Against the Grain

Marx and Freedom

What does Karl Marx’s masterwork Capital have in common with Dante’s Inferno? And more importantly, what can the book — which was partly written in debate with the socialist movements of its time — teach us today? William Clare Roberts reflects on Capital, Marx, and the importance of the idea of freedom for him.


William Clare Roberts, Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital Princeton University Press, 2016

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