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File: 6914cccad2a4c83⋯.jpg (274.2 KB, 500x793, 500:793, bba0809ec89aa3c529026eeaea….jpg)

 No.1128

I started reading Thomas More's Utopia recently and was wondering if we could get a thread going about left wing literature. Anyone else read this and have thoughts on the book? Can it be considered proto-socialist?

 No.1133

File: 1461081cb9bf86b⋯.jpg (55.26 KB, 328x499, 328:499, the geography of nowhere.jpg)

Sorry lad, the last book I read was The Geography of Nowhere. I can't quite pin down just how leftist the author is, but the old boomer fart clearly has a lot of issues with the mass-production elements of capitalism and it's a good read if you have any kind of anprim leanings whatsoever.

It's basically "WTF I hate cars now": The Book. I mean, I already hated them, but now I hate them more.


 No.1134

File: de8b0a064fde93c⋯.jpg (1.85 MB, 1430x3350, 143:335, leftyfilm.jpg)

Not literature, but here's the /leftyfilm/ list I made, if you're interested


 No.1135

File: 78256fef1bf9b1e⋯.webm (5.05 MB, 640x360, 16:9, going full leftypol.webm)

>>1134

>no Rampage under Comedy


 No.1146

File: 528dbb2950baeec⋯.jpg (50.48 KB, 1008x389, 1008:389, ReadingUtopiaByThomasMore.jpg)

>>1128

>I started reading Thomas More's Utopia recently

The best part is the middle. The Beginning is just unless rambling and the end is straight up neoconservatism. But the middle is pretty good.


 No.1254

Read "Mother" by Gorki.


 No.1385

has anybody read Bolano? I heard he's great which is good since I'm really elitist and most of my fav writers tend to be fascists/staunchly apolitical, probably because the left wing writers I've read come off as edgy try-hard's or just boring/entry-lvl. I'd prefer fiction/poetry if you got others.


 No.1405

File: 3764fbc2dd49427⋯.jpg (101.61 KB, 1200x1800, 2:3, ConjuringHitler.jpg)


 No.1450

>>1135

>kill the rich

>not kill the normies


 No.1461

>>1450

Being rich is the height of normalfaggotry.


 No.4585

Red Plenty is pretty good. It's about the hopes of cybernetics guys living in the USSR, a fiction/non-fiction hybrid.


 No.4588

>>1450

I like the normies. They don't exploit my labor. The rich do. Kill the rich.


 No.4589

>>1450

also you're poor. retard.


 No.4592

File: 14f9fcf91fa543d⋯.pdf (94.89 KB, Makhno-About_the_Platform.pdf)

About to start pdf related.


 No.7776

>>1128

Thanks, added it to the list.

>>4588

Mate, there are rich normies out there.


 No.7784

File: 78cd38b757149e6⋯.pdf (914.25 KB, new_socialism.pdf)


 No.7787

sticky & cycled

Good thread

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 No.7793

File: 17fb9b02ab8e4f9⋯.pdf (3.06 MB, A-Thousand-Plateaus.pdf)

File: 8f3e4955919790d⋯.pdf (1.59 MB, Hume David - A Treatise of….pdf)

File: 0d55bf0bdbb6808⋯.pdf (770.15 KB, Madness and Civilization (….pdf)

File: f2e812c1a69c4e5⋯.pdf (98.94 KB, Wolfendale-Speculative-Dys….pdf)

File: aaa0d971df3127f⋯.pdf (195.44 KB, Accelerate-Introduction.pdf)

Posting stuff I haven't seen posted before.

Upload limit will make it difficult to upload larger books.


 No.7795

>>7793

just post links of them if you can.

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 No.7822

If you're into utopias…

Socialist utopias:

HG Wells, The Island (and others)

Richard Bellamy, Looking Backwards

William Morris, News from Nowhere

Anarchist utopias:

P.M., Bolo'Bolo

Callenbach, Ecotopia

Le Guin, The Dispossessed

There's apparently a pedo sci-fi utopia by Hakim Bey called Crowstone, but it's impossible to find!

This has a good list of socialist sci-fi.

http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj88/newsinger.htm

Mieville's own work is also very socialist, and very good.

Also I'd classify Jeff Noon and Margaret Attwood as left-field.


 No.7842

>>7822

Here's a pretty good list of anarchist science-fiction:

http://benbeck.co.uk/anarchysf/hotlist.htm

Which is part of a rather comprehensive bibliography:

http://benbeck.co.uk/anarchysf/main.htm


 No.7882

File: ba4b942a19a05e5⋯.png (79.3 KB, 220x337, 220:337, utopia.png)


 No.7887

I read Utopia. It's the most nazbol shit ever. It's also pretty neocon as well. However it is proto-socialist and it's worth reading.


 No.7970

Don't forget about this >>2300211/leftypol/

Also from there, here are the mega folders:

Marx and Engels complete works:

https://mega.nz/#F!cxtRWKba!os0o4sMveFprKsScSEQF2g

Lacan and Lacanianism:

https://mega.nz/#F!9kpS3KTJ!7FiS5rl5rX8Z64BP4dhGww

The /leftypol/ folder I arranged a long time ago:

https://mega.nz/#F!4EcEhIoS!5aZfv2Kz-IxQT933ywGf4w


 No.7972


 No.7979

File: 030b09b0f0562c5⋯.pdf (686.35 KB, Philip_K._Dick-The_Man_in_….pdf)


 No.8107

It can be considered proto-NAZBOL

t. NAZBOL GANG BABY


 No.8512

>>4588

kill em both i say


 No.9157

File: 0c379b033794818⋯.pdf (9.76 MB, Revolutionary Suicide.pdf)

>>1128

Here's some books about the Black Panthers.

"Revolutionary Suicide" is the autobiography of Huey Newton, the Panthers' most prolific leader. He wrote it when the Party was already in dire straits and essentially collapsing into total SuccDem reformism, but it's still a good overview of how the Party came about and its activities. Newton is also an interesting figure in his own right, and reading this knowing how he ended up in the end is quite tragic.


 No.9288

Is mutual aid from kropotkin worth reading? Dunno why but Kropotkin's books feel kinda dated.


 No.9419

>>9288

Mutual aid definitely is worth it. It’s about evolution, so despite being a bit dated it’s still about general concepts that haven’t changed much. And the overarching arguments are important for any leftist


 No.9632

File: 9cf05f12aab748b⋯.pdf (1.46 MB, GIK- Fundamental Principle….pdf)

>>7784

>armchair flag

>Towards a New Socialism

Shamefur dispray. Why not pdf related?


 No.9641

>>9288

It's a nice read, though I might be an autismo who just liked the anecdotes about animals working together.


 No.9680

>>9641

The thing is I started it to gain knowldege on muh human nature but got 70 pages of cool facts about animals as a demonstration to a theory which is widely accepted nowadays. I'll continue to read it though, since all what's left is anthropology and >>9419 says it's worth it.


 No.9682

>>9680

It gets better he’s tied it into leftism, slowly building it as an nice proleftist argument


 No.9824

>>9288

It's nice to BTFO the average Nazi's 'understanding' of Darwinism.


 No.10054

File: 55225f7ce2c62c0⋯.jpg (165.73 KB, 649x800, 649:800, charles-darwin.jpg)


 No.10197

anyone have pdf's on the soviet economy, and general history of the soviet union?


 No.10690

READ DEBT: THE FIRST 5000 YEARS


 No.10706

>>10197

aaaaarg.fail


 No.10796

>>10690

Graeber is a hack who only got famous because his meme book appeals to indebted amerifat students with college degrees that can't generate money.


 No.10923

>>10796

What makes you say that he's a hack?


 No.10965

>>10923

There are quite a few criticisms of "Debt" floating around, which usually result in Graeber getting asshurt and writing angey polemics on the internet since he feels people try to "delegitimize" him by pointing out his fuck-ups. This one isn't about anthropology as much as academic works, but I think it's a nice read anyways, you can skip the the beginning and go straight to "Part I" if you wish though

https://libcom.org/library/5000-years-or-debt


 No.11103

>>10965

Already forced myself through that critique despite the incredibly snide tone. Would more like to know your opinion


 No.12674

File: 774d3ba71a93eac⋯.png (112.19 KB, 266x374, 133:187, ClipboardImage.png)

anyone read bloodlands? I read the synopsis, and it seems like a standard shitty "Stalin and Hitler are the same" book. from the synopsis a few things stood out: He doesn't seem to understand Soviet ideology, he uses lower death figures for nazi crimes than I'm used to seeing, and he claims Soviets and Nazis worked together to kill poles. he repeats the slander that Soviets refused to help the Warsaw uprising, which, unless he has done some original research, has never been sufficiently proven.


 No.12981

https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1922/democratic-principle.htm

https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1921/party-class.htm

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1872/10/authority.htm

All three pretty good books/essays I recommend reading it for every anarchist that's slowly giving up on Anarchism and wants to switch to Marxism.


 No.13076

File: f4947b21464cfe1⋯.jpg (9.23 MB, 3480x4640, 3:4, IMG_20180117_000816.jpg)

Judge my purchases from the verso sale


 No.13087

>>13076

Ah, new book smell.


 No.13132

>>13087

I recently read Wood's Origins of Capitalism and it was very interesting. It calls into question traditional capitalist and Marxist views of the transition between feudalism and capitalism from a Marxist perspective.


 No.13825

File: f4d93c1c04b1d86⋯.jpg (43.03 KB, 328x499, 328:499, 51K9D39XtzL__SX326_BO1,204….jpg)

File: 7c159096b4213a0⋯.pdf (747.63 KB, The_Sheep_Look_Up-_John_Br….pdf)

The Sheep Look Up

by John Brunner


 No.14039

Daemon by Daniel Suarez and it's sequel is a great techno-thriller that basically describes the emergence of anarcho transhumanism from modern day society. It's pretty good.


