Class 03 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» NEIL SMITH: So. Money makes the world go round they say. » DAVID HARVEY: Yes. It’s so fascinating- money. We all use it, we all worry about it, we all spend an enormous amount of our time getting it. But if you ask anybody the question: “What is money?”, Continue Reading

Class 10 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

We’ve spent a large chunk of time, and Marx has spent many pages, reflecting on the nature of surplus-value and the two kinds of surplus-value: ‘absolute’, which arises from extending the length of the working-day and ‘relative’, which arises out of increases in productivity which are given either by organizational Continue Reading

Religion as ritual – 60 Second Adventures in Religion (2/4)

Sixty second adventures in religion. Number two, religion as ritual. Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Xavier Comte was a French philosopher and one of the founders of sociology – who preferred to be known as ‘Auguste.’ He believed that society went through three stages – first, that primitive people thought things Continue Reading

Class 11 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» SMITH: It seems to me that Chapter Ten begins to raise the question of the historical context and the historical specificity of capitalism, around the working-day in Chapter Ten, but in the context of machinery, in the context of labor in the context of the relation to nature and Continue Reading

Class 02 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» NEIL SMITH: What I remember from those days is how textual the discussion was. And my sense from talking with students here is that while that’s still a core of what you’re trying to do with the book, that the way you’re teaching it has really evolved and changed Continue Reading

Class 08 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» Neil Smith: My recollection was that the Asian economic crisis, which is called an Asian economic crisis even though Russia and Brazil were the largest economies hammered by it, that [at] exactly that moment a lot of the discussion of Marx in those places dried out precisely because they Continue Reading

Class 05 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

(intro music) Okay, so, I thought we would maybe just start off this week with a résumé of the story so far and the paper I’ve handed out. But, I just want to go over it because I think it demonstrates the sort of interesting way in which Marx constructs Continue Reading

Class 13 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» SMITH: What’s very clear, I think, from the text is that, from that chapter onward the analysis becomes much more historical, rooting the dynamics, that he’s still working out analytically, it’s become an historical text already by chapter 25. The history now comes to abet the analysis after chapter Continue Reading

Class 09 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

So far in this rather long and fairly complicated chapter on machinery, I suggested you might want to keep in mind two things; one is those conceptual elements in the footnote which bring together in some kind of ensemble the idea of technology, relation to nature, the processes of production, Continue Reading

Class 06 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» NEIL SMITH: One of the striking things for me always about that chapter was the extraordinarily precise mathematical logic of it. I mean, it comes closest to a mathematical dialectic. And sometimes that ability and that way of working is why Marx gets tagged as in some ways as Continue Reading