Karl Marx

A contribution to the critique of political economy - Karl Marx

First published in 1859, the book is mainly an analysis of capitalism, achieved by critiquing the writings of the leading theoretical exponents of capitalism at that time: these were the political economists, nowadays often referred to as the classical economists; Adam Smith (1723–90) and David Ricardo (1772–1823) are the foremost representatives of the genre. Much of the Critique was later incorporated by Marx into his magnum opus, Capital (Volume I), published in 1867.

Grundrisse: Foundations of the critique of political economy - Karl Marx

Written during the winter of 1857-8, the "Grundrisse" was considered by Marx to be the first scientific elaboration of communist theory.

Theories of surplus-value - Karl Marx

Divided into three parts, this lengthy work reviews classic economic analyses of labor and value (Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, and others), focusing on the concept of "surplus value"—the difference between the full value of a worker's labor and the wages received for this labor.

The "dictatorship of the proletariat" in Marx and Engels - Hal Draper

Good article from 1987 explaining that the use of the term "dictatorship of the proletariat" in German by Marx and Engels is not the same as the English word "dictatorship" and does not conflict with democracy.

Marx's Ethnological Notebooks, feudalism in Asia, and strategy in Nepal - Stephen Lawrence Mikesell

View of Kathmandu City

The author argues that the common leftist definition of Nepal as wholly or partially “feudal” is wrong and historically inappropriate and that those ‘Marxists’ claiming it are in contradiction with Marx’s own expressed views.

Scepticism, class, and the 'New Atheists'

With's Chomsky's appearance on a 'skeptic' podcast and in light of the recent comments by Dawkins and the reaction to them, including JK's blog post, it got me thinking about the relationship, or lack thereof, between 'scepticism', 'new atheism' and radical politics. Here's some garbled thoughts.

Toward the human community - La Guerre Sociale

A 1982 article first published in the journal La Guerre Sociale on the prospects for a communist movement, with discussions of politics, opportunism, bureaucracy, organizational fetishism, economic determinism, ideology, the adaptability of capitalism, and the limitations of the concept of self-management.

Notes on Wagner - Karl Marx

Epub of Marx's Notes on Adolph Wagner.

The Story of the Life of Lord Palmerston

Epub of Marx's The Story of the Life of Lord Palmerston. Text taken from marxists.org.

Revelations of the Diplomatic History of the 18th Century

Epub of Marx's Revelations of the Diplomatic History of the 18th Century. Text taken from marxists.org.