 No.14040

File: 47d1131057a340e⋯.pdf (6.86 MB, philosophy-of-the-encounte….pdf)

The Philosophy of the Encounter by Althusser

Ideology and State ideological Apparatuses by Althusser

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/althusser/1970/ideology.htm


 No.14044

File: 00ca8233b35c36c⋯.pdf (5.3 MB, __Debt__The_First_5_000_Ye….pdf)

>>10796

The book is actually a very good overview of the development of money, markets, and capitalism through its examination of the history of debt. In particular it dispels many myths about the development of states and capitalism, and reveals the role of the state in their creation. All this, as well as a thorough examination of the logic of debt. there's very little moralizing that I think most of his critics accuse him of. People should read it for themselves and make their own decision though.


 No.14045

File: 25692b6f6538f64⋯.pdf (1016.06 KB, from bakunin to lacan.pdf)

From Bakunin to Lacan: On the Dislocation of Power

A great book on how power operates, although I think it is too quick in dismissing some marxist thinkers. If you are an anarchist, definitely check it out, although I think there's a lot regular socialists can get out of its theory, if not its conclusions.


 No.14053

File: 6224c57ffbb6e00⋯.pdf (9.33 MB, ErichFromm_TheArtOfLoving_….pdf)

Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle

https://archive.org/details/KillAllNormiesAngelaNagle

Besides all the case studies it provides, I think she does a good job of proving the relation of sexual frustration to the rise of the alt right. Something that I think Erich Fromm predicted in the art of loving when he described how the desire for love, not being met in the particular, can lead to a desire for abstract love in the form of nationalism. that book is here as a PDF

a comrade wrote a bit about that here: http://spectrerouge.com/index.php/2017/10/11/revolt-of-the-lonely-masses/


 No.14138

File: 10ddcdc45b43f78⋯.jpg (39.6 KB, 461x395, 461:395, mad marx.jpg)

I'm reading Capital, Vol. I.

I'm still in the early part, where he's talking about what exactly commodities, value, and money are. I can't tell whether I'm missing half of the point, or whether Marx is just repeating himself constantly to make his point clear. He'll establish something, then talk about it in a different way, and sometimes I can't tell if he's just restating the facts or giving me new information. This was hardest to tell in the section on the equivalent form of value.

Am I retarded, or just overthinking it?


 No.14148

>>14138

>Am I retarded, or just overthinking it?

Niether, the first Section, and maybe even the 2nd section, are really goddamn dry and esoteric. Its get's better though, I'm a little over halfway through it right now and it just gets progressively better and more tangible.

I think the big issue with the beginning is just how abstract some of those concepts are, when you really think about them. Value, I mean. Kind of abstract or arbitrary.


 No.14149

>>14148

value form is one of his worst ideas in capital, each chapter gets better and the last chapters are the best.


 No.14153

File: 52455daf21c6abb⋯.jpg (201 KB, 610x900, 61:90, large_b76939aecc4d04272017….jpg)

I've been reading this book. I'm on chapter 4.


 No.14154

>>14148

I don't mind dry and esoteric, I just want to know whether I'm missing anything. Do you have to read it extremely closely to understand him, or is he really just restating things a lot?

>>14149

I think the value-form is actually kind of interesting, because you can really see how it's a dialectical model, i.e., relative and equivalent value being united opposites, etc. But hey, if it gets better as it goes, that's great.


 No.14157

>>14154

yeah, that's what I don't like it. too hegelian.


 No.14159

File: 9eec418faa5eb59⋯.jpg (21.29 KB, 252x255, 84:85, 1464893837905.jpg)

>>14157

>too hegelian

Why are you reading Marx, then? He's Hegelian as fuck.


 No.14163

File: c57cf6dddc2ad50⋯.jpg (29.55 KB, 267x377, 267:377, althussssssssssssssssssser.jpg)

>>14159

For the materialism my friend.


 No.14219

>>14163

On the topic of the windpipe crusher extraordinaire: what's a good starting point or overview of his work?

Texts are appreciated, of course, but I'll take plain recommendations just as eagerly.


 No.14229


 No.14336

>>12674

I had to read Bloodlands for a college course on Stalinism. It's not a good book but the author's conclusions are more complicated than just "Stalin and Hitler are the same." Infact my professor argued that most of Stalin's crimes cannot be considered unique to communism and have parallels in the history of capitalism in the west.


 No.14347

File: c83f47cace84427⋯.pdf (8.49 MB, Fascism and Big Business.pdf)

Fascism and Big Business by Daniel Guérin


 No.14519

File: d362aae75741eeb⋯.pdf (6.85 MB, televisionaries.pdf)

File: 6b7c903a9dddd43⋯.jpg (38.43 KB, 318x499, 318:499, 519SjfX1oDL__SX316_BO1,204….jpg)

Televisionaries: The Red Army Faction Story, 1963-1993

by Tom Vague

Does anyone have Baader-Meinhof by Stefan Aust or Jackal by John Follain?


 No.14522

>>1128

someone has a digital copy of the english translation of the communist manifesto?


 No.14523


 No.14524

>>14522

Be warned though, the Manifesto is shit.


 No.14525

>>14524

thanks

im in it more for curiosity and historical sake than to be enlightened anyway


 No.14531

Also, here's a good list of most of Marx's important works, in portable formats, from marxists.org:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/index.htm


 No.14602

>>14524

I was planning to read it soon, what's shit about it? That it's not in-depth enough?


 No.14615

>>14602

It's not very in-depth, it has a very scant historical foundation, and it doesn't delve into philosophy at all. It's mostly just a set of policy positions. None of these are really damning of the Manifesto itself, since it was written to address an audience of laymen during a tumultuous time, and to propose an immediate and practical program. My point is simply that it isn't particularly relevant or useful as a theoretical text, nor as an introduction to socialism for modern readers. It contains nothing that isn't more refined or better explained in Capital.

I won't discourage anyone from reading it, but know what it is going in. Read it once for the sake of historical curiosity, and then move on to Marx's other work.


 No.14630

>>14615

"There's a spectre haunting Europe" sentence gives me a hard-on, though.


 No.14633

>>14630

It's a good line. It's also got, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle." Even Marx's less important works usually have a couple zingers.


 No.14636

>>14615

Yeah, I see. Would've hoped that it also delved a bit into theory, but I'm still interested for the historical context and it's super short anyway. So is there a text (by Marx himself or someone else) that you would personally recommend as a good explanation/oversight of his philosophy and that's preferably shorter than Capital?


 No.14651

File: e399ce43e54a723⋯.jpg (157.89 KB, 907x286, 907:286, capital citation.jpg)

>>14615

I disagree, the simple idea that capitalism, by creating the proletariat, created the social force for its own destruction, was an important one, and marx would go on to cite this in his later works, even Capital.


 No.14656

>>9632

what the hell is wrong about towards a new socialism, besides the obvious stuff in the first chapter?


 No.14657

>>14636

Critique of the Gotha Program, or 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. Both are addressing specific events of his time. The first is a critique of the party platform of Germany's Social Democratic party, and the second is basically shitting on Louis Napoleon and his self-coup and subsequent government.

There's also The Civil War in France, where Marx discusses the Paris Commune.

>>14651

>marx would go on to cite this in his later works, even Capital.

If you only have time to read a short pamphlet like the Manifesto, then fine. Capital also establishes the idea of capitalism's contradictions causing its inevitable end, and does it more thoroughly.


 No.14663

>>14636

I think the Grundrisse is a little shorter than Capital. But you really should read Capital.


 No.14665

>>14657

These sound interesting, thanks!

>>14663

I want to, i would just like to start with some shorter texts to get a taste of his way of thinking and writing


 No.14667

>>14663

Gundrisse is still ridiculously long. If you want something short and sweet do actually read the manifesto, Wage Labor and Capital, as well as Value Price and Profit.


 No.14691

>>14665

You're welcome. I like Marx when he gets cheeky. Like this footnote in Capital that I read yesterday:

>The learned Professor Roscher, after first informing us that 'the false definitions of money may be divided into two main groups: those which make it more, and those which make it less, than a commodity', gives us a motley catalogue of works on the nature of money, which does not provide even the glimmer of an insight into the real history of the theory. He then draws this moral: 'For the rest, it is not to be denied that most of the later economists do not bear sufficiently in mind the peculiarities that distinguish money from other commodities' (it is then, after all, either more or less than a commodity!)… 'So far, the semi-mercantilist reaction of Ganilh is not altogether without foundation' (Wilhelm Roscher, Die Grundlagen der Nationalökonomie, 3rd edn, 1858, pp. 207-10). More! Less! Not sufficiently! So far! Not altogether! What a way of determining one's concepts! And this eclectic professorial twaddle is modestly baptized by Herr Roscher 'the anatomico-physiological method' of political economy! However, he does deserve credit for one discovery, namely, that money is 'a pleasant commodity'.


 No.14700

anyone got stuff that attacks modern mainstream conservatives?


 No.14701

File: eb9bb613400c326⋯.png (Spoiler Image, 2.71 MB, 3000x450, 20:3, 1a64f2c2bbe73b95345ffc8b8a….png)


 No.14707

>>14701

>DUDE JUST DO WHATEVER IS IN YOUR SELF INTEREST

>Since capitalism will not be overthrown soon, it is in my self interest to accumulate as much wealth and property as I can in order to live a comfortable life


 No.14708

>>14701

>2.71 MB

i'll leave my laptop on while sleeping and maybe it will be open in the morning


 No.15028

File: e7fbd4bc8c599bb⋯.jpg (30.06 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, el Risitas.jpg)

>Thomas More

>Left Wing

Wew


 No.15056

>>15028

Pretty nonsensical to classify a medieval writer as left - or right wing but he was one of the first to formulate a vision for an idealist socialist society


 No.15064

>>15056

>Thomas More

>1478 - 1535

>medieval


 No.15089

>>14707

I don't know, capitalism isn't really in a great place right now, politically or economically.


