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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 September 2013
Book review: Capital - in Manga!
'Capital - in Manga!' is a Japanese style illustrated story about a cheese-maker, Robin, who sets up a factory with a loan from a financial speculator.
The story shows Robin's conflict of morality between making profit to pay back the loan and the exploitation of his workers.
As it follows other characters, it shows different perspectives of class struggle and its effects on different layers of society.
One character is a worker who begins to understand the exploitation. The book shows attempts to fight back against the system.
But another character, Robin's childhood friend, is forced into prostitution to support her family.
The book's main purpose is as an introduction to some key concepts in volume 1 of Karl Marx's Capital.
The basic terminology is explained as different concepts are explained to Robin by those around him.
It begins by explaining the process of capitalist production, the concept of value and the sale and purchase of labour power and how this inevitably leads to exploitation of the working class, who will then in turn fight against the system that exploits them.
While having nowhere near the same detail as Capital, Capital - in Manga! is a less daunting introduction to some of Marx's theories.
It is worth reading as a prelude to Capital or just as a good story illustrating some of capitalism's fundamental flaws and the resulting struggles.
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In The Socialist 11 September 2013:
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Let's organise an autumn of action against austerity
NSSN rally calls for mass action to stop the cuts
Disaffiliate from pro-capitalist Labour
Teaching unions prepare for campaign of autumn strikes
TUC congress dominated by questions of joint action and links to Labour Party
Save our NHS!
The government's Alice in Wongaland recovery
Zero faith in Labour on zero-hours
Their homes ... & Ours
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Bolton victory shows we can beat the bedroom tax
Large counter-demo against racist EDL
Merseyside People's Assembly - A lost opportunity
Reinvigorate the student movement: Protest, occupy, strike for our education
International socialist news and analysis
Chile 1973: The other '9/11'
Obama's drums of war fail to win support for Syria strike
Socialist Party workplace news
Housing workers strike again
Yorkshire Ambulance: The battle against union derecognition
POA members hold meeting outside HMP Leeds
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reviews
Art review: The vanity of small differences
TV review: Failed by the privatising NHS
Book review: Capital - in Manga!
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