How many here have completed Das Kapital?

I am half-way through Volume 1; great read so far.

Muad'Dibber
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Just an audiobook of volume 1, but I see 2 and 3 cited more often usually, so I’ll have to read those sometime.

Makan
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Better if you read it directly to absorb it.

Do NOT use the version at marxists.org because reading a section or chapter in one go is tiresome.

PDF files from Z Library would be better, imho, as you can save your page.

But yes, read or listen to Volume 2 and 3 online on or on audiobook.

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I skimmed it, and at this point couldn’t tell you anything other than LINEN

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Linen this, linen that

Can’t he talk about a different types of fabric like canvas?

Too much linen favoritism.

Frog of War
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I’d much prefer to know the labour value of woollen goods!

Muad'Dibber
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Those first chapters are a rough read for sure. I remember the final point being to show that these quantities obfuscate or hide the fact that these are really relations between people / producers.

@housefinch
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Just have volume 4 to go, was told to read vol 4 before 3 but I didn’t listen.

Ian
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I have only read Volume 1. I read it in college in a reading circle as part of an independent study.

Makan
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Ah

@yogthos
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I got through the first volume. I found first half somewhat tedious if I’m honest, but the second half is fantastic. I see how the first half sets up the foundation for the rest, but it’s still a slog.

Makan
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I liked the part where Karl Marx pointed out that Britain also had an opium crisis.

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Yeah, there are a lot of great bits like that in it. These are a few of my personal favorites that are extremely relevant today:

  • this basically explains how gig economy works

  • this is why there was such a big push to reopen the economy despite a raging pandemic

  • explanation of how we ended up with the whole 1% scenario

  • and finally how automation always ends up being turned against the workers

Makan
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You can definitely see Marx explaining things in a metaphysical sense and one that relies a lot on phenomenology (rather than economic positivism that we usually see nowadays).

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most definitely

@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml
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They caused an opium crisis, so yeah, they had one even if they never had a domestic one.

Makan
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I mean, they did have a domestic one in Great Britain. Karl Marx was documenting this fact.

@T34
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I’m on Volume 3 now. These are the most important books I’ve ever read and 3 is the best IMO. Hard reads, though, ofc.

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Oh absolutely.

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