 No.15147

>>1133

So this book was written and bound by hand I take it?

Was it expensive?

How many are there


 No.15158

File: a84adac1615dce9⋯.png (324.07 KB, 656x572, 164:143, JOHJ.png)

>>15147

Excuse me?


 No.15639

File: f3c59a4026b0c62⋯.jpg (469.92 KB, 1200x1252, 300:313, 1500576550523 (1).jpg)

File: e8a7686541a5246⋯.jpg (1.28 MB, 2016x2880, 7:10, 1500576656870.jpg)

File: d2a0a3d33ea2d56⋯.png (616.01 KB, 1088x735, 1088:735, 1508543067612.png)

File: eb6f1b18f034006⋯.png (1.29 MB, 1109x1556, 1109:1556, 0fd54cef4095b24a4b853afd3a….png)

File: 16839d4b9f5064f⋯.jpg (1.1 MB, 1975x2229, 1975:2229, 1500481909140.jpg)


 No.15645

>>15639

>second pic

The Grapes of Wrath is good. Also, need to add Red Mars.


 No.15663

File: 690612964f43cba⋯.png (2.88 MB, 2392x3348, 598:837, 887fcce884bf9477622e7f5aa5….png)

File: b2645571fd4c4b2⋯.png (3.99 MB, 2248x3442, 1124:1721, b2645571fd4c4b2905477ab6ce….png)

>>15645

i think we need more leftist reading list like these tbh, i havent read that much so cant really make one

the right got a lot more than we do


 No.16039

>>15663

>lord of the rings at the highest tier

They really are disconnected from reality lmao. It's not like they even read all this anyway.


 No.16124

>>15663

>Recommending Marx and Adorno.

I don't get it.

>Recommending The Lord of the Rings.

I thought the orc thing was just a meme. I didn't know they actually took it as a legitimate metaphor. Don't get me wrong, Tolkien's work is generally conservative, but it's far from being supportive of fascism.


 No.16127

>>15663

I have some old /leftypol/ reading lists on my laptop at home. I'll post them after work.


 No.16130

>>15663

>Capital

Ahahahhah. Absolutely no one on /pol/ has read one volume of Capital, especially whoever made that infographic


 No.16143

>>15663

>the right got a lot more than we do

Too bad whatever infographs /pol/lacks shit out are always fucking shit. Even what you posted shows whoever made this hasn't actually read his own recommendations and just made a list of well-known books, with tier 1 being a memecore barely expanding your actual political horizon, tier 2 being mostly irrelevant in this day and age(seriously, who cares about Saint Augustine?) and tier 3 being just the most famous continental philosophy works despite the fact barely any of them fall under the category of political philosophy.

Also, we do have reading lists on leftybooru

http://lefty.booru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=reading_list


 No.16269

File: 23e11ec0d6be889⋯.jpg (260.62 KB, 1200x1173, 400:391, mir_1200x1173.jpg)

does anyone have any recommendations for the soviet side of the space race?


 No.16276

File: 69fc9003a109ccc⋯.jpg (898.87 KB, 1913x2880, 1913:2880, IMG_20180120_212413.jpg)


 No.16289

Lads, after I finish Capital, Volume I, should I go on to read Volumes II and III? I feel like nobody ever reads those, for some reason.


 No.16343

What's some good books on the Yugoslavian SFR, specifically under Tito? I'm also interested in stuff on the wars of the 90s.


 No.16493

File: 6f085dc0ddd43ab⋯.pdf (1.04 MB, 3295358-walter-rodney.pdf)

File: c2faec4287e2b65⋯.jpeg (10.21 KB, 182x277, 182:277, download.jpeg)

currently reading, posting here if any other anons are interested


 No.16605

>>16493

Cool, I was actually looking to read a book on colonialism


 No.17110

Anyone have recommendations for books on the history of Chartism? I just finished Rocker's Anarcho-Syndicalism and thought the bits on it were particularly interesting

>babbies first theory


 No.17210

File: 8e80b244e8eb2b2⋯.jpg (324.49 KB, 1400x2100, 2:3, 81HiLi7irkL.jpg)

What technically-not-leftist-theory book(s) would you recommend? Pic related


 No.17614

File: 7570af91b11fb2a⋯.pdf (681.81 KB, City-Clifford_D._Simak.pdf)

File: 07ccdb97a00af02⋯.jpg (40.99 KB, 328x499, 328:499, 51fEKUTaiBL__SX326_BO1,204….jpg)

>>17210

City

by Clifford D. Simak

Science fiction written in response to the horrors of WWII. Talking dogs.


 No.17670

>>16289

Haven’t read ’em personally but every serious Marxist will tell you that Volume II and III are must-reads


 No.17733

File: 669b20db3cafac5⋯.pdf (2.7 MB, TheGeographyOfNowherePDF.pdf)

Just finished reading. Gotta say it’s pretty good.


 No.17811

>>15639

Any anons have any advice on tackling the difficulty of a lot of these books? Maybe I'm just an idiot or my attention span is fucked by years of internet use but I find a lot of theoretical/philosophical books completely impenetrable.


 No.17829

>>17811

Go slow, take notes, write summaries for yourself and keep a theory notebook


 No.17843

>>17811

Like >>17829 said, take notes, especially on things that you don't understand, and copy those passages.


 No.17940

>>17811

Begin by reading the simplest mainstream works on a subject. It’s impossible to understand the more complicated theory without understanding the foundations it’s built on. Read slowly and always think about what you read and what it means. Only after that can you jump into more complicated works. And if you’re still stuck, try starting a reading group session so you have a group that can help each other and fill in what you don’t understand.


 No.18726

Should the Geography of Nowhere be considerd to be Proto-Comunalism?


 No.19596

>>16493

Europeans made Africa civilized.


 No.19738

File: 47abee16c61b6ba⋯.png (312.27 KB, 449x401, 449:401, 10e3ba5bd3ea6d8190ad8a2b4e….png)


 No.19810

How many slaves was it per household again?


 No.19833

>>19810

>Saging a sticky.

What did he mean by this?


 No.19844

>>19833

>They stickied a pro-slavery book

The absolute state of this board. Im going back to leftypol


 No.19846

>>19844

Source?


 No.19902

>>19846

It says in the book that merchants can take starving people from 3rd world countries and sell them as slaves in utopia, because hey man, thats gonna be like, so much better life for the slave! Straight quote from the book:

> the slaves among them are only such as are condemned to that state of life for the commission of some crime, or, which is more common, such as their merchants find condemned to die in those parts to which they trade, whom they sometimes redeem at low rates, and in other places have them for nothing. They are kept at perpetual labour, and are always chained, but with this difference, that their own natives are treated much worse than others: they are considered as more profligate than the rest, and since they could not be restrained by the advantages of so excellent an education, are judged worthy of harder usage.


 No.19904

>>19846

Oh it continues:

>Another sort of slaves are the poor of the neighbouring countries, who offer of their own accord to come and serve them: they treat these better, and use them in all other respects as well as their own countrymen, except their imposing more labour upon them, which is no hard task to those that have been accustomed to it


 No.20082

>>19902

>>19904

The book was written in 1516, Give it a break. A lot of it’s shity, but it’s important to read to understand socialism.


 No.20279

>>19902

>>19904

Sounds problematic.


 No.22940

>>1128

>ctrl+f City of the Sun

>no matches

a pretty utopian urban commune, I like the encyclopedic and war games aspects mostly

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2816/2816-h/2816-h.htm


 No.22975

>>1128

Utopia by definition cannot exist, seeking to immitate it is retarded


 No.22992

Motherfucker- you are a potato fascist. Fucking Utopia…. Read the fucking book for once. Functionally illiterate suburban children.


 No.23172

>>22992

Clearly no one else has read the book. Perhaps you could start a discussion about why it doesn't belong here.


 No.23866

Not leftist, but thoughts on The Prince by Macchiavelli? I haven't read it, but think I want to since I find the idea of Realpolitik interesting


 No.23882

>>23866

IMO he's probably the most important pre-Marxian political thinkers. When interpreting his work it's important to remember the context he was writing in, facing arrest and torture by the authorities, but if you read between the lines what he really argues is that feudal/capitalist states are inevitably unstable and will collapse, which is really a left-wing idea. That being said his work, like Marx's, can also be used as something of a manual for how to hold onto power, which is why Machiavelli is popular with centrists and right-wingers


 No.24079

>>23866

Machiavelli is kinda essential only because of how influential he was, even though most people who read/reference him didn't get the joke


 No.24130

>>16269

The Chief Designer was a pretty good short story.


 No.24530

File: 8a287725a492969⋯.jpg (69.58 KB, 333x500, 333:500, MarxBeyondMarx.jpg)

The g r a p h i c s comrades. Some left groups have some shit graphics, this was printed in the 90's.

Anyone read this? Might have to.


 No.24575

>>24530

Word salad.


 No.24606

>>17811

I have a friend who never paid attention in school and now is trying to improve himself by reading popsci and self-help bullshit.

Does anyone have recommendations on extremely easy to read leftist literature?


 No.24619

>>24606

>self-help bullshit

Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich, solid left critique of positive thinking and how it's basically the ideological basis of modern society. Lost your job? Have cancer? It's all clearly your fault for not subscribing to a mindlessly optimistic view of the world. It's unsurprisingly hard to find in stores, gotta have room for the self-help, but she's on youtube talking about it


 No.24676

>>24575

Word.


 No.24723

>>24606

>Does anyone have recommendations on extremely easy to read leftist literature?

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.


