"e;Das Kapital,"e; Karl Marx's seminal work, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From "e;Kapital"e; sprung the economic and political systems that at one time dominated half the earth and for nearly a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, more than one billion Chinese citizens live under a regime that proclaims fealty to Marxist ideology. Yet this important tome has been passed over by many readers frustrated by Marx s difficult style and his preoccupation with nineteenth-century events of little relevance to today's reader.
Here Serge Levitsky presents a revised version of "e;Kapital,"e; abridged to emphasize the political and philosophical core of Marx s work while trimming away much that is now unimportant. Pointing out Marx s many erroneous predictions about the development of capitalism, Levitsky's introduction nevertheless argues for "e;Kapital's"e; relevance as a prime example of a philosophy of economic determinism that "e;subordinates the problems of human freedom and human dignity to the issues of who should own the means of production and how wealth should be distributed."e;
Here then is a fresh and highly readable version of a work whose ideas provided inspiration for communist regimes' ideological war against capitalism, a struggle that helped to shape the world today."e;
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