...a Guardian Book of the Year. Enigma, by the geographer David Harvey, presents the reader with a jargon-free Marxist analysis of the current crisis of capital. To get a good idea of the book, I recommend watching this video of a lecture Harvey recently delivered. Some of the ideas explored in the lecture are explored with greater depth in the book.

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The main theme in Harvey's work is the limits of capitalism. What he often means by this (the limits of capital) is that the economic system, which generates a surplus for the purpose of extracting a profit, has not run of steam so much as places to absorb the source of profits—surplus. And what absorbs a surplus is always debt. This debt is the enigma and limit of capital.