 No.25503

Gonna crack into this tonight.

https://illwilleditions.noblogs.org/files/2018/02/Invisible-Committee-NOW-READ.pdf

By the way, is anyone interested in doing a book club and having monthly discussions?


 No.25516

>>25503

I would appreciate this and even more if the first discussions would be about some of the most essential works by Marx, Engels and Lenin. I'm just getting into leftism and want to read what they wrote to get a better understanding of it, but there's just so much that I could use some motivation to get started for real.


 No.25637

I keep seeing people talk about how 3rd world immigration to the West is actually a liberal scheme to bring down wages in the immigrants' country of origin, any recommended reading on this that explains it in an easy to understand way?


 No.25694

>>25637

It's simple really. The West is poaching the best and brightest from around the world, depriving the Third World of their most productive workers, the people who would be most able to improve their communities. It also brings down wages in the West by increasing the labor supply.


 No.25970

>>25516

this.


 No.25973

File: 116d9063d4a2979⋯.png (34.25 KB, 500x341, 500:341, lol babies.png)

>>25516

>>25970

What Is Property?, Proudhon

Capital, Volumes I-III, Marx

Anti-Dühring, Engels

The Revolution Betrayed, Trotsky

I plan to read all of these. I've read some of What Is Property?, but right now I'm readying Capital, Volume I right now, but I could be persuaded to start over for the purposes of a reading group. I already wanted to start over anyway so I could start taking notes as I read.

I'm also considering reading Theories of Surplus Value in its entirety, but I'm a little apprehensive because I'm not sure how much autism it requires.


 No.25976

File: d7650887c830a87⋯.jpg (55.89 KB, 600x571, 600:571, DDIRzrvUwAA4oaU.jpg)

>>25973

>right now I'm readying Capital, Volume I right now

I think I might have brain damage.


 No.26070

>>25694

To be fair, a lot of them leave because their "bright ideas" are considered "wrong think" and challenge local religious or cultural ideas. Death (whether social or literal) or immigration tends to lead to people immigrating to places where their ideas are accepted and where they can get the tools they need to better explore their ideas.

I think the focus should less be on getting them to stay and potentially die a pariah and more on using the advances they make in other countries to leverage those countries into providing educational aid and logistical support.


 No.26244

>>25973

I've got Vol. 1 on its way, would be happy to start that with a group. Also, I believe David Harvey has a YouTube series that essentially functions as a Capital reading group.

Might be better to start with easier reads first though?


 No.26478

>>1135

the Rampage trilogy, Postal, and Assault on Wall Street are unironically among the most important films about American in the 21st century and I genuinely hope Uwe Boll someday gets the respect he deserves


 No.26505

>>26244

I don't know what others want but I'd like to start with a shorter, more entry-level text such as "Wage Labour and Capital", "Critique of the Gotha Programme" or something by Lenin maybe


 No.26506

>>26505

Don't. Capital isn't a hard read, it's just long, and if you don't know about its content, especially the law of value, you're not going to understand something like Critique of the Gotha Program, even if you think you do.


 No.26544

>>26506

I may disagree. Capital isn’t ludicrously rigorous intellectually but it’s a bit of a slog, dry and fact rich and can be overwhelming without previous exposure to his more core concepts.

The only reason I say this is because I’m reality anybody could read capital. Brainlets from /pol/ read it all the time and then post here gloating with some post about “Marx btfo” and how they disagree with it. It’s entirely another thing to truly comprehend his work, quality reading we are talking here. Takes a lot of mental fortitude to get through it.


 No.26563

>>26506

What about Wage Labour and Capital? Would you say Capital is really the best starting point? It's so long that I feel like I want to be a little more into Marxism on a basic level before putting so much reading time into it.

Also, I have read the section of Capital about commodity fetishism (in the context of a university course) and found it understandable but quite challenging. I've heard this is one of the more difficult parts though.


 No.26584

>>26563

No don’t listen to this guy, absolutely start with Wage Labor and Capital first. Perhaps even Marx’s first economic and philosophic manuscript:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/preface.htm

Otherwise capital may fall flat without some kind of intro first. Marx, unfortunately in his glorious autism has a tendency to spend 40+ pages building an argument that then hits a climax in a singular sentence. It’s cool but as I’m sure you can imagine it really helps to have some idea where he is going conceptually, otherwise it just seems like autistic rambling


 No.26615

>>26584

It may seem like overkill, but what Marx does is to incorporate the "why" and the "how" into every step of the process. It absolutely requires constant rereading, but once you get it you really get it. I agree with you on using a primer.


 No.26671

File: 854c18d9e456e6d⋯.png (1.5 MB, 1074x1598, 537:799, CommunalistReadingList.png)

What books from Bookchin should I start with?


 No.26676

>>26671

I was a fan of ‘’’Communalism: The Democratic Dimension of Anarchism’’’

https://libcom.org/library/communalism-democratic-dimension-anarchism

And ‘’’Libertarian Municipalism: The Politics of Social Ecology’’’

It’s hard to find a pdf version of this. It was technically written by Janet Biehl, an understudy of Bookchins, though Bookchin has much input in it. I have a pdf on my home comp I can post though when I get home

>>26615

It’s genious work there’s no doubt about it.


 No.26717

>>26671

Wow, thank you so much for compiling this. I have only read random pamphlets and excerpts from random parts of Bookchins life so far. This helps a lot.

Although maybe we should abandon pepe? Could the smiling Bookchin OC work better?


 No.26852

>>26505

>>25973

>>26584

So is it decided? Start with a Wage Labor and Capital reading group?


 No.26859

>>26852

Yes please!

>>26717

>abandon pepe

Off to the gulag you go


 No.26895

>>26717

>Although maybe we should abandon pepe?

Why?


 No.26910

>>26852

A /leftpol/ core should include it and it's probably good for newfags to get acquainted with. I think a well rounded reading would be

Wage Labor and Capital, Value Price and Profit, and Critique of the Gotha Programe

What is Property?

Anarchy

Conquest of Bread

Ego and it's Own

State and Revolution

About the Platform

Capital Abridged with the intent to read the whole thing later

Origin of Private Property and the State

This would give a good foundation of Marxist and Anarchist thought and be able to prep into more specific texts later.

>>26895

PR probably. I don't see the issue for a chan but if we were spreading it outside I'd drop it to avoid being associated with the aut-right.


 No.27102

currently reading "The Deindustrialization of America" by Bluestone and Harrison. It's fairly outdated but still relevant because it outlines and explains a lot of the economic problems in America that got us to where we are today.

Would post a pdf here but libgen doesn't have it unfortunately.


 No.27115

Does anyone here have a epub or mobi of capitalist realism?


 No.27349

>>26910

I'd be really enthusiastic too about a reading group for these texts, hope we can get it going


 No.27412

>>27349

me too, I've read only Marx and most of the spook book out of the list


 No.27453

File: 3854bd577bf779d⋯.png (58.53 KB, 673x755, 673:755, leftybook.png)

>>26852

here's what I've written for a potential OP of the reading group thread, ideas, suggestions, corrections, additions?

the topic of the thread will be /leftybook/ and the image(s) a suitable cover of the book and possibly a cute anime girl

I'm going to sleep now, if there is interest I'll post the thread tomorrow with corrections.


 No.27458

>>27453

Sounds good to me, I'm still on board.


 No.27716

experimental reading group thread here >>27714

go post your questions and insights there on Wage, Labour and Capital


 No.28100

Someone donated a bunch of Trotskyist lit to my local sabotcat book fair. I’m not a trot so should I go for it? Been meaning to read Trotsky’s account of the Russian revolution for a while now.


 No.28125

>>28100

> Trotsky’s account of the Russian revolution

is good. Otherwise, it's trash that you can safely ignore.


 No.28236

>>28125

>it's trash that you can safely ignore.

trotsky would have been the man that would have made the ussr not suck, if you dont realize that, youre a fucking moron, a terrible leftcom, and probably a /pol/ shill…


 No.28282

>>28236

>trotsky would have been the man that would have made the ussr not suck,

great man theory is of no use to a socialist


 No.28284

>>28282

if trotsky was a "great man" according great man theory the ussr would have actually not sucked, trotsky was a great man regardless because his ideology was the next logical step of socialism after leninism [and marxisim] but he was not great enough to prevent stalin from applying his own ideology instead, its truly the most regrettable turn of events in the history of the ussr.


 No.28286

>>28284

as a side note, i personally consider this board the home of the fourth international, whether or not the rest of you realize it.


 No.28300

>>28236

Trotsky was just as bad as Stalin, he just never had the man's resources.

>>28284

> his ideology was the next logical step of socialism after leninism [and marxisim]

Yeahhhhhhh, no.

>>28286

Oh, you were just taking the piss. All right, then.


 No.28399


 No.28458

>>1134

>Bowling for Columbine but no Ken Loach

Also everyone watch Ken Loach


 No.28485

>>26910

>I'd drop it to avoid being associated with the aut-right

>>>/I’mWithHer/


 No.28490

>>28300

you cant be that unironically stupid

take your ass back to /pol/


 No.28535

File: ee42b86450cff56⋯.png (86.61 KB, 930x753, 310:251, rgf645jh778.png)


 No.28536

File: dddd937d821d47d⋯.png (244.64 KB, 365x765, 73:153, the fuck is this.png)

>>28535

what am i supposed to be looking at here


 No.28557

>>28536

be careful, comrade, this is weapons grade autism!


 No.28696

>>28535

What the fuck, I actually kek'd


 No.28697

>>28535

is it loss?


 No.28698

>>28485

He has a point though, if the purpose is to spread something among the general public (including people not familiar with chan humor) we should leave out whatever unnecessarily gives a negative impression.


