An Introduction to Marxist Economics

Hadas Thier

Haymarket Books (Summer 2020)

Trade Paper • ISBN-13:9781642591699 • US $20.00• 6 in x 9 in • 300 pgs.


Pundits, politicians, and other enlightened commentators regularly tell us that Capitalism is the greatest economic system ever to grace the planet. With the same breath they sing its praises and implore the lay observers to leave the job of understanding the magical powers of the market to the “experts” and professionals.

Yet, despite the efforts of these mainstream economists and their boosters, increasing numbers of people have begun to question why the system has produced such vast inequality and wanton disregard for its own environmental destruction. Answering these questions requires a radical theory of economics.

A Reader’s Guide to Capitalism offers exactly that in the form of an accessible, engaging, and refreshingly enraged introduction to how capitalism works, or rather doesn’t work for the vast majority of the world’s population. Drawing upon the ideas of Karl Marx, this book provides invaluable critical tools for activists who want to understand and dismantle the world of the 1%—a world that exploits, disenfranchises, oppresses, and dispossesses the many for the sake of the few.

Where conventional analysts see economics as numbers ticking off stock values and growth rates, A Reader’s Guide to Capitalism stirringly reminds us that the workings and failures of the economy are fundamentally about human beings, and should thus be of interest to everyone.


Hadas Thier is an activist, writer, and socialist, and in her spare time, an amateur paleontologist (aka mom to a toddler).


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