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March Against Marx - Part 2

I have no intention of committing silly straw man attacks when I dispute the claims of the Big Man, so I'm going to link to eight important Marxist sources that will inform my understanding of Marxian economics. The ninth and tenth sources are where I'll be getting several of my criticisms from.

Karl Marx was better read as a teenager than I am now, and by the time he'd finished Capital Volume III was an intellectual force of nature. This means my critique must build on the work of economists past and present to have any hope of making a persuasive case.

Also, one vital point. I am not going to debunk Karl Marx's economics. To truly debunk it I would have to demonstrate its total wrongness or non-even-wrongness and either of those ends is beyond my abilities, and probably anybody's. Rather my contention will be that Marxian economics is less good as a way to analyse consumption, distribution and production than Austrian, New Classical & New Institutional economics.

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Of course we have to have the four main econ volumes from the Big Man himself, Capital Vols I-III and The Value Form, because we need to see Marx's calculations at source to critique them fairly. [1][2][3][4]

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Two blogs are going to be very important, Kapitalism 101 in favour of Marxian econ and Social Democracy in the 21st Century against. [8][9]

Finally, one big source is that doorstop of a macroeconomics text by Daron Acemoglu called Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. [10]

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[1] Capital Volume I by Karl Marx from

[2] Capital Volume II " "

[3] Capital Volume III " "

[4] The Value Form by Karl Marx from

[5] The Marxist Theory of Value by TheFinnishBolshevik on Youtube

[6] The Labour Theory of Value by drgerke on Youtube

[7] Econ 305 Marxian Economics Lectures on Youtube

[8] Kapitalism 101 blog maintained by Brendon M Cooney

[9] Social Democracy in the 21st Century blog maintained by LK

[10] Introduction to modern Economic Growth by Daron Acemoglu

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