Capitalism, class and class struggle for (ex) dummies

Capitalism, class and class struggle for (ex) dummies

A brief introduction to capitalism, class, and class struggle. Downloadable, ready-to-print PDF adapted from's introductions. Includes graphics.

*a section on unwaged work has been added.

Original texts can be found here:'s introduction to Capitalism's introduction to class and class struggle

Capitalism_ex-dummies_updated.pdf2.72 MB
Capitalism_ex-dummies_web.pdf1.84 MB

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Oct 27 2011 09:17



Oct 27 2011 11:35

I just noticed a typo from the original: people who resisted imposition of wage labour suffering "deprecation" as opposed to "deportation". Sorry about that!

But thanks for doing this, it looks great. Any chance of doing an alternate version with the pages in consecutive order, for online reading and uploading that here as well?

Many thanks Jared!

T La Palli
Oct 27 2011 13:44

I think this is really good. Would be good in print, perhaps with a couple more sections as 8 pages would make it a bit thin to sell.

Oct 27 2011 14:05

Yeah, we're still working on other sections.. so far we've only got the intro to direct action as well.. planning one on unions soon!

Oct 27 2011 18:47

@ Steven: gutted I missed that too! I'll change and reload? And happy to work with people to add sections in the future. Just PM me.

Oct 27 2011 22:21

Eagerly waiting for the typo to be fixed so I can print some out. Really nice work!

Oct 27 2011 23:58

Just edited it and have uploaded. Waiting on the mods to ok it, then it's good to go. Will do a web one also.

Oct 28 2011 00:19

Cool, and I've added the web version now too (A4)

Oct 28 2011 08:44


Mar 10 2012 18:37

there is a sentence (in bold) in the introduction saying

In a world where everything is for sale, we all need something to sell in order to buy the things we need. Those of us with nothing to sell except our ability to work have to sell this ability to those who own the factories, offices, etc. And of course, the things we produce at work aren't ours, they belong to our bosses.

Furthermore, because of long hours, productivity improvements etc, we produce
much more than necessary to keep us going as workers.
The wages we get roughly match the cost of the products necessary to keep us alive and able to work each day (which is why, at the end of each month, our bank balance rarely looks that different to the month before). The difference between the wages we are paid and the value we create is how capital is accumulated, or profit is made.

which sounds odd. What does it mean?

We prepare a Slovak version of the text and have a hard time translating it so that it makes sense in the whole context of the paragraphs. Thanks for help in advance.

Mar 10 2012 18:45

Basically it is saying that we produce more in a day than is needed to reproduce our labour (i.e. stay alive and able to come to work again the next day).

You see what we mean? Thanks for translating this, please let us know when it is done!

Mar 10 2012 19:22

yes, that is clear from all the other sentences except the one in bold;) anyway, thanks for clarification. the text will be published within a month I guess.

Mar 25 2012 19:02


there is a typo in the last sentence on the back cover - accumilation.

also, it sounds as though you are saying "how to struggle against working class", not capitalism, since the last noun before "it" is "the working class".

nice brochure. hopefully, Slovak translation will be put online sometime next week smile

Apr 8 2012 13:37

Slovak translation:

Apr 5 2012 21:11

Hey, would you be able to post that up here in our library in our Slovak language section? With the title and an introductory paragraph translated?

Apr 5 2012 21:26

can try;) but later, perhaps also with some other publications

Apr 5 2012 23:02
MT wrote:
can try;) but later, perhaps also with some other publications

that would be great, we would really appreciate it!