On Line Sources for Marxian Texts
jinigo at inscri.org.ar
Wed Feb 8 20:32:18 MST 1995
On Wed, 15 July 1994, Oliver Froehling (ORFROE00 at UKCC.UKY.EDU) posted the
following report to the list, and it seems useful to repeat it now:
> MARX AND ENGELS ONLINE LIBRARY GUIDE
> update: May 5, 1994
> (Happy birthday, Karl :)
>It has been a while since the Marx & Engels Online Library was updated
>-- even longer since it this annoucement has been issued about
>newsgroups and lists. (And please distribute this freely.)
>But the library has grown.
>The M&E Online Library is constantly "under construction". New works
>are added, errors are corrected (I thank those who report them) and
>further data on existent files are appended. Net cruisers are
>encouraged to sweep in every two weeks or five to see what's new.
>However, monthly updates will be issued.
>There is absolutely no way to monetarily profit from this project. It
>is a labor of love undertaken in the purest communitarian sense. The
>real "profit" will hopefully manifest in the form of individual
>enlightenment through easy access to these classic works.
>The goal, however dreamy and distant at this juncture, is to have all
>major works online for the centennial of the passing of Frederick Engels
>-- August 5, 1995.
> NEW MATERIAL
>The following works have been added to the M&E Archive since the
>January 30, 1994, update:
>1844 -- CRITICAL NOTES ON THE ARTICLE "THE KING OF PRUSSIA AND SOCIAL
> REFORM. BY A PRUSSIAN." Marx's aim here is two establish the
> fact he didn't write the aforementioned article (Arnold Ruge
> did). Marx continues his theory that the state and private
> life are separate and therefore the state cannot weed out
> social misery alone -- as the writer of the original article
> seemed to suggest.
>1847+ - THE COMMUNIST LEAGUE -- A new subdirectory, containing
> documents from Marx and Engels work with the Communist League
> and its predecessor. Includes Engels' excellent history of
> the League.
>1867 -- CAPITAL -- No, not complete. Sorry. But a start.
>The M&E library serves several functions.
>It provides research material and/or general reading pleasure for those
>interested in this epoch-shaping stream of thought.
>More importantly, these works are now constantly at hand and FREE (ok
>ok, I know you need a computer and a modem, etc., that's another story).
>The recent demise of Progress Publishers in Moscow means M&E texts will
>probably become harder to find, and most certainly more expensive --
>driving the volumes out of the range of students and working people.
>Once transcribed, and uploaded to the net, ascii-Marx/Engels works take
>on lives of their own, branching off from the mainstream net into little
>BBS eddies about the globe, from Austria to Australia. I've happily
>heard from people who have found them in little local BBSs in places of
>which I've never heard. As most local BBS users don't have access to
>the Internet, I assume a great many more are getting these files, yet
>have not the means to tell me so.
>There are several people scattered about the North American continent
>who have volunteered to help in ascii-transription of some Marx/Engels
>text. Most are only _casually_ involved, so please do not think major
>time commitments are a requirement to help -- one chapter of one book
>goes a long way. If you wish to aid in this project, please contact me
>at zodiac at io.org, to prevent duplication of effort. The more the
>At any rate, I hope you find the Marx/Engels virtual library of value
>But, enough of the background crap. To the heart of things: the files
> GETTING THE FILES
>There are three main ways to access the M&E archives: Gopher, FTP,
>When logged into your Internet account, at the prompt type:
> gopher csf.colorado.edu
>You will connect to a Boulder, Colorado, computer which will then present
>you an opening menu. Select/type:
>which takes you into the Progressive Sociologist Network (PSN) menu; at
>this point, you will see the Marx and Engels section at number:
>Type that, and in you go. Pick and choose among the dozens of texts
>The advantage of gopher is that it is makes it easier to use/browse the
>library, peek about into files; and, most importantly, gopher permits me
>to provide fuller file titles, so etext files can be named exactly as
>per the original works (as opposed to ftp listings, which have shorter
>If you decide you wish to keep a copy of a work, just hit (s)ave and it
>copies the file back to the home area of your account computer.
>You will find the full-titled gopher-file list of the complete M&E
>Online Library at the very end of this posting.
>If you don't want to browse, but rather just log in and snatch the
>whole library no-questions-asked, screw the rodent, login by ftp, and
>"mget -r" the lot.