 No.28700

>>28300

>Trotsky was just as bad as Stalin

[citation needed]


 No.28716


 No.28792

I didn't know that you liberals could read. Maybe that explains it


 No.28847

File: d39c1604de40e00⋯.jpg (10.51 KB, 104x220, 26:55, e8e04f2ece9234ad12bc92fbdf….jpg)

>>28792

>liberals


 No.28986

File: 1c616f122a31ab5⋯.png (233.74 KB, 620x640, 31:32, 1c616f122a31ab591ca3b639ac….png)

>>28716

ITT: we post unrelated wiki articles to answer questions


 No.30003

>>28792

The fact that we can read only explains that we're not liberals.


 No.30034

Not lefty-related, and please don't call me idpol for asking this here (I hate idpol as much as the next guy) but does anyone happen to know some titles of scientific studies which prove that sexual orientation isn't a choice?

Getting real tired of M-Ls who are reactionary about gay rights just because "muh lenin didn't like gays either and this had NOTHING to do with him living in the early 20th century"


 No.30102

Im looking for leftist literature on education reform. Books, pamphlets, articles, whatever. I wanna send it to some friends to try to bring them over to the cause. Most are Bernie supporters already so I hope with a little help I can make true Comrades out of them.


 No.30214

>>30102

The Falling Rate of Learning by David Blacker


 No.30226

File: 3855d34507a5020⋯.pdf (2.2 MB, The Ignorant Schoolmaster.pdf)

>>30102

this is leftist and education related but I'm not sure if it's what you are looking for

good book nontheless


 No.30317

>>30226

Thank you. I will be sure to read it and sent it along.


 No.30964

File: b225dc2e84c7293⋯.jpg (49.25 KB, 750x1000, 3:4, brainlet.jpg)

Good morning fellas. New to all this rubbish and I read in one of the /leftypol/ book threads that "Socialism: Utopian and Scientific" was a solid starting point. Been reading through it and found myself skipping through a good chunk of it because, to be blunt, it just comes off as philosophical wank that I just can't comprehend.

Is there stuff I should be reading prior to this, is it a shit starting point or am I just a fucking moron?


 No.30989

>>30964

check out book thread here >>27714

Wage & Labour and Capital is a good place to start, very practical and understandable without prior knowledge


 No.31008

Is The Concept of the Political, or anything else by Carl Schmitt worth reading?


 No.31192

>>30989

This, and also "Value, Price and Profit".


 No.31865

>>28536

Charlie Hebdo


 No.32071

File: 1961c2a23d6f687⋯.jpg (26.45 KB, 328x499, 328:499, 41W-0XB-m2L__SX326_BO1,204….jpg)

File: 67293da52863f04⋯.pdf (1.51 MB, [Richard_Nisbett]_The_Geog….pdf)

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why

by Richard E. Nisbett


 No.32131

File: 067e62a1ca0aa2f⋯.jpg (167.25 KB, 482x773, 482:773, catholicisms-communist-sai….jpg)

>>1128

>I started reading Thomas More's Utopia recently and was wondering if we could get a thread going about left wing literature. Anyone else read this and have thoughts on the book? Can it be considered proto-socialist?

maaah nigga!!!

Been hitting /christian/ with this meme for some time to no avail, of course Anything leftist triggers the Russians there … understandably, I guess … as well as the /pol/


 No.32769

>>32714

Hitler approved of the bourgeoisie. His problem was that in his opinion it had too many Jews, and too few Germans in it.

He tried to fix that in the most retarded way possible.


 No.32858

>>32131

>no fashion

Only thing I can't get behind.


 No.33037

>>32071

Is this another "the collectivist yellows are creatively sterile and can only improve on what the white man has first accomplished" type of propaganda?


 No.33613

>>33037

No, really it is not that lefty at all, other then an addendum debunking racial heredity of intelligence.


 No.33751

Do we have any entry-level spoonfeed me plz tier reading lists?


 No.34336

File: 9078a216decc71b⋯.jpg (451.34 KB, 1310x1300, 131:130, 1487273776155.jpg)

File: d2a0a3d33ea2d56⋯.png (616.01 KB, 1088x735, 1088:735, An_Anarcho_Primitivist_Rea….png)

File: 31d69304dde64a4⋯.jpg (200.47 KB, 1074x1598, 537:799, Arn5Hz7.jpg)

File: 1e779d68e8c7a4d⋯.png (3.77 MB, 900x2648, 225:662, Collection_of_Marxism.png)

File: 5d0d1a4f9bbb8f9⋯.jpg (2.93 MB, 2880x2016, 10:7, Leftist_Books.jpg)


 No.34337

File: 1976df024d53d5d⋯.jpg (271.82 KB, 1090x1389, 1090:1389, Non-Tumblr_Feminism.jpg)

File: 0cebdfd4efccfee⋯.jpg (319.22 KB, 1151x1200, 1151:1200, Radical_and_Progressive_Bo….jpg)

File: 7ea77808cf82d1d⋯.png (1.54 MB, 1575x1555, 315:311, The_Empirical_Marxist_Read….png)

File: 8ffe9a58b479798⋯.jpg (2.47 MB, 2016x2880, 7:10, Leftist_Literature.jpg)


 No.34373

>>34336

Thanks but only #1 & #4 have intro books and even then it's a tad intimidating (dear I say it, off-putting) because there's so many to pick from. I'm reading Wage Labour and Capital right now but I'm wondering what would be the right direction to go in after finishing and I don't really have the spare time to experiment with every single listed book.


 No.34595

>>34373

>No! Too many books!

I get that. Follow your own interests. After awhile you'll narrow in on what excites you.

>reading Wage Labour and Capital right now but I'm wondering what would be the right direction to go in after finishing

The Production of Absolute Surplus Value, Engels

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/1868-syn/ch03.htm

The Production of Relative Surplus Value, Engels

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/1868-syn/ch04.htm


 No.35336

File: 13aea86be90a4ea⋯.pdf (191.5 KB, ted-kaczynski-the-truth-ab….pdf)

>>34336

>anprim

"The Truth About Primitive Life: A Critique of Anarchoprimitivism" should definitely be on the list.


 No.35856

In case anyone is interested, here's the full online archive of the leftist magazine Radical Philosophy

https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/category/issues

http://www.openculture.com/2018/03/the-entire-archives-of-radical-philosophy-go-online.html


 No.35939

File: 84ac22d3979102b⋯.jpg (22.77 KB, 220x327, 220:327, 220px-1984first.jpg)

So I read 1984 a few years ago, and I remember hearing Orwell was a socialist, but nothing political really jumped out at me. It just sounds like the NSA taken to its logical conclusion. Did I miss anything?


 No.36121

>>35939

1984 should be understood as Orwell criticizing the USSR. here's a review Asimov wrote of it.

http://www.newworker.org/ncptrory/1984.htm


 No.36134

>>36121

Tankies can say Orwell knew very little about the soviet union, wrongly sympathized with Trotsky, the USSR wasn't at all like he described, but at the same time it's amusing to know that if Oceania did exist exactly as he described, Tankies would defend it to their last breath using their usual assortment of strategies.


 No.36486

>>36121

Thanks, that clears it up a bit.


 No.37844

Can anybody recommend some books on the Years of Lead, or the modern Italian Left in general?


 No.38747

File: 9f240ef228380ce⋯.jpg (20.38 KB, 337x499, 337:499, 411H1YB9lnL__SX335_BO1,204….jpg)

>>37844

http://en.bookfi.net/book/827463

Reprint of writings from the timeframe and place you mention.

A bit of a mixed bag as anthologies tend to be.


 No.40041

>/lit/ thread

>Only theory

Jesus christ, have some fucking fan once in a while nerds


 No.40042

>>40041

Fun*

But seriously, only reading this shit melts your brain


 No.40123

>>40041

it's not because it's not ITT that we don't read fiction

the thing is that fiction often doesn't follow a specific political position so most of it doesn't belong here


 No.40125

>>40041

>>/lit/ thread

>>Only theory

the book in the OP hardly counts as theory. And if you have any good works of lefty fiction to contribute no one's stopping you.


 No.40149

File: c958fc4aa9a367e⋯.jpeg (5.1 KB, 225x225, 1:1, images (6).jpeg)

>>40125

>And if you have any good works of lefty fiction to contribute no one's stopping you.

I don't think he gets mentioned in these threads, but the works of Upton Sinclair should be mandatory reading, especially the jungle.


 No.40627

Lads, any books on Nihilism?


 No.40680

>>40627

nihilists don't need books


 No.40907

>>40627

Fathers and sons


 No.41184

>>40627

maybe Genealogy of Morals


 No.41254

>>40627

do you mean nihilism as a positively held philosophical position or analysed by philosophy? for the former, i would recommend Deleuze and Heidegger's books on Nietzsche. although they aren't really positive understandings/formulations of nihilism as a philosophical position, arguably Nietzsche is a foremost thinker to understand in order to understand/think nihilism. A bit higher tech/difficulty is Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound, he actually is a nihilist. There's also Eugene Thacker's books (The Horror of Philosophy Trilogy, After Life), although he considers himself more of a ("cosmic") pessimist, he tends to be more positive towards Schopenhauer than anyone.

as for philosophy analysing Nihilism, many of Nietzsche's books, particularly the Will to Power do this. There is also Alenka Zupancic's book on Nietzsche, The Shortest Shadow.


 No.41268

Honestly anything worth reading or watching is usually leftist at its core. Why? Because the truth sets people free.


 No.42100

>>41254

As a philosophical position. Also thank you for the recommendations comrade


 No.42496

File: 927bb0ba6487219⋯.jpg (13.92 KB, 188x300, 47:75, turgenev.jpg)

File: 8e62d679fe5db2e⋯.pdf (331.93 KB, fathers and sons turgenev.pdf)

>>40907

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev is a book worth reading. I read it years ago. The death of the doctor character parallels the real life death of a colleague of Semmelweiss, Jakob Kolletschka.


