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on September 17, 2013
This is a poorly done facsimile of the first volume only. I had to order the three Penguin Classics volumes to get what I needed to take part in a study group on these works. This was a really stupid choice.
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on February 3, 2016
Poor understanding of human nature.
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on January 6, 2001
If you are ever considering taking history classes in college, pray that you will never have to read this book. I would liken the experience to reading computer assembly intructions over and over. This is the kind of book that is so boring that the author is writing, "I know you are not reading this" by page 1,324. Das Kapital is monotonous, drags on far longer than it should, and it takes Marx pages and pages to express a single point that be expressed by a few sentences. It is as if an unfeeling robot wrote this book. Mein Kampf is the is the same type of book, yet at least it has some life to it and you don't have to force yourself to read it. Avoid having to read this book if you can!
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on April 30, 2000
Mr. Marx took himself far too seriously. If he was a real Marx he would have told a few jokes about fat ladies. Not a good book, however if you suffer from sleep deprovation this book will surely do the trick.
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on October 6, 2002
Marx got it all wrong. He derives his understanding of economics
not from the real world, but seemingly out of thin air. His first
real mistake come on page 3, when he asserts, without any good
reason, that use value can be completely omitted from his
derivation of exchange value. The Austrian school of economics,
exemplified by Ludwig vonMises and George Reisman, has shown that
use value can in fact be quantified, using a principle called
marginal utility. Not only can use value be quantified, but it
is the primary force in determining the market value of goods.
The second biggest problem seems to be his treatment of labor
as if it were some kind of substance. It may be simply a metaphor
on his part, but I get the feeling it isn't. Labor is an action,
not a substance intrinsically contained in commodities.
Some of his other mistakes, like his treatment of the source
of property rights, may be excusable considering the time period,
when most land could be traced to ownership by right of conquest,
but on the whole this book reads like sophistry for a hatered
and envy of producers, rather than a scholarly work of economics.
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