Capital: A Critique of Political Economy (Google eBook)

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Modern Library, 1906 - Capital. - 869 pages
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Marx's monumental analysis of capitalism probes the role of labor in this economic system as it existed in his day
  

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Contents

I
11
II
27
III
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IV
96
V
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VI
163
VII
173
VIII
185
XX
582
XXI
586
XXII
594
XXIII
602
XXIV
611
XXV
618
XXVI
619
XXVII
634

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X
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XI
235
XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
568
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
814
XXXIII
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XXXIV
822
XXXV
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XXXVI
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Page 148 - Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair, Wrong right, base noble, old young, coward valiant. Ha, you gods! why this? what this, you gods? Why, this Will lug your priests and servants from your sides, Pluck stout men's pillows from below their heads: This yellow slave Will knit and break religions; bless the accurs'd; Make the hoar leprosy ador'd; place thieves, And give them title, knee, and approbation, With senators on the bench...
Page 822 - State, the concentrated and organized force of society, to hasten, hothouse fashion, the process of transformation of the feudal mode of production into the capitalist mode, and to shorten the transition. Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.
Page 198 - Labour is, in the first place, a process in which both man and Nature participate, and in which man of his own accord starts, regulates, and controls the material re-actions between himself and Nature. He opposes himself to Nature as one of her own forces, setting in motion arms and legs, head and hands, the natural forces of his body, in order to appropriate Nature's productions in a form adapted to his own wants. By thus acting on the external world and changing it, he at the same time changes...
Page 821 - The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines, of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalised the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production, These idyllic proceedings are the chief momenta of primitive accumulation.
Page 83 - In that world the productions of the human brain appear as independent beings endowed with life, and entering into relation both with one another and the human race.
Page 83 - ... stamped upon the product of that labour; because the relation of the producers to the sum total of their own labour is presented to them as a social relation, existing not between themselves, but between the products of their labour. This is the reason why the products of labour become monuments, social things whose qualities are at the same time perceptible and imperceptible by the senses.
Page 25 - With me, on the contrary, the ideal is nothing else than the material world reflected by the human mind, and translated into forms of thought...
Page 195 - They contract as free agents, and the agreement they come to, is but the form in which they give legal expression to their common will. Equality, because each enters into relation with the other, as with a simple owner of commodities, and they exchange equivalent for equivalent.
Page 26 - In its rational form it is a scandal and abomination to bourgeoisdom and its doctrinaire professors, because it includes in its comprehension and affirmative recognition of the existing state of things, at the same time, also, the recognition of the negation of that state, of its inevitable breaking up; because it regards every historically developed social form as in fluid movement and therefore takes into account its transient nature not less than its momentary existence...
Page 83 - A commodity is therefore a mysterious thing, simply because in it the social character of men's labour appears to them as an objective character stamped upon the product of that labour; because the relation of the producers to the sum total of their own labour is presented to them as a social relation, existing not between themselves, but between the products of their labour.

About the author (1906)

Karl Heinrich Marx, one of the fathers of communism, was born on May 5, 1818 in Trier, Germany. He was educated at a variety of German colleges, including the University of Jena. He was an editor of socialist periodicals and a key figure in the Working Man's Association. Marx co-wrote his best-known work, "The Communist Manifesto" (1848), with his friend, Friedrich Engels. Marx's most important work, however, may be "Das Kapital" (1867), an analysis of the economics of capitalism. He died on March 14, 1883 in London, England.

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