READING CAPITAL POLITICALLY
This book re-examines Karl Marx’s analysis of value through a detailed study of Chapter One of Volume 1 ofCapital. The object of this study is to bring out the political usefulness of the analysis of value by situating the abstract concepts of Chapter One with Marx’s overall analysis of the class struggles of capitalist society. I intend to return to what I believe was Marx’s original purpose: he wroteCapitalto put a weapon in the hands of workers. In t he presented a detailed analysis of the fundamental dynamics of the struggles between the capitalist and the working classes. By readingCapitalas a political docuemtn, workers could study in depth the various ways in which the capitalist class sought to dominate them as well as the methods they themselves used to struggle against that domination.
Henry Cleaverteaches Marxism and Marxist Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Texas. In recent years he has written extensively on and around the Zapatista Movement. HisReading Capital Politicallyhas, since its publication, been one of the most influential texts of Autonomist Marxism. Before the current Indian edition it has already appeared in a Mexican, a Korean and a Turkish edition.