 No.42816

>>42496

I'm in page 41 of Fathers and Sons, its pretty good comrade.


 No.44169

>>26505

I wouldn't consider Critique of the Gotha Program to be introductory. I read it when I was first getting into Marx and was only able to get surface deep into it, because it calls on a lot of concepts from past works that you won't pick up on when you're new. Rereading it recently, I definitely think it's better saved for after you've read at least most introductory Marx works.


 No.44172

>>30964

Most people here will disagree, but honestly read the manifesto. Understand it's purpose, and read through it. It's pretty short and written for the average person, and will give you some basic knowledge of Marxism(especially the political and revolutionary side of Marxism, remember "Every class struggle is a political struggle). After that I would go for Principles of Communism. Another simple work that will give you an even stronger base understanding, and sets you up for all of the other works.


 No.44174

For anyone who has read Marx's main economic works, Capital, Gundrisse, Manuscripts etc. "Capital and Community" by Jacques Camatte essentially ties them all together in a coherent study of capital, going through the different methods Marx used to analyze it in his different works. Definitely an interesting read and recommended.


 No.44294

>>44174

So are you saying that book by Camatte is good as an introduction? Or is it better to have read those works by Marx first?


 No.44300

>>44294

No not a good introduction at all, it assumes a pretty good understanding of all of Marx's economic theories and it's pretty dense. It's more of a higher level connection of Marx's different economic works, and then goes into more Camatte-ish stuff. If you are actually an-prim though Camatte is often said to be a big inspiration in that circle so I would recommend reading him at some point. "Against Domestication" is a good one.


 No.44666

>>44300

Okay thanks

>If you are actually an-prim

nah it's basically a meme flag, although ecology and critique of technology does interest me


 No.44979

File: f2fe8cdd0310e83⋯.jpg (453.95 KB, 1434x2000, 717:1000, top-10-critical-theorists-….jpg)

Anything in specific I can read/watch to get a better understanding of Walter Benjamin? I've watched John Berger's Ways Of Seeing which helped me to understand The Work of Art. Would like to delve into Benjamin's other writings, but his writing style always gives me the feeling that there's a lot of subtleties I'm missing out on. (I'm planning to read Short History of Photography and his essays on history/language next)


 No.45199

File: 5d2e5ec8980b2ec⋯.pdf (3.16 MB, Capital and community by C….pdf)

>>44174

>"Capital and Community" by Jacques Camatte

Can y'all post PDF's?


 No.45313

File: b0341e37c42e6cc⋯.jpg (223.2 KB, 1849x906, 1849:906, virgin chomsky vs chad par….jpg)

I ordered To Kill a Nation by mail and my dad said "this book arrived, it really seems like conspiracy theory stuff based on the back cover". I think he's worried about me now

Serious question though how reliable is parenti?


 No.45327

>>45313

>How reliable is parenti

To kill a nation is the worst. Michael Parenti wrote that less than 3,000 Bosniacs were murdered in the genocide which is less than the number of bodies excavated, let alone estimates including missing persons. in Just Srebenica more than 8,000 were killed. Parenti also claims 3,000 Serb civilians were murdered in Bosniac raids, which is just him repeating unfounded serb propaganda.


 No.45329

>>45327

>To kill a nation is the worst.

Well fuck, bad choice to buy that one first then (especially since I already had the pdf). So what's the best, blackshirts & reds? Should all his books be taken with a large grain of salt?

In TKAN does he at least bring up some good points about NATO or is it mere mindless tankyism?


 No.45581

>>45329

He does a pretty good job on the geopolitical angle, making a good case against the USA, Nato, and the UN.


 No.45627

>>45329

TKAN was my introduction to Parenti and even though he does engage in quite a bit of Milosevic apologetics i'd still call it a useful resource for understanding how the west conspired against Yugoslavia.

Fool's Crusade by Diana Johnstone is similar in that regard as well.


 No.45701

File: 61fe28f80684951⋯.pdf (234.64 KB, Baudrillard on Bataille & ….pdf)

MARXISM IS PETIT-BOURGEOUIS

Become a Baudrillardian Post-Marxist today


 No.45985

John Zerzan wrote a new book called a people's history of civilization and I want to read it for the memes but it's not out yet.


 No.46314

No, It's not pro socialist because it's a work of fiction, not a work of nonfiction.


 No.46409

File: 566db2a50a67886⋯.png (423.12 KB, 500x340, 25:17, sankara confused.png)


 No.47468

Where can I get an honest critique of the soviet union


 No.47586

>>47468

PragerU

Turning Point USA

Black Book of Communism


 No.48632

>>47586

True, everybody needs a little comedy and fantasy in their life. Fucking pragerU? Are you a brainlet?

>>47468

Personally I like pannekoek. Others will swarm me with pancake jokes


 No.48970

Leftist litterature? the guy was a Catholic fanatic that arrested Protestants


 No.49477

>>48970

Protestants are spiritual liberals and have always been fervent supporters of capitalism with few exceptions.


 No.49548

File: 449766ae5358412⋯.jpg (166.58 KB, 1202x1102, 601:551, karl the marx of russia.jpg)

I know Herbert Marcuse is often seen as a crypto-liberal CIA shill, but I've been reading some critical theory lately so maybe wanna check him out too. Anyone who has actually read Marcuse? Thoughts on him?


 No.50350

File: fb7f37c10e74b6f⋯.jpg (105.35 KB, 940x645, 188:129, 666 trillion.jpg)

Anyone here have a decent history of modern China, preferably covering from the fall of the Qing Dynasty to Mao's revolution to Deng's counterrevolution? Hard to find anything that's not "Mao killed 666 times more than Hitler lol". I'd like something written by a leftist or at least a sympathizer, but not Grover Furr tier worship.


 No.50391

File: 628d7e72d776892⋯.png (119.77 KB, 500x467, 500:467, ThotPatrolHighScore.png)

>>50350

>that image

Not posting the better one


 No.50468

>>50391

>Incel socialism.jpg


 No.50519

>>50468

Talki about it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-2HtTLexFE think we can use this?


 No.50550

File: 1744d4a9d6320f9⋯.png (23.56 KB, 358x479, 358:479, ClipboardImage.png)

I'm not sure if this is the place for it, but I'll ask anyways.

I was at work today and was talking to my coworker/roommate about how much I hate reading things on my computer, and the idea hit me to just look into printing and binding my own copies from my yuge PDF stash of mostly leftist political and philosophy books.

How hard would this be to do and how much would I have to invest? also would anyone be interested in such a thing? I cant be the only one who hates e-reading. and before anyone ask I'm not interested in making profit off it, (I already make enough to keep the lights on) probably just a pay what you want kind of deal with the minimum being shipping and printing cost

lemme know what you think anons :)


 No.50639

>>50550

You mean like printing things? I do this all the time but there’s limitations. I use my work printers cuz they’re “free”. Also what I do is copy the text into Microsoft word in order to reformat it so it takes up less paper. Takes a while but it’s worth it. Furthermore I don’t print things like das kapital cuz that’s just too much. Buy that off amazon or something.


 No.51558

>>50350

Fanshen by William Hinton describes the rural reforms and social change brought about from the Chinese revolution. It was a pretty good read last time I remember.


 No.52303

File: 850440e10a4fdfc⋯.webm (3.99 MB, 480x360, 4:3, pol_af.webm)


 No.52430

>>16039

Most just jump straight into Evola and get lost, then they never read again


 No.53548

Hey, can I get some help? I need to find pdfs of the following, since I'm too retarded to find pdfs on my own:

Marxism and the National Question by Stalin

Dialectical and Historical Materialism by Stalin

Dance of the Dialectic by Bertell Ollman

Dialectical Logic by Alexannder Spirkin

Finance Capital by Hilferding

Unfinished Leninism by Paul Le Blanc

Building the Party by Tony Cliff

All Power to the Soviets by Tony Cliff

Revolution Besieged by Tony Cliff

The Russian Revolution and Leninism or Marxism? By Luxemburg

Selected Writings by Alexandra Kollontai

Reclaiming Marx's Capital by Andrew Kliman

Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm

Slavoj Žižek presents Mao


 No.53549

>>53548

Some of these (at least Stalin and Luxemburg) should be on marxists.org


 No.53551

>>53549

Not as pdfs


 No.53733

File: e65e4f7a9cd5a0a⋯.pdf (11.01 MB, (Revolutions) Mao Tse-Tung….pdf)


 No.53829

>>53733

Thanks comrade


 No.53957

What are some good books about the history of Soviet Union? I'd like to read something a bit more objective, not just full of criticism or praise.


 No.54526


 No.54527


 No.54529

>>54527

I dont know why but pdfs are not posting sorry


 No.55536

What's the best book to get into /basick economicks/?


 No.56005

File: ab4707eea0b8b32⋯.pdf (124.75 KB, European Lone Actor Terror….pdf)

Enjoy.

>>55536

This would be appreciated by me as well.


