With the third lecture up on YouTube and gathering views, my mind naturally has turned to Lecture Four. There will however be a one week hiatus, because early tomorrow I fly to the west coast for a gathering of my entire extended family: my big sister Barbara, my two sons Patrick and Tobias, my daughter-in-law Diana, and my two grandchildren Samuel and Athena. I return late Monday, so the next lecture on Marx will be on February 26th. This gives me time to mull over a fundamental problem I face for which there is no natural solution.
As I indicated at the end of Lecture Three, I will now turn to Capital itself, and my first task is to answer the complex and deeply important question: Why did Marx write that way? I have, I believe, an entirely new and important answer, in the explication of which I must engage in a literary critical analysis of the opening chapters of the book. Not a problem, you may say. But I have no reason to believe that either the twenty or so people in the room or the many more viewers in the Cloud have ever read Volume I of Capital. Imagine carrying out a deep literary analysis of The Brothers Karamazov or Moby Dick for an audience that has never read the book!
I can read passages aloud, of course, but there is a limit to how much of that people will put up with. What to do? I am struggling with the answer, and in a week and a half you will be able to see whether I have handled this problem.
Now I must stop blogging, because it is time for me to sign in exactly twenty-four hours before my flight with Southwest to get my number in the boarding queue.