Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey (Free Lectures)

David Harvey, an important social theorist and geographer, has got the right idea. Take what you know. Teach it in the classroom. Capture it on video. Then distribute it to the world. Keep it simple, but just do it.

In launching this new web site, Harvey is making available 26 hours of lectures, during which he gives a close reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital (1867). This work, often considered to be Marx’s masterpiece, is where he elaborated a critique of capitalism and laid the groundwork for an ideology that took the 20th century by storm (and then it disappeared in a fairly quick snap). Harvey is no stranger to this text. He has taught this class for over 40 years now, both in universities (Johns Hopkins and CUNY) and in the community as well.

The videos will be rolling out in stages. We have posted the first one below. (The first lecture actually starts about 6 minutes in. A short introduction precedes it). Generally, the videos can be accessed via Harvey’s web site, or via iTunes and RSS Feed. Also, we have placed the course in our collection of Free Online Courses, which keeps on growing. Find it under the “Economics” section.

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