would have thought!?

There's a lot of good information in this book, and it also serves as great source for watching Marx develop his devastating critique of Political Economy. This book is most famous for the preface, where Marx re-introduces the world to his theory of Historical Materialism, and he develops this cogent theory in roughly 250 words. Marx was a true master of saying a whole lot, with very little. But, as anyone whose read his larger works knows
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More proof that theoretical treatises are over my head and don't really interest me. Much of this book is an analysis of the gold standard, which is hard to see as relevant in today's world.
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funciona bien como un prólogo al capital... aunque luego una buena parte de las discusiones son eliminadas o cambiadas en el capital, en la contribución Marx se acerca más a las fuentes originales burguesas y tiene una profundidad mayor que los primeros capítulos del capital sobre los mismos temas. Cualquier lector del capital va a encontrar que es una buena compañía
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Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marx, economics
This book is a curious mixture. As noted by David McLellan in his "Karl Marx - Selected Writings" the bulk of the text itself is essentially repeated in reworked form as the first chapters of volume 1 of Capital. It is an interesting but dense read covering commodities and money.

The real interest lies in the very well known Preface (found in it's entirety in McLellan's Selected Writings) and the unpublished Introduction which was found in Marx's papers and published after his death. Both are inc
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Contribution to The Critique of Political Economy is a book about economics by the famous economist Karl Marx. As one would expect, Marx explains his views of how value should be determined, and how money should be used. It was originally written in German, as that is Marx’s native language, so some thoughts may have been lost in translation. Still, book is very intense and gives a unique new perspective on how trade, money and value should work, compared to how they work in today’s society. A ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lo releí con un interés muy particular por su concepción del dinero, que resultó estar formada por los prejuicios y errores típicos de los economistas políticos clásicos que se dejaron engañar por el patrón oro. Alguno querrá defenderlo aduciendo que no puedo valorar negativamente a la crítica de Marx desde este único ángulo, pero no creo que el dinero sea un aspecto secundario para fundar una teoría económica, sociológica o política. Tampoco Marx lo trata como algo tan secundario - a pesar de c ...more
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Otro libro más de los que tuve que leer para mi clase de Historia del Pensamiento II. No hay mucho para decir. A los libros de carácter histórico los disfruto siempre, aunque no comparta la ideología del auto.
all cosmetological questions come down to the base and superstructure, famously laid down in this episode.
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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 absentia, Marx stud ...more
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“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.” 144 likes
“In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness. The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness. At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution. The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure.” 21 likes
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