New Book

Reading ‘Capital’ Today: Marx after 150 Years

12th Jul 2017


Reading ‘Capital’ Today

Marx after 150 Years

Edited by Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli


Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Marxian political economy and especially Marx’s great work Capital. 150 years after the book’s original publication, are there readings of Capital that can help us find new pathways to progressive or revolutionary change?


In this wide-ranging new volume, leading thinkers reflect on Capital’s legacy, its limitations and its continuing relevance for today, highlighting issues including ecology, gender, race, labour, communism, the ‘Third World’ and imperialism.


The contributors also aim to identify the connections between Capital and various socialist projects of the past, and draw lessons from those experiences that might contribute to the reinvention of socialist politics today.


Contributors include: Silvia Federici, Ingo Schmidt, Carlo Fanelli, William Pelz, Anej Korsika, Prabhat Patnaik, Paul Thompson, Chris Smith, Peter Gose, Justin Paulson, Jeff Noonan, Hannah Holleman and Peter Hudis.



Ingo Schmidt is academic coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University, Canada. His research focuses on international political economy and labour movements. His recent books include Rosa Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital (VSAVerlag, 2013) and The Three Worlds of Social Democracy (Pluto Press, 2015).


Carlo Fanelli teaches in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Canada. He is the author of Megacity Malaise: Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto, and editor of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research.



‘Reading ‘Capital’ Today addresses not only capital and labour, and early experiments in socialism, but also questions of gender, ecology, and imperialism. What we learn is that reading Marx’s Capital in the present as history can renew our vision of a more egalitarian world beyond capitalism: that of socialism in the twenty-first century.’

John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review


‘2017 is a good year for ‘rethinking revolution’ and the meaning of capitalism. This book celebrates and interrogates Marx’s Capital on its 150th anniversary for its meaning today, as the neoliberal counterrevolution mutates into ever more grotesque political and economic forms. For reading Marx in our time, Schmidt and Fanelli have gathered a series of vital interventions on some of the most important theoretical and political themes in Marx for the struggles that lie in front of us.’

Greg Albo, Political Science, York University



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