>FTP ("File Transfer Protocol") is a method of zapping files around the
>planet, from one computer to another. Assuming you have ftp capability,
>at the prompt, type
> ftp csf.colorado.edu
>You will connected to the remote computer and will then be asked for a
>login name. Type:
>It will then ask you for a password: type
> your at email.address
>Once in, type
> cd psn/Marx
>and you will be in the directory. Hit "ls" for a list of what files
>are there. Type "get <filename>" to have a file sent back to your
>These are all exactly the same files you would see by gophering in --
>except their ftp names are invariably shorter and more cryptic
>looking. For instance, the _Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts_ is
>Not all Internet accounts have access to FTP or gopher.
>csf.colorado.edu also makes files available by mail.
>Fortunately, there are "ftp-by-mail" services offered by generous sites.
>Through ftp-by-mail, you place an "order" by email with a third
>computer, which then follows your instructions and logs into the
>computer holding the files you want (in this case csf.colorado.edu),
>grabs those files, then mails them to you.
>For details on how to work this, send an email message to either:
> ftpmail at sunsite.unc.edu
> ftpmail at pa.dec.com
>and put nothing but the word
>in the body of the message itself. You will automatically be sent
>instructions on how to use this extremely helpful service. Note that
>the first listed service above seems to have a faster turn-around time.
>TO GET A COPY OF THE ENTIRE DIRECTORY of the short UNIX names, send
> csfserv at csf.colorado.edu
>with only this in the body of the message (no signatures):
> list psn/Marx
>You may have to do a wee bit of guess work to figure out what is what.
>Use the full-name gopher list attached below to help match up "decode"
>Piping Marx and Engels into cyberspace...
>Archivist, Marx/Engels Online Library
> Gopher Listing of M/E Online Library
>This menu is set up recursively, meaning, subdirectories within
>directories are listed. For instance, you can see that "1843 -- Letters
>to Arnold Ruge (M)" is really a directory, and inside it can be found
>three files -- namely, the three letters Marx wrote to his friend and
>co-editor Arnold Ruge.
> 1. The M&E Online Library Update -- May 5, 1994 (read me!)
> 2. 1837+ - Young Marx (before editing Rheinische Zeitung)/
> 1836/11 -- Love Poems to Jenny (three).
> 1836/12 -- Feelings.
> 1836/12 -- My World.
> 1837/ -- Wild Songs.
> 1837/02 -- Transformation
> 3. 1842 -- Communism and the Augsburg Allgemeine Zeitung (M)
> 4. 1843 -- Letters to Arnold Ruge (M)/
> Mar -- "Ship of Fools".
> May -- On Prussian Absolutism.
> Sep -- "Ruthless Criticism".
> 5. 1844 -- Critical Notes on "The King of Prussia" (M)
> 6. 1844 -- Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (M)/
> 7. 1844 -- Intro to a Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right (M)
> 8. 1844 -- On The Jewish Question (M)
> 9. 1845 -- Theses on Feuerbach (M)
> 10. 1847 -- Communist League/
> History of the Communist League (E - 1885)
> 1846 03/31 -- Weitling letter
> 1846 05/05 -- Marx asks Proudhon to join (M)
> 1850 03/ -- Address to the Communist League (ME)
> 1850 06/ -- Address to the Communist League (ME)
> 11. 1847 -- Principles of Communism (E)
> 12. 1847 -- The Poverty of Philosophy (M)/
> A Scientific Discovery/
> The Antithesis of Use Value and Exchange Value
> Constituted Value and Synthetic Value
> Application of the Law of the Proportionality of Value/
> -- Money
> -- Surplus Labor
> The Metaphysics of Political Economy/
> The Method
> Division of Labor and Machinery
> Competition and Monopoly
> Property or Ground Rent
> Strikes and Combinations of Workers
> 13. 1848 -- Communism, Revolution, and a Free Poland (M)
> 14. 1848 -- Speech: On The Question of Free Trade (M)/
> 15. 1848 -- The Communist Manifesto (ME)/
> Collected Prefaces of Marx and Engels/
> Bourgeois and Proletarians.
> Proletarians and Communists.
> Socialist and Communist Literature.
> The Various Existing Opposition Parties.
> 16. 1849 -- Wage-Labor and Capital (M)/
> Engels' 1891 Introduction.
> What Are Wages?.
> By What is the Price of a Commodity Determined?.
> By What Are Wages Determined?.
> The Nature and Growth of Capital.
> Relation of Wage-Labor to Capital.
> The Rise and Fall of Wages and Profits.
> Capital and Labor Are Diametrically Opposed.
> Effect of Capitalist Competition on Classes.
