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A Companion to Marx's Capital

The radical geographer guides us through the classic text of political economy.
“My aim is to get you to read a book by Karl Marx called Capital, Volume 1, and to read it on Marx’s own terms…”

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work in the effort to understand the origins of our current predicament. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s most foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.

David Harvey’s video lecture course can be found here: davidharvey.org/reading-capital/


Reviews

  • “Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is free of journalistic clichés, full of facts and carefully thought-through ideas.”
  • “Without a doubt one of the two best companions to Marx's [Capital].”
  • “No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”
  • “A valuable guide.”

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  • Frédéric Lordon: Why Piketty isn't Marx



    One cannot help but feel suspicious when a book titled Capital, claiming to be a ground-breaking work of political economy, receives little but gushing accolades from across the mainstream media. In an article published for Le Monde Diplomatique, Frédéric Lordon lays out why such suspicion might not be ill-founded. For Lordon, Thomas Piketty remains confined within the myopic sphere of accountancy, failing to attend to capitalism as a historical and political phenomenon:

    "Capitalism according to Piketty has no history—only an unvarying age-old law, occasionally disturbed by accidental events, but always returning to its implacable long-term trend, which leaves no room for conflict between social groups, the real force behind institutional change."

    Visit Le Monde Diplomatique to read the article in full. Frédéric Lordon is the author of Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desireand a regular commentator on current events.
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  • Frédéric Lordon mounts a robust attack on Thomas Piketty and his Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Two years after the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, this international best-seller is still the object of a great deal of discussion and criticism. While its author is now listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential figures, the economist Frédéric Lordon ,author of Willing Slaves of Capital has written a robust attack on Piketty’s book for this month’s Le Monde diplomatique. Its title – ‘Thomas Piketty, no danger to capital in the twenty-first century’ gives some idea of the kind of critique he is making.

    Frédéric Lordon’s article sticks out like a sore thumb from the media consensus praising the quality and political depth of Piketty’s book; and well-aware of his both insightful and iconoclastic views on major contemporary debates, Frédéric Taddei invited Lordon onto his programme Ce Soir (ou jamais!), together with Piketty. The question that the two men debated was ‘Should we put capitalism straight?’

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