Karl Marx

Karl Marx - Karl Korsch

Left communist Karl Korsch's detailed biography of Karl Marx.

The Bakunin-Marx split in the 1st International - Franz Mehring

Bakunin & Marx

Excerpts from Mehring's Karl Marx - The Story of His Life (1918) on the conflict between Bakunin and Marx in the 1st International (International Working Men's Association). Mehring gives a very evenhanded account of the famous split that was to initially define the historical relationship between the statist and anti-statist wings of the working class movement. Unlike most other Marxists up to the present - and whilst maintaining his political disagreements with Bakunin's anarchism and criticising his faults and weaknesses - Mehring without bias also points out the slanders, intrigues and trickeries of Marx and his supporters in this episode.

Marx, Bakunin, and the question of authoritarianism - David Adam

Marx and Bakunin

David Adam casts doubt on the traditional narrative regarding the question of authoritarianism in the Marx-Bakunin conflict.

Karl Marx and the state

David Adam addresses Marx’s concept of a socialist society in relation to various concepts of the state.

Capital - Karl Marx

The complete text online of Marx's Magnum Opus, Capital: a critique of political economy, a devastating critical analysis of capitalism.

The Commodity, Chapter 1, Volume 1 of the first edition of Das Kapital

Translation of The Commodity the original chapter 1 of the first edition of Das Kapital and The Value-Form, the associated Appendix.

Misunderstanding Marx from the Beginning: Notes on the Three Peculiarities of the Equivalent Form in Vol. 1 of Capital

(In memory of Cyril Smith, whose translation correction led to a close reading and consideration of this material.)

"Marx's Concept of Intrinsic Value" by Andrew Kliman

This essay delves into the often misunderstood topic of Marx's distinction between value and exchange-value. From Historical Materialism 6, Summer 2000.

Karl Marx on alienated labour

An extract from Marx's 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts on the process of alienation of the worker from their work.

Marx on the piss; a London pub crawl with Karl Marx in the late 1850s - Wilhelm Liebknecht

An account by Liebknecht of a smashing drunken evening in London town, written some 40 years after the event...