Marx's Capital as Organizing Tool

Schmidt, Ingo

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23441

A guide to how the left could use Marx's Capital as a text for organizing.



If activists from different movements read Capital together, they could find out that, though mobilizing around different issues, they are up against the same exploitative and oppressive system that, going through boom-and-bust cycles and recurrent reorganizations of labor processes, produces all sorts of hardships for those people it exploits, but also for those it excludes from exploitation.

Movements aiming to ease or overcome these hardships are objectively connected – by the circuits of capital accumulation. As Capital explains these circuits in their most general forms, it can help activists to situate their specific struggles in the larger picture of the capitalist system, and also allow them to see where other movements fit in.

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