Welcome to my series on Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx. We'll go through the book in its entirety, with a highlight reel that covers each part of Volume 1. I will be working off of the Penguin Classics 1990 print edition because reading anything longer than an article on a screen hurts me as a person. If I reference page numbers, it’ll be to that. But there are online places to follow along for free (hey we’ve found something that doesn’t cost money!) here and here. Since this is the introduction, it might be helpful to answer:
Why Marx? Why Volume I?
Some folks seem to think of Marx as an authority. Maybe they don’t usually say that out loud, but they act like it’s true in other ways: maybe disagreements get settled by arguing about which person’s point sounds more like something Marx would say, or maybe quotes from shit he’s written about get used to decide what we’re going to do or talk about in the first place.