Das Kapital(Marx)1867

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Das Kapital(Marx)1867 3

One of the seminal works of the 19th century. This work had tremendous influence on the social sciences. Marx took Hegel and "stood him on his head" producing a historical theory that was quite different than anything that came before. The effect on economics was rivaled only by Adam Smith's work nearly a century earlier. It was one of the major works of sociology (Marx was one of the "big three" founders of sociology along with Durkheim and Weber) and the basis of conflict theory. And, of course, it had quite an impact on political science.

However, Marx missed the boat. His "revolutions" occurred in mainly agrarian societies; the Western industrial states put enough social programs in place to placate the workers and avoid problems. There is also the matter of peak oil. Without the cheap energy derived from fossil fuels, industrialization on the scale Marx envisioned won't happen. Marx's theories relied on a continuous and inexhaustible supply of fossil fuel to work, and that just ain't gonna happen. In other words, capitalism is doomed to failure, but not for the reasons Marx outlined.

The books (three volumes) are not easy to read, since Marx wrote in the pedantic prose typical of the nineteenth century German. I couldn't even read the second book at all. Probably few can. But it is a fascinating book. As far as its being harmful, well, it's not nearly as harmful as the New Testament or the Qur'an.

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GenghisTheHun
05/31/2007

Das Kapital(Marx)1867 5

The world is divided into two parts. The first part knows that man is a savage animal and as the Christians note, a fallen person.

The second part is those who believe that man is inherently good and you just have to give humanity its free reign and everything is going to be fine.

The Marxists are in the second part. Reality is in the first part.

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ILikePie
05/31/2007

Das Kapital(Marx)1867 5

The ideals of Marx weren't really 'harmless', as one of the stages of his plan was a bloody revolution. It was "necessary"... I think Marx had the best intentions in mind, but the ideals were somewhat naive (as they were 'ideals', I suppose...), but the implementation of this, and the Communist/Bolshevik manipulation of these plans were most destructive, and extremely harmful, on a 'millions dead' scale...

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numbah16tdhaha
03/04/2007

Das Kapital(Marx)1867 3

The ideas in this book are not nearly as harmful as the way in which they were misused.

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Djahuti
05/23/2006

Das Kapital(Marx)1867 1

No book is "harmful" to anyone,unless you are LITERALLY hit in the head with a Hardcover of it.(Pun intended)

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Drummond
12/27/2005

Das Kapital(Marx)1867 1

It's hardly a manifesto, and actually contains much of value to scholars about the consequences of the condensation of capital and the declining rate of profit. Perhaps you're thinking about the Communist Manifesto, much more widely read.

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