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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #234 - Classics of subversion: Carlo Cafiero "Abstract of Capital" (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:50:35 +0200


Among the classics of political literature that mark the libertarian communist current, we can not miss the Abstract of Capital Cafiero. This author was one of the first to break with the authoritarian communism while claiming the economic analysis of Marx, which makes him one of the first thinkers of our current policy. ---- Written in 1878, Abstract Capital reflects the desire extension of Marx's Capital, a work considered the best economic analysis of capitalism but as complex inaccessible. And Carlo Cafiero, close to Marx and Engels in the First International and Bakunin ally, was then set a goal to make it affordable Book I of Capital so it can be read by the workers class affected by the project revolutionary it.

This paradox of the revolutionary character of a speech or a book and its limited accessibility, which still exists in activist circles, is nevertheless not insurmountable. The Abstract of Capital is an example. Cafiero wanted to go beyond this difficulty to popularize the work that Bakunin considered " a death sentence, scientifically motivated and irrevocably pronounced against them not as individuals but against their class[the bourgeoisie]. "

The challenge is indeed managed to Carlo Cafiero: the Compendium contains 10 chapters of less than 10 pages, the style is fluid and thought embodied in specific examples to materialize concepts. The birth of the capital, the issue of accumulation through appreciation, salary and the division of labor, we find the bases of Marxist economics. Successive demonstrations are increasingly not devoid of humor, making the use of a second very pleasant reading level.

Simplifying the work does not in any way lose strength analysis. Marx considered himself as the Compendium of Cafiero was " a very good popular summary of his theory of surplus value. "

The Abstract of Capital is an excellent tool for political education that allows you to become familiar with Marxist economics and grasp of key concepts in the struggle for social and libertarian revolution.

Flo (AL Montpellier)

o Carlo Cafiero, Abégé Capital of Karl Marx. New revised and expanded edition, The 2013 Red Dog, 10 euros.
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