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Grundrisse by Karl Marx
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Apr 27, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: marx-hegel
Read in May, 2009

i'm a big girl.
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i think you read books like i drink herbal tea.


Sara-Maria not altogether a good thing-- tea is to be sipped slowly. too bad i drink tea like i read books!

message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited May 04, 2009 11:08AM) (new)

i recall liking the section on the paris commune.
if i am remembering the right bits from the proper sections of Marx's opus. Is the discussion of the Paris Commune in this same book as here mentioned?

i like your chops in reading this in what sounds like a thorough and complete way. i myself recently read portions of it concurrently with Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

That combination was instrumental in my seeing how Protestant character traits like thrift and striving to be among god's elect in Protestant England under capital's early regime was a defense against being dammned and deemed a worthless wretch. This allowed a personal work ethic to develop under the impetus of profit.

The Protestant worker's motivation under capital accumulation was for the avoidance of being deemed a worthless wretch by the practical lack of control over factory workers and operating his investment at a loss.

Only unstinting and purposeful labor would prevent this, as the market was so shakey. Under the Calvinist doctrine of 'predestination' which said where work was a means to salvation, a new 'work ethic' would be grafted onto capital investments as salvation in society.

This alienated the investor from material comfort as each gain needed to be reinvested to overcome resistance by labor to innovation.

Sara-Maria grundrisse predates the paris commune by some 13-14 years. his most lenghty treatment of it is i believe in 'the civil war in france', which i have not read.

i've been meaning to read weber's protestant ethic, thanks for reminding me.

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