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Short review: Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey

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Short review: Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey

An overview of Marxist thought works as both introduction and contemporary critique

At the age of 81 David Harvey shows no signs of slowing down; the anthropologist and Marxist geographer’s prolific output has ensured his status as one of the most cited academics.

His latest book works on two levels. It is, first, a superior overview of Marx’s system of thought, very readable but by no means dumbed-down. Second, it applies that system to the current climate of economic and political uncertainty, in the process shedding light on problems old and new.

Harvey’s explanations are often inspired, using the hydrological cycle as an analogy for the movement of capital through a system, “in different forms and states at different rates”. An informative work for those familiar and unfamiliar — there is something for both.

Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason, by David Harvey, Profile, RRP£14.99, 256 pages

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