 No.56382

File: a4879f06a0370b1⋯.png (156.56 KB, 500x294, 250:147, tumblr_nly2r2iQ2k1r2fulpo1….png)

When Slavery is Socialist


 No.56430

File: 936d6e1eada8e8d⋯.pdf (2.43 MB, Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf ….pdf)

File: fd44b641c888903⋯.pdf (1.29 MB, Corneliu Zelea Codreanu - ….pdf)

File: 80fe494a7bde9c2⋯.pdf (1.97 MB, George Lincoln Rockwell - ….pdf)

File: 8ad7eda702b14dd⋯.pdf (2.03 MB, George Lincoln Rockwell - ….pdf)

File: d8fee09493aee48⋯.pdf (548.43 KB, Helmuth Stellrecht - Faith….pdf)


 No.56435

File: 15e0aa20b7502a7⋯.pdf (802.08 KB, Fascist Economics and Soci….pdf)

File: e1304df85813f37⋯.pdf (8.1 MB, IronMarch - A Squire's Tri….pdf)

File: 4bf7e166b063432⋯.pdf (2.33 MB, Sir Oswald Mosley - The Gr….pdf)

File: 4c6e76b4a378290⋯.pdf (1.89 MB, The Myth of the Twentieth ….pdf)


 No.56437

File: 34786de9c1419be⋯.pdf (306.5 KB, Oswald Spengler - Prussian….pdf)

File: c8da583966eab1c⋯.pdf (519.18 KB, The programme of the NSDAP.pdf)

File: f2d72f16456a9f6⋯.pdf (604.09 KB, José Antonio Primo de Rive….pdf)

File: c2c7f52b8f50e44⋯.pdf (2.34 MB, A National Policy - Oswald….pdf)

File: 4ce41aad64cd7e9⋯.pdf (846.02 KB, Julius Evola - Fascism Vie….pdf)


 No.56517

File: fafefaad693e0d9⋯.jpg (7.22 KB, 240x210, 8:7, follow your leader.jpg)


 No.56541

>>56430

>>56435

>>56437

Slavs>This Anglo Shit


 No.58156

any good anti-market stuff?


 No.58278

File: 5c2ec4f5b38c5e0⋯.jpg (191.27 KB, 1100x1650, 2:3, What'sTHeMatterWithKansas.jpg)

Just read this book, gotta say it’s pretty good. Gives a pretty good explanation for Burger conservatism and how to combat it. (focus on class, and ignore idpol)


 No.58332

>>58156

Depends, what exactly are you looking for?


 No.58612

>>58332

looking for something to counter lolberts mostly


 No.61304

What is the best edition / translation of Capital?


 No.61695

>>61304

Marx was a drunken useless abuser who preyed on the resentments of other useless people to create a shit ideology that has killed 200 million and counting.

There is no good edition


 No.61706

>>61695

>200 million

nice meme


 No.61922

File: 0a3395217f45aa8⋯.jpg (128.33 KB, 800x1228, 200:307, Dilemmas_of_Lenin_(PB_Edit….jpg)

recently picked this up, any thoughts on the book/author?

>>61706

>from one hundred million to two hundred million in just a few years

pretty amazing that Marx was able to murder so many people from beyond the grave in such a short time period


 No.61943

Anyone here familiar with the late historian Eric Hobsbawm? I read a lot of endorsements of him, though he's also an anti-Stalin Marxist.

I checked out Nations and Nationalism since 1780, On Empire, and Age of Empire 1875-1914 from the library, and Also read the preface he wrote to an edition of the communist manifesto. Although I'm not familiar with the subjects, It's clear to see he has an amazing wealth of knowledge. "No historian now writing in English can match his overwhelming command of fact and source. But the key word is 'command'. "Hobsbawm's capacity to store and retrieve detail has now reached a scale normally approached only by large archives with big staffs"


 No.61994

>>61943

yes, Hobsbawm's 'long 19th century' trilogy is excellent for a broad understanding of the 19th century.

strongly recommended.

are you insinuating that being anti-Stalin is somehow inherently bad? a lot of rather unfortunate stuff happened under his rule, and not all can be excused with rapid industrialisation and the nazi menace


 No.62063

>>61943

>though he's also an anti-Stalin Marxist.

I wouldn't even bother to read a historian who's a pro-Stalin "marxist" lmao


 No.62149

For some insane reason I want to actually read Hegel instead of reading about him. Where do I start and how do I stay sane whilst doing so?


 No.62211

I herd u liek books

>>>/litpat/

For anyone who liked cuckchan's literature board before /pol/yps destroyed any meaningful discussion.


 No.62986

>>62983

your home board, /b/ is cancer and you should feel bad


 No.63115

File: da8fb5175f607d9⋯.jpg (36.75 KB, 332x499, 332:499, 519AJju20sL._SX330_BO1,204….jpg)

>The Iranian revolution of 1979 is sometimes spoken of as the third great revolution of modern times, after the French and the Russian. The interpretation of all three of these revolutions will always be controversial, but many people still broadly think of the first two in terms set out by Karl Marx in the nineteenth century. According to that analysis, the French revolution was a bourgeois revolution, in which the perennially rising middle class pushed aside the old forms of feudalism and asserted its growing economic power in political terms, setting up the forms of representative government and establishing the bourgeois class and capitalist economics as dominant for the period that followed. The Russian revolution, following on from the French, was the proletarian revolution predicted by Marx, bringing in an era of socialist government in the interest of the working class, at least according to the theory.

These crude characterizations conceal many contradictions. Even a cursory reading of the events of the French revolution shows the way that the populists exploiting the militant influence of the urban poor of Paris (and the threat of war from France's enemies) diverted the revolution away from the principles of bourgeois liberalism toward terror, political murder and repression. One of its prime outcomes was a redistribution of land to peasant farmers that in the long run had profoundly conservative and anti-capitalist consequences.

<implying that this is somehow contradictory to the idea of a bourgeois revolution

<implying that tyranny and political murder has nothing to do with liberalism

Don't you just love it when "experts" feel the need to go off topic and opine about leftist theories they don't understand just to take cheap digs at Marx? This was taken straight from chapter one and already i hate this guy


 No.63136

>>63115

According to Marx, Marx is always right, so when you say Marx is wrong, you don't understand Marx as Marx understood that Marx is always right. Any opinion to the contrary is bourgeois propaganda and totally invalid.


 No.63287

File: 01aabfddff82ac6⋯.jpg (21.2 KB, 600x647, 600:647, 4ab.jpg)

>>63136

>Marx said jews need to be genocided. What, you say that's factually wrong? Oh i guess it's all "bourgeois propaganda" huh?

>Nah you can't learn anything about what Marx actually thought by reading his books


 No.63290


 No.63726

Every leftist revolutionary should confront In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities.

You can get it on libgen.


 No.64121

File: 9ace3a53c4366ec⋯.pdf (3.83 MB, Baudrillard_Jean_In_the_Sh….pdf)

File: 030c419a4f570cf⋯.pdf (806.79 KB, Baudrillard_Symbolic_Excha….pdf)

File: 2d41acd76b37f3c⋯.pdf (6.58 MB, Baudrillard_The_Spirit_of_….pdf)

File: 8c68f451951aa48⋯.pdf (188.54 KB, baudrillardsimulacraandsim….pdf)

>>63726

here it is along with some other wacky baudrillard stuff


 No.64123

File: 4f90703bd872c62⋯.pdf (3.78 MB, Bourdieu_Pierre_On_Televis….pdf)


 No.64364

I'm reading Bruce Watson's book on Nicola and Bart and I'm 50 pages in and taking a break. I'm not sure if the author deserves a bullet. He claims anarchism as a sort of religion and uses one worded quotes in ways that pisses me off to no end. He also implies that anarchists started WWI which I highly doubt. Yet at the same time he admitted the murders of Socialists and lynchings of the Italians in the Red scares. One moment I'm tend to think that he is /ourguy/ but at another I see him countersignalling in his writings. Is it just me?


 No.64365

>>64364

At the same time these books have editors so I'll give the author a benefit of a doubt and give the editor a bullet for being such a obtuse faggot.


 No.65949

test


 No.66772

>>20082

1) slavery was never OK

2) a society with slavery can never and will never be socialist. it's just some utopian garbage


 No.66853

>>66772

Where did the poster you reply to defend slavery? Have you heard of the expression "throwing away the baby with the bath water"? The book was a product of its time. Dismissing everything in it because it doesn't reject slavery is on par with dismissing Marx because he didn't embrace gay rights.

Also obviously future socialist societies won't have slavery, but it's enormously idealist to think a society is not socialist anymore as soon as some things that are "not OK" happen in it. That would imply the USSR's economy stopped being socialist because the Great Purge happened.


 No.66869

>>66853

>it's enormously idealist to think a society is not socialist anymore as soon as some things that are "not OK" happen in it

slavery is a completely different mode of production you dumb fuck, it's not about morality

>would imply the USSR's economy stopped being socialist because the Great Purge happened

>implying the soviet economy was ever socialist


 No.67264

>>66869

>slavery is a completely different mode of production

which is identified by Marx and Engels as being characteristic of the Greek city states and early Rome. are you seriously about to argue that any society, like that of More's time, or of the United States starting from its birth, had the same mode of production as Greece and Rome just by virtue of having slavery?


 No.67498

File: 6444c2a23c26da5⋯.png (1.57 MB, 1686x2400, 281:400, 010.png)

Is there any literature, or text book on the practical application of psychoanalysis in your inventory?


 No.67566

File: 1eece9f2fb9c75e⋯.pdf (5.6 MB, 2007 Fundamentals of Psych….pdf)

File: 0a70d632bd8918e⋯.pdf (392.74 KB, (Summertalk) Alenka Zupanc….pdf)

>>67498

'A Clinical Introduction', which is of particular interest, is too big to upload so I uploaded it, alongside other files, here: https://volafile.org/r/kmczhu74

Start with that one. 'Why Psychoanalysis' is the most abstract, but it's short and insightful, and well worth reading.

The other two are supplementary.


 No.68778

>>1128

this shit is 8 months old and you are still talking here wtf i havent read nothing but i assume you must be off-topic af. boards like this sucks wouldn't you like more varied posts (those usually do not get much attention) instead of focusing on old ass threads?


 No.68865

>>68778

It's the general thread for leftist literature, there is a fuck ton of other threads. Are you baiting or fucking retarded?


