On this 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s entry into the world there have been a lot of summings up. Inspired by Brad DeLong, who posted slides from his lectures on Marx and Marxism, here are mine in the form of two Google Doc files, Historical Materialism and Marxist Economics. They were the basis of a pair of lectures I gave last winter. If it seems like there are way too many of them it’s because a lecture period at Evergreen can run as long as three hours.*
*Yes, I know students aren’t supposed to retain much after about 20 minutes, but I break up the lectures into chunks, classes are small, and we have lots of discussion. That could just be my ideology speaking, of course.