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Das Kapital [Abridged] (Capital #1-3)

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Karl Marx set about to analyze the development of capital, the components of capital and the modern day application of capital. As a political economy scientist he outlined the key human ingredient; the concept of the surplus value of labor. This concept is the most difficult to understand in the three essential elements of capital, but it is the essential ingredient. This ...more
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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
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب یکی از دشوارترین کتاب هایی است که در زمینهٔ فلسفه و فلسفهٔ سیاسی و اقتصادی، به چاپ رسیده است
عزیزانم، در زمان خواندن کتاب، برایِ معنی کردنِ برخی از واژه هایِ فلسفی و سیاسی و فهمِ برخی از جملاتِ این کتاب، بهتر است که از کتب یا رفرنس هایِ دیگر کمک بگیرید
این کتاب بسیار تخصصی است و متأسفانه ترجمۀ بسیار ضعیفِ کتاب برایِ غیرقابلِ فهم شدنِ برخی از جملاتِ کتاب نیز، مزیدِ بر علت شده است
دوستانِ خردگرا، نمیشود منکر این بود که «مارکس» ظلم ستیز بوده و در راهِ آگاهیِ انسان ها تلاش فرا
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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
Nov 03, 2008 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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Did not agree with everything Marx said...but there is no doubt that this book has changed the world.
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 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
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Try to call me an uneducated socialist now, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s shameful that it’s taken me so long to read 'Capital'. I should have done so when I was an undergrad, more than a decade ago. This is not my first attempt, though. I borrowed an aged hardback library edition of Volume 1 in 2011 and was defeated by the 8 (EIGHT) forewords and prefaces; I never made it to Marx’s actual words. This edition seemed more manageable, due to being abridged and having a mere four introductions and prefaces. Abridged or not, ‘Capital’ is undoubtedly hard work. I read ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granted I only read it the half way through. But it was still about 600 pages that I read over this summer. It's unlikely that I will return to this book. The experience of reading this book felt like taking a very difficult intellectual hike. The book was massive and very detailed. Maybe one day I can return to it and understand it better.
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Ο κακός Τυροκόμος που βγάζει λεφτά
Jun 14, 2014 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
Farzaneh Shafah
Jul 25, 2015 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
Berry Muhl
Nov 12, 2015 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
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karl would be spinning in his grave right now and in between gaffuws saying I TOLD YOU SO! as America saves its most stalwart capitalist icons with socialist policies! Read it and understand that the only real value is human labor...not paper or plastic.
Vikas Lather
Nov 08, 2015 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.
ایده بنیادین مارکس در سرمایه نظریه ارزش کار است. در نظر مارکس هر کالایی یک ارزش مصرفی و یک ارزش مبادله ای دارد که ارزش مبادله ای هر کالا تماما با مقدار کار صرف شده جهت تولید آن تعیین می شود. مارکس اطمینان بسیار زیادی به این نظریه دارد و در جای جای پاره یکم کتاب در صدد توجیه آن است. استدلال های ارائه شده جهت توجیه این نظریه عمدتا مبتنی بر منطق دیالکتیکی است که چندان برای من قابل فهم نبودند و فرازهایی هم که قابل فهم بودند، مقنع نبودند و گاها عجیب! به عنوان مثال: "کالاها به عنوان ارزش مصرفی، بیش از ...more
Apr 16, 2015 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.
Feb 22, 2014 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.
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
David Miller
Oct 03, 2015 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
Leo Hsieh
Sep 08, 2015 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
I read this while in High School and at the time I thought the ideas where good but as I have grown older I have found that the ideas of Marx are incompatible with the driving forces of man. We would need to go through a radical evolution of mind to even be able to adopt any of Marx and if you take his ideas and apply them to a microcosm of individual families you can see the break down pretty quickly.
➸ Gwen de Sade
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, classics
This was great, it's just really hard to read, that's why it took me nearly 3 months to finish this. I should probably get myself some "Marx for Morons" :D
Reading Das Kapital by Marx was a month long struggle and, I must admit, that after I slogged through the first part I kept on reading only out of spite.

Marx's magnum opus didn't age well, in part because it is so atrociously written. The book is full of gratuitous use of Latin, French, Italian (and I assume that in the original - German - edition, English too), subtle literally call outs (e.g «Who fails here to call to mind our good friend, Dogberry, who informs neighbour Seacoal, that, “To be
Aug 12, 2009 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
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
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
Arvind Passey
Aug 11, 2007 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.
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

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;
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  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
  • 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
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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