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Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy

Karl Marx (Author); Friedrich Engels (Editor)

  • Publisher: Dover
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 869
  • Released: Mar 1, 2011
  • ISBN-13: 9780486477480


We just realized that it's weird that we have a bunch of books on Capital but not this badboy himself!

Hailed by Friedrich Engels as "the bible of the working class" (he would say that!), this 1867 classic of political economics changed the course of history. Thirty years in the making, Capital, Volume I was the first installment of Karl Marx's three-part Das Kapital and the only volume published during his lifetime. Marx declared that society is evolving from crude, unbalanced economic systems toward a utopian state — specifically, communism. His critiques of private property and class struggles aroused tremendous interest and exercised an influence that resonates to this day.

Marx offers a penetrating analysis of capitalism's inner workings, examining commodities, value, money, and other factors related to the system's historic origins and contemporary functions. These considerations form the framework for his conclusion: the system cannot be reformed and must be overthrown by a revolution, resulting in a socialist society in which production serves the needs of every individual rather than generating profits for the few.

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