“Capitalism, the infernal machine”: An interview with Fredric Jameson


Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

by Fredric Jameson
(Verso Books,
2011;
$31.00)

The literary critic and Marxist political theorist, Fredric Jameson, has written Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One, a book that revisits Karl Marx’s most important work, Capital.

On one level it may seem odd evaluating a book almost 150 years old. How much relevance and practical applicability could it have to the world we currently inhabit? Yet to overlook Capital — as is too often the case — is to miss its searing critique and keen insight.

It is not coincidental that it addresses key elements of the situation we find ourselves in today: how the rich got so rich, how the poor got so poor and how all the various fixes and proposed solutions are based on the illusion that capitalism can somehow be made to meet the needs of the majority…

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