Summary - TST 36

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 36

Miguel MUÑOZ RUBIO

El papel del ferrocarril en la obra de Karl Marx. Una aproximación en el 150 aniversario de la publicación de El Capital


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Key Words: Karl Marx, marxist, transport, railway.


[ Abstract ]

This paper is intended to analyze the role played by the railway in Karl Marx’s work. To this end, we have studied his workbooks, his published works and correspondence. As a result of the research it can be pointed out that, during a first stage ranging from his joining to the Rheinische Zeitung until his arrival in England, his main contribution was the consideration of the railway as an engine of the transport revolution that made it possible the consolidation of capitalism. Marx also claimed that railways would form part of the public sector. What’s more, during his English stay, Marx studied the way in which railways, as one more component of the transport industry, do intervene in the production and circulation of capital.