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Karl Marx


L’attualità del Capitale. Accumulazione e impoverimento nel capitalismo globale.
Il Poligrafo, Padova, 2010

pp. 406, euro 27.00
ISBN 978-88-7115-686-6

The Actuality of Marx’s Capital: Accumulation and Impoverishment in Global Capitalism

Marx’s Capital influenced the intellectual and political debate of the last two centuries as few other works have done, and was also the object of innumerable attempts at refutation. One of the most common criticisms is that this work is valid only insofar as it is concerned with the first stages of ‘wild’ capitalist development in England and has been falsified by the evolution of mature capitalism in the West.

This book considers the contemporary relevance of Marx’s Capital, reading it in the light of his writings on colonialism – a large quantity of letters and articles on Ireland, India, China, Russia and the US – and shows that it examined capitalism, already in its first ‘English form’, as an ever-expanding international system that included a ‘centre’ and a ‘periphery’. This system is very similar to the one of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose laws of development – the law of progressive impoverishment of the working class in particular – must be understood not in a national or European context, but in relation to the capitalism’s process of worldwide expansion.

Only by analysing the antagonism between capital and wage labour on a global scale can we identify both the internal contradictions of the last phase of capitalist ‘globalisation’ and the causes of the recent economic crisis. These processes highlight the extraordinary power of anticipation of Marx’s Capital both with regard to its analysis and with regard to its perspectives of struggle and social emancipation.

Lucia Pradella studied philosophy and social sciences in Venice, Berlin and London. She is PhD student at the University of Naples Federico II and at Paris X Nanterre, and Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Training and Research on Immigration at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. She contributed to the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA), and she’s currently researching Marx and ‘globalisation’ using this edition.–Accumulazione-e-impoverimento-nel-capitalismo-globale/Pradella–Lucia/Il-Poligrafo.html

— Il capitale di Marx ha influenzato come poche altre opere il dibattito intellettuale e politico degli ultimi due secoli ed è stato anche oggetto di innumerevoli tentativi di confutazione. Uno dei più frequenti vuole che si tratti di un’opera valida perlopiù per l’industrialismo britannico selvaggio dei primordi, smentita in pieno dal capitalismo maturo in Occidente.

Questo saggio riconsidera l’attualità del Capitale attraverso un primo sistematico confronto con gli scritti sul colonialismo di Marx e Engels – una grande quantità di articoli e lettere su paesi come Russia, Cina, India, Irlanda, Stati Uniti – e dimostra come, già nella sua prima “forma britannica”, il capitalismo fosse un sistema mondiale e polarizzante, composto da un centro e dalle sue periferie. Un sistema molto simile a quello del XX e del XXI secolo, le cui leggi generali – a partire da quella del progressivo impoverimento della classe lavoratrice – non sono limitate alla dimensione europea ma sono da riferirsi al processo della sua espansione mondiale.

Solo ripercorrendo l’antagonismo fondamentale tra capitale e lavoro salariato è possibile individuare le contraddizioni interne dell’ultima fase della mondializzazione capitalistica e le cause della recente crisi economica: processi che rivelano la straordinaria forza anticipatrice del Capitale sia per l’analisi che per le prospettive di lotta e di emancipazione sociale.

Lucia Pradella ha studiato filosofia e scienze sociali a Venezia, Berlino e Londra. È dottoranda in Scienze Filosofiche all’Università di Napoli Federico II e a Paris X Nanterre, e research assistant presso il Laboratorio sull’immigrazione e le trasformazioni sociali dell’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. Ha contribuito all’edizione storico-critica delle opere di Marx e Engels, la Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA), e attualmente svolge una ricerca su Marx e la mondializzazione sulla base di questa edizione.

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Signs of Revolt – Creative Resistance and Social Movements since Seattle

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10 years ago, in November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation. In the process they sparked a Movement of Movements right across the globe its slogan became ‘Another World is Possible’.

This November exactly 10 years from that momentous demonstration, and with most of the predictions of the movements rapidly coming true what with the crisis of the economy, a permanent state of war and the collapse of our eco-system wrecking lives across the planet, the rich and powerful meet again in Copenhagen to discuss the next Climate treaty after Kyoto, yet again activists are preparing to challenge the idea that the Market can solve the problems of the world, and take another step toward that possible world after Capitalism.

Signs of Revolt is an exhibition that weaves together the story of the past decades social movements, drawing out the influences and connections between and across the movements against Capitalism, War and Climate Change. Using archive material and documentary photography and video from movement photographers and filmmakers, it reveals the story of how we got from Seattle to Copenhagen.

Interspersed in this narrative are works by artist and designer activists and collectives, produced during, within and for the movements, this is the first time such a collection has been brought together in the UK and it will be a chance to reflect upon and celebrate the new creative impulses that the movements spawned and the possibilities for developing the creative capacity of future movements, these issues will also be discussed in greater depth during a series of talks during the exhibition.

As Capitalism threatens our very existence, Signs of Revolt defiantly maps out possible routes to a future filled with hope…

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