Nearly a hundred and thirty years after his death and 190 years after his birth on May 5, 1818, Karl Marx continues to exert enormous intellectual and practical influence across the world. The socialist future he so confidently predicted has not yet become the global reality that many had hoped it would. The capitalist mode of production that he diagnosed as crisis-prone and doomed to extinction in the course of further historical development dominates the contemporary world. The early attempts at establishing a socialist society have faced exceptionally difficult problems in a predominantly capitalist/imperialist world. Yet, none of these facts can be seen as rendering Marx irrelevant or as diminishing the power and vitality of his theory and vision. Why?
On Febraury 4th, Leftword Books released the book, "Reading Capital - An Introductory Reader" at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The release function was addressed by various eminent speakers. Their speeches are embedded below -
Karl Marx is back. That, at least, is the verdict of publishers and bookshops in Germany who say that his works are flying off the shelves.
Kate Connolly writes in the Guardian.
David Harvey, distinguished professor at the City University of New York, has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I.
Pragoti shall be serialising this set of lectures in its columns. We begin with the introductory episode. The original version can be found at http://davidharvey.org/ .