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Reading Marx’s Capital

Video: The Crisis of Planetary Urbanization

The Crisis of Planetary Urbanization
Curitiba, Brazil
November 18th 2014

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In his most recent trip to Brazil, David Harvey talks about the urban protests dubbed “middle class revolts” that have been taking place all over the world, from São Paulo to Istanbul, against the backdrop of what he calls the “crisis of planetary urbanization”.

v2coverThis lecture took place in Curitiba, Brazil on November 18th 2014, during a series of talks entitled “The Political Economy Of Urbanization”, marking the publishing of the second volume of his Companion to Marx’s Capital, by Boitempo. This trip took him also to the cities of Brasília, Recife, Fortaleza and São Paulo. The lectures also celebrated the publishing of Boitempo’s new edition of Volume II of Marx’s Capital – the first edition revised and expanded according to the documents of the MEGA2 project. Recently, Boitempo’s edition of Volume I of Capital was awarded the Jabuti Prize for translation – the most important prize in the brazilian publishing world. All of professor Harvey’s lectures were recorded and are being published on Boitempo’s channel on YouTube.

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Video: The Right to the City and Urban Resistance

The Right to the City and Urban Resistance
Fortaleza, Brazil
November 17th 2014

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David Harvey’s biggest lecture yet! Commenting on the connections underlying the many grassroots resistance experiences drawn from social movements, and the dynamics of capitalism theorized by Marx, David Harvey discusses some of the more pressing issues of our time such as the relationship between capital and politics, urban social movements and democracy.

v2coverThis lecture took place in Fortaleza on November 17th 2014, during a series of talks entitled “The Political Economy Of Urbanization,” marking the publishing of the second volume of his Companion to Marx’s Capital, by Boitempo. This trip took him also to the cities of Brasília, Recife, Fortaleza and São Paulo. The lectures also celebrated the publishing of Boitempo’s new edition of Volume II of Marx’s Capital – the first edition revised and expanded according to the documents of the MEGA2 project. Recently, Boitempo’s edition of Volume I of Capital was awarded the Jabuti Prize for translation – the most important prize in the brazilian publishing world. All of professor Harvey’s lectures were recorded and are being published on Boitempo’s channel on YouTube.

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Video: ‘David Harvey on Karl Marx’ in Amsterdam

David Harvey on Karl Marx
Hosted by De Balie in cooperation with IISG
October 9, 2014
Amsterdam

Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital

David Harvey

Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of wealth and income. He also documents in excruciating and hard to rebut detail how social inequality of both wealth and income has evolved over the last two centuries, with particular emphasis on the role of wealth. He demolishes the widely-held view that free market capitalism spreads the wealth around and that it is the great bulwark for the defense of individual liberties and freedoms. Free-market capitalism, in the absence of any major redistributive interventions on the part of the state, Piketty shows, produces anti-democratic oligarchies. This demonstration has given sustenance to liberal outrage as it drives the Wall Street Journal apoplectic.

The book has often been presented as a twenty-first century substitute for Karl Marx’s nineteenth century work of the same title. Piketty actually denies this was his intention, which is just as well since his is not a book about capital at all. It does not tell us why the crash of 2008 occurred and why it is taking so long for so many people to get out from under the dual burdens of prolonged unemployment and millions of houses lost to foreclosure. It does not help us understand why growth is currently so sluggish in the US as opposed to China and why Europe is locked down in a politics of austerity and an economy of stagnation. What Piketty does show statistically (and we should be indebted to him and his colleagues for this) is that capital has tended throughout its history to produce ever-greater levels of inequality. This is, for many of us, hardly news. It was, moreover, exactly Marx’s theoretical conclusion in Volume One of his version of Capital. Piketty fails to note this, which is not surprising since he has since claimed, in the face of accusations in the right wing press that he is a Marxist in disguise, not to have read Marx’s Capital.
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Reading Marx’s Capital Vol 2 – Class 12, Reprise

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Reading Marx’s Capital Vol 2 – Class 11, Vol 2 Chapters 20-21

Capital, Volume 2

Part Three: The Reproduction and Circulation of the Total Social Capital (Reproduction Schema)

Chapter 20: Simple Reproduction
Chapter 21: Accumulation and Reproduction on an Expanded Scale

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Handout Class 11.


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Reading Marx’s Capital Vol 2 – Class 10, Vol 2 Chapters 18-20

Capital, Volume 2

Part Three: The Reproduction and Circulation of the Total Social Capital (Reproduction Schema)

Chapter 18: Introduction
Chapter 19: Former Presentations of the Subject
Chapter 20: Simple Reproduction (Sections 1-5)

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Handout Class 10 A, Handout Class 10 B, Handout Class 10 C


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Reading Marx’s Capital Vol 2 – Class 9, Vol 2 Chapters 15-17

Capital, Volume 2

Chapter 15: Effect of Circulation Time on the Magnitude of the Capital Advanced
Chapter 16: The Turnover of Variable Capital
Chapter 17: The Circulation of Surplus Value

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Marxs_Capital-Vol-2 These lectures were the inspiration for the book: A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Volume 2 published by Verso in 2013.


© 2013 David Harvey

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Reading Marx’s Capital Vol 2 – Class 8, Vol 2 Chapters 12-14

Capital, Volume 2

Chapter 12: The Working Period
Chapter 13: Production Time
Chapter 14: Circulation Time

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Handout Class 8


Marxs_Capital-Vol-2 These lectures were the inspiration for the book: A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Volume 2 published by Verso in 2013.


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Video: Marx’s Method in Capital – David Harvey & Alex Callinicos at Marxism 2012

Marx’s Method in Capital
David Harvey & Alex Callinicos
Marxism 2012 Conference
London | July 2012

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