The Revolutionary Dead: Karl Marx (part 2)

GODS & RADICALS

This is the second part in a series devoted to the ancestors of revolution.  The first part of this installment on Karl Marx is here.

When many think of economics, they might mostly think of the stark social-science full of numbers and quantities, figures and charts describing how much a product is worth, how much it costs to make something, how many workers are required to run a business, or how much profit can be derived from something.

That’s certainly what economics looks like now, less a social science and more a statistical description of esoteric processes in which we find ourselves mere abstracted numbers.   But that’s hardly Marx’s economics.

As mentioned in my last essay, Marx noticed that none of the resistance movements to capitalism quite seemed to understand how the system worked.  Already, people were making charts and graphs, crunching numbers to maximise profit and minimise cost–in…

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