Any prerequisites for reading Marx?

Aiden Clark
Aiden Clark

Does anybody recommend any prior reading material to Marx? I started reading Grundrisse and I had to give up after the second section or so because it was a bit rough for me. I couldn't understand any of what he was talking about. My brain was just about melting. Anything at all would help. Thanks.

All urls found in this thread:
http://www.lacan.com/zizek-inquiry1.html
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bukharin/works/1920/abc/
https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/mehring/1893/histmat/index.htm
https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/plekhanov/1893/essays/index.html
https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/plekhanov/xx/dialectic.htm
https://marxists.catbull.com/reference/archive/hegel/works/ph/phba.htm
https://marxists.catbull.com/reference/archive/hegel/works/hl/hlintro.htm#HL1_43
Logan Diaz
Logan Diaz

Read the most basic of his books. It is good if you have a background on the philosophers he was influenced by, like Hegel, but this is not a prerequisite as much as it is a bonus.

Joseph Stewart
Joseph Stewart

What would be the most basic one?

Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson

Read Lenin

Dylan Gutierrez
Dylan Gutierrez

I'd say this one has its merits, but I couldn't really tell you since I have not gotten to Grundrisse yet.

Easton Ramirez
Easton Ramirez

It is impossible to understand Marx without fully reading all of Hegel's essential works.

In fact, the Hegelian dialectic proved Marxism to be obsolete. So ignore Marx and stick with Hegel, you'll thank me later.

Tyler Cruz
Tyler Cruz

Try Michael Heinrich's introduction to three volumes of das Kapital. He goes out of his way to water it down and at the same time emphasize the big parts with letters by Marx and references to other works. It should be a fast read then you can continue with the list posted above. Skip his shit about the falling rate of profit though, it's just memes.

Thomas Cooper
Thomas Cooper

Oh, shit! I was reading what was on the advanced section. No fucking wonder. Thanks, user.
Thanks, Ill check him out.
Thanks. I'd be open to reading Stirner actually since I identify as an anarchist. I just am really impressed by Zizek and he's influenced by Marx.

Parker Parker
Parker Parker

http://www.lacan.com/zizek-inquiry1.html
This is demigod

Gavin Long
Gavin Long

Thanks.

Jaxon Hernandez
Jaxon Hernandez

Is Zizek influenced by accelerationism?

Brayden Flores
Brayden Flores

He's all over the fuckin place. I thought his book where he lays out his principal theory about ideology was really fucking awesome. The rest is like the shit I posted, shower fantasies about Focky fistfucking some lewd boi in an Uppsala alley.

Samuel Rogers
Samuel Rogers

The ABC of Communism
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bukharin/works/1920/abc/

Christopher Wright
Christopher Wright

Is it bad that I just jumped right into Capital?
Should I put it to the side and read some of the more basic works first?
I don't believe I'm having any real difficulties understanding it.

William Moore
William Moore

What do you think, do you think I should stick with Zizek without reading Marx, or should I go ahead with Marx? I probably would still try to read Marx's easier stuff though.

Sebastian Howard
Sebastian Howard

You should probably tell everyone that you're not me. It can get kind of confusing. I'm the OP.

Liam Bennett
Liam Bennett

I think you should get a copy of Heinrichs book off the internet or the nearest library. Afterwards you can decide for yourself how much you need to dip into various ideological schools/flavors of differnet writings of Marx. I highly recommend again that you start with Michael Heinrich, he gives you a really nice base of knowledge and goes out of his way to translate Marx way of writing.

Liam Morris
Liam Morris

Thanks. I will do.

Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

I already got a copy off of google. Thanks.

Matthew Rodriguez
Matthew Rodriguez

Depends on what you plan on reading. Communist Manifesto is pretty entry level, Critique of the Gotha Program is also pretty easy. For other heavier stuff I would definitely recommend Adam Smith and Hegel. Rousseau is also helpful since Marxism has its root in many of his ideas but I wouldn't call them necessary.

Brody Peterson
Brody Peterson

No.

Adam Gonzalez
Adam Gonzalez

read the manga

it's good

Logan Hernandez
Logan Hernandez

forget the image

Xavier Bailey
Xavier Bailey

Hegel, and before Hegel read up on passing of metaphysics and rise of dialectics.

Angel Thompson
Angel Thompson

Honestly I got a lot out of reading Plekhanov and Mehring's essays on Materialism when I was starting

Plekhanov is also responsible for a lot of Marx-ism (misunderstanding dialectic, but it might be good training wheels so to speak)

https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/mehring/1893/histmat/index.htm

https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/plekhanov/1893/essays/index.html

https://marxists.catbull.com/archive/plekhanov/xx/dialectic.htm

people here will tell you that Hegel nor Marx ever laid out 'laws of the dialectic' and if there is any such law it is 'immanent critique' rather than Engel's three.

That's why it's important to read some Hegel too.

You could read Kautsky to get the gist of the German Social-Democratic program which is historically important too. They were really supposed to be "Marxist" but Kautsky contributed in his own way to the formation of Marx-ism.

Here's some Hegel
https://marxists.catbull.com/reference/archive/hegel/works/ph/phba.htm
Master Slave dialectic

https://marxists.catbull.com/reference/archive/hegel/works/hl/hlintro.htm#HL1_43
Intro to Logic with Lenin's highlights

also maybe understand the gist of Feuerbach's Essence of Christianity (man's alienated species-essence)

Josiah Taylor
Josiah Taylor

Thanks. I bookmarked all of those.

Jose Phillips
Jose Phillips

fuck what everyone here says, read this book. seriously, if you haven't read marx first hand read this book, it covers all of his basic ideas in plain written English explained by a Marxist political theorist with a PhD from the Sorbonne. I read this and it clarified all the basic questions I had when I was getting into Marxism.

Isaac Ward
Isaac Ward

Do you happen to have a pdf of it that you could share? If not I might be able to find it online.

Jacob Lopez
Jacob Lopez

Forget Hegel if your goal is to understand Marx. Other people explain dialectics far more clearly than Hegel did and in hundreds fewer pages. It is helpful to understand dialectics before reading Capital, but reading it is going to be difficult either way. Intoductory books make for great lead-ins.

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith

Thanks.

Caleb Butler
Caleb Butler

Never mind. I found it.

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