2.8 — The Marxist Challenge — Readings
Wednesday, October 1, 2020
Karl Marx & Das Kapital in Reader
Ch.6 “Karl Marx and His Critique of Classical Economics” in Landreth & Colander
Ch.6 in Blaug
- Allen (2009), “Engels’ Pause: Technical Change, Capital Accumulation, and Inequality in the British Industrial Revolution”
The following Wikipedia entries can also provide more background:
Questions to Help Your Reading
What are Marx’s motivations for his analysis?
How does Marx’s view of socialism differ from the “utopians” like Robert Godwin?
How much of Smith and Ricardo does Marx accept for his premises in economic analysis? Is Marx a classical economist?
What did Marx think of Malthusian population theory?
What is the difference between use value and surplus value?
What is the role of the capitalist in Marxian theory?
What is Marx’s theory of history? What is the dialetic? What is historical materialism? What are the means of production, modes of production, superstructure, and base?
What are the “laws of capitalism” and the contradictions of capitalism?