> 17. 1850 -- England's 17th c. Revolution (ME)
> 18. 1853 -- The Duchess of Sutherland and Slavery (M)
> 19. 1857 -- Intro to a Critique of Political Economy (M)/
> Relations of Production to Distribution....
> The Method of Political Economy.
> Various Topics.
> 20. 1858 -- Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations (M)/
> part 1
> part 2
> 21. 1858 -- The Grundrisse (M)/
> 22. 1864 -- International Working Men's Association/
> 1864 10/27 -- General Rules and Administrative Regulations .
> 1864 10/27 -- The Inaugural Address of the International.
> 1865 01/28 -- Address: Re-elected President Lincoln.
> 1865 02/13 -- Letter to J. B. Schweitzer.
> 1867 11/20 -- On the Fenian Prisoners in Manchester.
> 1868 05/11 -- Address: National Labor Union (US) on UK war.
> 1869 07/20 -- Resolution: Right of Inheritance.
> 1870 07/14 -- Programme for the 5th Congress.
> 1870 07/23 -- First Address on the Franco-Prussian War.
> 1870 09/09 -- Second Address on the Franco-Prussian War.
> 1871 05/30 -- Third Address on the Franco-Prussian War (Commune).
> 1871 09/20 -- Speech: Political Action and the Working Class.
> 1872 03/05 -- Fictitious Splits in the International (ME)/
> 1872 03/05 -- Resolution(s): US Federation Split.
> 1872 05/ -- Notes on the "American Split".
> 1872 09/ -- Resolution: Working Class Parties.
> 1872 09/08 -- Speech: The Political Battleground.
> The Conflict with Bakunin (1868-72)
> 1868 12/15 -- Marx's Marginal Notes on Alliance Programme
> 1868 12/22 -- General Council Statement on Alliance
> 1869 03/09 -- General Council Letter to Alliance
> 1870 03/28 -- Confidential Circular on Alliance (M)
> 1871 09/18 -- Notes on Marx Speech (E)
> 23. 1867 -- Capital/
> Marx's dedication
> Collected prefaces and afterwords/
> Part 1 -- Commodities and Money/
> Part 2 -- Transformation of Money into Capital/
> Part 3 -- Production of Absolute Surplus-Value/
> Part 4 -- Production of Relative Surplus-Value/
> Part 5 -- Production of Abs. and Rel. Surplus-Value/
> Part 6 -- Wages/
> Part 7 -- Accumulation of Capital/
> Part 8 -- So-Called Primitive Accumulation/
> 24. 1867 -- Speech: Poland and the Russian Menace (M)
> 25. 1868 -- Synopsis of Marx's Capital (E)/
> Commodities and Money.
> The Transformation of Money into Capital.
> The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value.
> 26. 1869 -- The Abolition of Landed Property (M)
> 27. 1871 -- Marx's Daughters in Post-Commune France (Jenny Marx)
> 28. 1871 -- New York World Interview with Marx
> 29. 1871 -- The Civil War in France (M)/
> Engels' 1891 Introduction.
> First Address -- July 23, 1870.
> Second Address -- September 9, 1870.
> Third Address -- May 30, 1871.
> 30. 1872 -- On Authority (E)
> 31. 1875 -- Critique of the Gotha Program
> 32. 1877 -- Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (E)/
> 1892 Introduction/
> Early Socialist Utopians.
> Dialectical Method.
> Historical Materialism.
> 33. 1879 -- Chicago Tribune Interview with Marx
> 34. 1879 -- Reformists in Germany's Social-Democratic party (ME)
> 35. 1882 -- Bruno Bauer and Early Christianity (E)
> 36. 1883 -- Engels' Speech At Karl Marx's Grave (E)
> 37. 1886 -- The End of Classical German Philosophy (E)/
> 1888 Introduction
> Hegelian System vs Dialectical Method
> Idealism vs Materialism
> Feuerbach's "Idealism"
> Marx's "Materialism"
> Appendix: Theses of Feuerbach (M)
> 38. 1894 -- The Peasant Question in France and Germany (E)/
> 39. 1895 -- Capital III: Law of Value and Rate of Profit (E)/
> 40. OTHERS/
>(Please note: Though this archive has a small DeLeon/Lenin/Trotsky
>section, it is not intended to store programmatic material from modern
>political organizations, so please don't ask. There is already exists
>an interesting collection of such material at etext.archive.umich.edu,
>maintained by Paul Southworth (pauls at umich.edu).)
jinigo at inscri.org.ar
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