Reading Capital to Smash Capitalism


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2024

Language: English

134 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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In Capital, Marx provides a theory of the enduring contradictions of capitalism. Marx’s identification of the structure of capitalism, and the method by which he uncovered that structure, provide us with a guide to seek our own precise assessment of the structures of exploitation and oppression in our own time. A scientific attitude must govern our exploration of why social inequality is reproduced routinely in our world.

It is clear that the capitalist system lurches from one crisis to another. The bourgeois order is more concerned to save the capitalist system than to save humanity. Marxists need to understand precisely the nature of the crisis and see within the world as it is what elements there are to carry us forward into the world that is to be built.

A reading of Capital – and an understanding of the socialist tradition – requires that we develop a sober assessment of the subjective limitations of our political forces. To develop strategies to build the independent strength of the working class and the peasantry remains a key task of our time, as it was in Marx’s time, another long period of counter-revolution. The authors of this volume have tried to explain Capital’s concepts as clearly as possible and to offer a summary that should provoke discussion and debate.

This book encourages us to lift the cap from off our eyes, to read Marx’s Capital, and to join others in building the movement that is necessary both to save humanity from self-destruction and to advance humanity to a socialist future.


Chris Caruso

Chris Caruso teaches at the City College of New York. He is a popular educator, community organiser, and educational technologist. He produced David Harvey’s online Capital courses and co-edited David Harvey’s Anti-Capitalist Chronicles (2020).

E. Ahmet Tonak

E. Ahmet Tonak is a Research Affiliate at Smith College and teaches at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). From 2018 to 2024, he was an economist at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. His most recent book (written with Sungur Savran) is In the Tracks of Marx’s Capital: Debates in Marxian Political Economy and Lessons for 21st Century Capitalism.

Emiliano López

Emiliano López is the coordinator of the Buenos Aires office of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is a CONICET researcher at IdiHCS and a professor of Economics at the Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

OlÍvia Carolino Pires

OlÍvia Carolino Pires works for the federal government in Brazil. She co-ordinates the Brazil Popular Project and the National Directorate of the Popular Brazil Movement. Olivia teaches at the Florestan Fernandes National School and the Paulo Freire National School. She was the research coordinator at the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research from 2019 to 2023.

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, and editor at LeftWord Books. He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017). Previously, he was the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, from 1996 to 2017.