I’m going to be doing a slow reading of Marx’s Capital, and you’re all invited. I expect it to take about a year to complete. Everyone is welcome to join in. I’ll post other relevant sources and points of discussion as and when they arise. Feel free to lurk or dip in and out.
I’m not a scholar of Marx or Marxism, and haven’t read Capital in its entirety, so this will be a lot of new material for me.
Warning: this will be slow and sporadic and poorly organised.
I suggest just having a read of the various prefaces/afterwords first. It gives an idea of:
Some historical context, including who his collaborators and interlocutors were
Marx’s writing style - he acknowledges that the first part is pretty dense and might not make immediate sense! Some of the writing is really great though - I’ve highlighted a few nice phrases.
some of the concepts and of his “dialectical” method (the Afterword to the 2nd German edition) - I don’t understand all here and am taking note. I don’t think we need to go off an read Hegel, but note it down as something potentially perplexing / to possible come back to or seek secondary sources on.
what Marx sees the purpose of this text to be. I think the preface to the French edition is speaking to us! “Dear Citizen, I applaud your idea of publishing the translation of “Das Kapital” as a serial. In this form the book will be more accessible to the working class, a consideration which to me outweighs everything else.”