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  •  If there is one thing all marxists seem (2+ / 0-)
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    gjohnsit, sneakers563

    to be able to agree upon is that Das Kapital is a challenge to read.

    that being said I really wanna give his writings a look.

    •  It's not *that* bad, really (2+ / 0-)
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      nicteis, gjohnsit

      It's best to read it as part of a group with someone who's read it before. Marx's approach is a bit strange at first. He doesn't take a conventional textbook approach where you define a subject completely up front, then move on to the next subject, etc. Rather, he continually circles back to things, looking at them from different perspectives. It's really at the end that you get a sense of the concepts in their totality.

      Also, some of his formulations are a bit strange from a modern perspective. For instance, he talks a lot about value but doesn't examine supply and demand at all in Vol. 1. These two things, continually refining concepts, and starting from an unfamiliar place, make the early part of the book difficult for new readers. That said, once you get to Part 2 of Vol 1, it gets considerably easier. For one, you're used to his writing style, and it's in Part 2 that you finally start to understand things. Most people give up in the money chapter, which is understandable, because the money chapter is by far the most tedious chapter in the book. It's unfortunate though, because it's material that's not taken up again until Vol. 2. I usually recommend skipping it.

      If you have an interest, you should try to find a reading group of some sort and give it a go. It really does give you a perspective you will not get anywhere else, and can't be reduced into little soundbites. It's quite amazing.

      If you can't find anything local, David Harvey's Reading Capital series is quite good.

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:11:11 AM PDT

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