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Marx’s Critique Of Political Economy

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In January 1844, Marx wrote his "Comments on James Mill," in which he elaborated a somewhat moralistic critique of bourgeois society. Marx played with turning Hegelian ideas against themselves, while exploring the implications of private property, inequality of wealth, credit and particularly exchange of commodities, on the quality of human relationships. This was at the very beginning of the development of his communist ideas, but even here one can see elements of the critique of political economy which Friedrich Engels was still knocking into shape 50 years later. Marx began his defining and most famous work, "Capital," with the commodity relation. It took 20 years of critical study of political economy and philosophy, and an unremitting determination to resolve what "the human mind has for more than 2,000 years sought in vain to get to the bottom of"..

Keywords: commodity relation; Hegel; Marx; political economy

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