A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey PDF

By David Harvey

"My objective is to get you to learn a booklet through Karl Marx known as Capital, quantity 1, and to learn it on Marx's personal terms..."

The greatest monetary quandary because the nice melancholy has generated a surge of curiosity in Marx's paintings within the attempt to appreciate the origins of our present drawback. for almost 40 years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, turning into one of many world's so much greatest Marx scholars.

Based on his contemporary lectures, this present quantity goals to deliver this intensity of studying to a broader viewers, guiding first-time readers via a desirable and deeply lucrative textual content. A better half to Marx's Capital bargains clean, unique and infrequently severe interpretations of a ebook that modified the process historical past and, as Harvey intimates, may possibly accomplish that again.


“Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is freed from journalistic clichés, choked with evidence and punctiliously thought-through ideas.”—Richard Sennett

“Without a doubt one of many top partners to Marx’s [Capital].”—Joshua Clover, Nation

“No brief overview can do justice to this notable booklet ... Essential.”—Michael Perelman, Choice

“A worthwhile guide.”—Aaron Hess, SocialistWorker.org

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In a single year, more people suffer than all those who died in the holocausts of the first half of this century. Every day spreads the outrage further, an outrage that assaults both the world around us and our own spirit and conscience. The Nobel laureates compared the massive deaths from hunger and privation with deaths resulting from genocide. Would it be reasonable to go further and say that the treatment of children worldwide, allowing the deaths of over 12 million children under five each year, itself amounts to a form of genocide?

POPULATION AND THE ECONOMY Many people worry that saving children on a large scale would aggravate the problem of worldwide population growth in a Malthusian cycle. They believe that hunger and poverty persist mainly because of excessive population growth rates in Third World countries. Apparently premature deaths, while tragic, are nature's way of keeping population growth in check. However, it is important to understand that poverty is not created and recreated simply because of population growth.

The term is not an oxymoron; it is not selfcontradictory. If the failure to attend to children's needs persists over time, even in the face of repeated complaints and appeals, that neglect can be described as intentional or deliberate. Neglect can be understood as the failure to do something that should be done - and that failure may or may not be intentional. 21 There is a difference between not knowing what your actions will lead to and what is described in law as 'reckless disregard' for the predictable consequences of one's action.

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