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The Capitalist's Marxist Guide To The Universe,
This review is from: Limits to Capital (Paperback)
David Harvey's book is a Marxist guide to capitalism or better a capitalist guide to a Marxist's view of capitalism. It examines capitalism from many perspectives (money, credit, banking, productivity, inflation etc) and contrasts established economic doctrines with ideas in Marx's book, Capital. Marx, I have not yet read so I cannot vouch for Harvey's interpretation of the great one but there's no reason to doubt the author. Harvey may not be afraid to finger weaknesses in Marx's arguments but he ain't no dyed in the wool capitalist either. That's all good as there is a dearth of notable challenges to established doctrines.
I took this book on holiday to Rio hoping to finish it on the beach. I soon came to appreciate that one needs a lighter read on vacation. The book is thorough. In fact so thorough that you will need quite some stamina to complete it. It hardly helps that there's a lot here that without doubt will bore the life out of many modern readers e.g. sections on the role of land and rent or the sublime differences between capital as use or exchange values. Nevertheless an illuminating dive into the dark side of capitalism.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2012 03:17:36 BDT
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The difference between use value and exchange value is one of the fundamental building-blocks of Capital, so you really need to understand in order to a full understanding of the work. Capital develops very much as a synthesis and one really appreciates the magnitude of the achievement as all the parts come together in an intellectual whole. There are so many facets, however, that there are always new insights.
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