Karl Marx’s Literary Style Was an Essential Part of His Genius / by Daniel Hartley

Lithograph of Karl Marx, 1866. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) Originally published in Jacobin on January 31, 2023 Review of Marx’s Literary Style by Ludovico Silva, translated by Paco Brito Núñez (Verso, 2023) Karl Marx wasn’t merely a great thinker who was also a glorious prose stylist. His brilliance as a writer was inseparable from his greatness asContinue reading “Karl Marx’s Literary Style Was an Essential Part of His Genius / by Daniel Hartley”

‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan / by Justin McCurry

Kohei Saito’s book Capital in the Anthropocene, inspired by Karl Marx’s writings on the environment, has become a surprise hit in Japan | Image: newsonjapan.com Originally published in The Guardian on September 9, 2022 Kohei Saito’s book Capital in the Anthropocene has become an unlikely hit among young people and is about to be translatedContinue reading “‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan / by Justin McCurry”

Karl Marx Was Right: Workers Are Systematically Exploited Under Capitalism / by Ben Burgis

A young worker at a Nestlé factory. (Nestlé/Flickr) Even among Marx-friendly economists, the labor theory of value has fallen out of favor. But its technical validity is less important than the core message: workers are exploited because the value they create is undemocratically taken by capitalists. In 1865, Karl Marx filled out a questionnaire. WeContinue reading “Karl Marx Was Right: Workers Are Systematically Exploited Under Capitalism / by Ben Burgis”

On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey

In my last commentary of April 1, I reviewed a March 26 Webinar, “Clarifying the Struggle for Socialism: Uses and Misuses of Marx’s Capital,” sponsored by the International Manifesto Group.  My commentary included a summary of the presentation of Radhika Desai, convener of the International Manifesto Group and Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group,Continue reading “On states and classes in conflict: The central dynamic of capitalism and transition to socialism / by Charles McKelvey”