Invisible Leviathan (Paperback)

Marx's Law of Value in the Twilight of Capitalism (Historical Materialism)

By Murray E. G. Smith

Haymarket Books, 9781642590456, 370pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

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In this updated and expanded edition of Invisible Leviathan, Murray E.G. Smith critically explores and makes significant contributions to the debate surrounding Karl Marx's 'capitalist law of value' and its corollary, the law of the falling rate of profit. A powerful case is presented that capitalism has exhausted its potential to contribute to human progress. Humanity confronts a fateful choice: to allow this obsolescent system--which necessarily measures 'wealth' in terms of 'abstract social labour' and money profit--to destroy human civilisation; or to make the leap toward a global, egalitarian-socialist society in which the satisfaction of human need is the starting-point and the all-round development of each and every human individual the goal of the socio-economic life process.

First published in 1994 as Invisible Leviathan: The Marxist Critique of Market Despotism Beyond Postmodernism by University of Toronto Press. This second and revised edition includes a new Foreword by Michael Roberts, and a Preface to the Second Edition.

About the Author

Murray E.G. Smith is Professor of Sociology at Brock University, Canada. His previous books include Culture of Prejudice (University of Toronto Press, 2007), Global Capitalism in Crisis(Fernwood, 2010), and Marxist Phoenix (Canadian Scholars Press, 2014).