On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, JONATHAN WHITE reviews a new book by Robert Griffiths on Marx’s Das Kapital and Capitalism Today.
LAST year saw the 150th anniversary of Das Kapital, otherwise known as Volume 1 of Capital, coinciding with a period in which the systemic crisis tendencies of the capitalist system are only too apparent.
The work of Marx and Engels is receiving renewed attention. Crowds of people from all backgrounds have queued up to attend lectures and discussions at the Marx Memorial Library in London.
New editions of classic works have appeared and new works have hit the shelves. Most of these are academic works and some of them are deservedly revered.
But Robert Griffiths’s new book for Manifesto Press deserves to be widely read, not just by students but throughout the left and the labour movement more widely.
Marx’s Das Kapital and Capitalism Today couples great clarity of exposition with an absolutely contemporary focus on what Marx’s great work tells us about our world. Das Kapital is explained in clear, simple language which does not shy away from the great controversies in Marxist thought.