 No.69667

File: 8470a039fef9589⋯.pdf (10.38 MB, Blackshirts_and_Reds.pdf)

File: fef62d9fdab76fc⋯.jpg (12.98 KB, 480x360, 4:3, PARENTI.jpg)


 No.70390

File: e249f969d8bf178⋯.jpg (20.47 KB, 305x400, 61:80, losurdo.jpg)


 No.70961

File: 216c2eaff4cedd7⋯.jpg (7.16 KB, 284x75, 284:75, vidyautism.jpg)

>>1134

>Pather panchali

>Leftist

How? And Who made this ?


 No.71271

File: 85303ebbaf9f662⋯.jpg (63.57 KB, 420x280, 3:2, 1445412142001.jpg)

>>63115

How's the rest of the book though?


 No.72362

Yo fags, got any bools on the Soviet Economy?


 No.72392

Another View of Stalin https://stalinsocietypk.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/another-view-of-stalin1.pdf Fraud, Famine, & Fascism http://www.garethjones.org/tottlefraud.pdf Restoration of Capitalism to USSR http://www.oneparty.co.uk/html/book/ussrmenu.html

Arguably the most important books in combating anti-tankie myths.


 No.72396

>>72362

The third link is all about the shift from socialism to market socialism my nikitia khrushchev.


 No.73788


 No.74268

>>56517

8 decades later, soyboys still mad


 No.74312

>>74268

Why are /pol/acks more obsessed with soy than even soyboys? Also, didn't the Nazis actively promote eating soybeans over meat?


 No.74391

>>74312

The whole movement is manufactured propaganda and literally the only things tying them together are racism and anti-progressivism and in particular, their shared believe that they are manly types and their enemies are these effeminate "soyboys" which they believe compromises the whole of the leftwing demographics.


 No.74392

And btw, it's pretty funny how the fat cat billionaires managed to convince these /pol/acks that leftists are a bunch of "soyboys", when in fact if you look at history, we be far surpass them in terms of manly deeds.

These /pol/acks only commit their atrocities when they already hold military superiority. Leftist regimes rose up from nothing, from underdogs to empires in a span of a few years, risking everything.

Even the ideology. Leftism rejects authority. Right-wing ideologies preach that /pol/acks should be subservient to their masters.

But we are the "soyboys", lol.


 No.74813

>>74392

You are soyboys because you are weak and effeminate, every successful "left-wing" revolution end up being militaristic cult of personality right afterwards anyway, you would be the first one to be purged by your "comrades".


 No.74837

>>74813

>weak and effeminate

rude

>militaristic cult of personality

good to know that fascists are also soyboys then


 No.74877

File: 92c0f8e597ae304⋯.mp4 (10.04 MB, 406x720, 203:360, brave kekistanis combattin….mp4)

File: 3c91ee90cde65cc⋯.jpg (190.2 KB, 1325x1255, 265:251, manly trump supporters.jpg)

File: 8ab4f4652a259b6⋯.jpg (54.36 KB, 600x620, 30:31, masculine kekistanis.jpg)

File: da9069ffa1fddfd⋯.jpg (208.92 KB, 1024x828, 256:207, kekistani alphamales.jpg)

File: 3046212de00fe02⋯.jpg (72.24 KB, 576x1024, 9:16, pol user.jpg)

>>74813

>rightard calling anyone else weak and effeminate

lmao


 No.74889

This is a literature thread.


 No.75408

File: ad4395dfe6bd9a3⋯.jpg (21.88 KB, 270x400, 27:40, 9781784787301.jpg)


 No.75485

File: cd3a3455ff4cf3b⋯.jpg (29.27 KB, 317x475, 317:475, 10185738.jpg)


 No.75507

>>74889

Correct.


 No.75611

File: d85e33294f8ad95⋯.jpeg (24.29 KB, 275x363, 25:33, 3E017974-6BD4-463E-809A-0….jpeg)

Did he ever make any writings?


 No.75683

File: f871b3b06397025⋯.jpeg (213.65 KB, 833x1280, 833:1280, serveimage-1.jpeg)


 No.75695

>>75683

Thank you, anona


 No.78491

Has anyone read "A Russian Tragedy" by Aleksandr Zinoviev? Is it any good?


 No.78597

take a blanke piece of paper whipe your ass with it an vola you have commie liturature


 No.78655


 No.80412

Can i shit in your moms mouth?


 No.80520

>>80412

And so on, and so on…


 No.80522

>>80520

"How to do things with shit", bashically

also >saging a sticky


 No.81954

>>80522

>leftists

>producing anything at all from any source of material

They are'nt called parasites for nothing, the rich only ever steals from the white men.


 No.82416

>>81954

are you sure dud?


 No.82645

File: b432e6fba3284bf⋯.jpg (16.97 KB, 190x266, 5:7, 518d13efdd100f44091c97f3fb….jpg)

>>81954

>thread full of leftist resources

>leftist resources don't exist


 No.82766

>>74392

>yo soros

<whats up bezos?

>those leftists on are really getting on to us

<yeah most definitely, we need to do something about this

>if we start calling them soyboys, then we can hide from the people that they're super ripped manly alpha's who aren't subservient to no one

<great idea bezos, i put my memetic operations squad right on it

This is what soyboys actually believe.


 No.82771


 No.82774

>>82771

All you ever do is complaining about how everything oppresses you and how it makes you so impotent that you need a complete overturning of the world to fix it. Sounds like a soyboy to me.


 No.82781

>>82774

"Fuck me Führer"

Sounds like a soyboy to me


 No.82783

File: 6dbf8ddf7222031⋯.png (Spoiler Image, 27.47 KB, 633x299, 633:299, girlsjustwanna.png)

>>82781

That sounds more like the love letters of which the Fuhrer received thousands. Or like a soyboy


 No.82800

>>82783

>the love letters of which the Fuhrer received [of which I would've written a lot of]

Glad to see you coming to terms with your projection.

Check mate


 No.82802

>>82800

>is so enamored with his fuhrer sex fantasies that he drops them at random

>accuses others of projection

Weak, like a soyboy.


 No.82810

>>82802

>sits and waits for half-assed responses to half-assed baits on a board he doesn't like

You can remedy your unfocused incel frustration by permitting yourself the courage to ask her out. Express your feelings, anon! Maybe she loves you back.


 No.82826

>>82810

Try it out then, I suppose it must work if I won't hear from you again.


 No.83306

>>8107

Plato's Republic is the Ur-Nazbol State Project.

>>40627

>>42100

True nihilism is the rejection of any sort of meaning or values which to guide one's life with. By rejecting everything in life as being equally worthless, you will either become an omnicidial maniac, commit suicide, or ascend into Nirvana.

But if you want some kind of "philosophy" that sees life as lacking a purpose, but not rejecting living life as an option, embrace Absurdism.

Existentialism has no answers, only questions. Hesse and Nietzsche inspire people to set down their own moral system, and to appreciate whatever happens, but they never actually talk about what should be done, or what makes most sense. Neither do Sartre or Heidegger.

Not even Gautama Buddha, Plato, or Jesus could solve the riddle of why life is something that should be embraced and be worth living, or why people should avoid death.

They all assume that Man seeks happiness and everlasting joy, and that death is something to be avoided.

Neither Marxism nor Randism will ever give your life a purpose, or make it feel like there is anything which is worth living for, other than vaguely defined dreams and hopes of "something better".

Therefore, live or live not. If you wish to live, you must already have something which you feel must be better than death. If you do not wish to live, and you see nothing in life as being worth spending time on, remember that there is nothing waiting for you on "the other side". It's not "better". It's not "worse". It's nothing. You cease to exist, and that's it.


 No.83332

Does anyone have a list of what would be considered “essential” anarchist reading? I’ve read Kropotkin’s Conquest of Bread and plan to reread it soon (I first read it when I was completely new to socialism so I will probably appreciate it more now).


 No.83613

File: f9b48268eba79da⋯.png (219.96 KB, 1000x2000, 1:2, anarchism reading list.png)

>>83332

This might help


 No.83927

File: b9c868c529c65a8⋯.jpg (20.95 KB, 800x575, 32:23, b9c868c529c65a846b389e2334….jpg)

>>82802

>muh soy


 No.83935

File: 86e699719dc7bbc⋯.jpg (1.37 MB, 1300x1427, 1300:1427, 2017-12-31_04-48-32.jpg)

File: 173d57e830e5fde⋯.jpg (370.65 KB, 1281x2048, 1281:2048, 19-33-32-24883214_16893713….jpg)

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File: 9e9ba280e260135⋯.jpg (1.8 MB, 2500x7500, 1:3, 9e9ba280e260135a96166d7749….jpg)

File: daf433206125e22⋯.jpg (950.39 KB, 1350x4400, 27:88, daf433206125e22694e827b518….jpg)


 No.83943

File: 06eb3fa4935e25f⋯.png (1.18 MB, 885x2890, 177:578, zizek reading list intro.png)

File: 1b6a6745e0b9cc1⋯.jpg (25.08 KB, 720x417, 240:139, FB_IMG_1522013029424.jpg)


 No.84795

File: 708a99cd15d8621⋯.pdf (3.34 MB, ANTIFA_Bray.pdf)

Here is the Anti Fascist handbook, real good, quality advice here.


 No.84959

>>83613

Do we have any more reading lists like this? I'd love to see/read more.

Also, would it be a good idea for me to start taking notes as I read?


 No.87316

File: 96e86e16011e52d⋯.pdf (138.73 KB, Ildjarn - Final Statement ….pdf)

Re-posting this from the anprim thread


 No.87368

>>87316

what the fuck is a bizarro nazbol


 No.88378

What books or texts (if any) are required reading before getting into Gramsci?


 No.88909

>>88378

First Bordiga

then Bordiga


 No.89489


 No.91369

>>83936

>naomi klein

>david harvey

jesus i almost thought this was a /pol/ parody lmao


 No.91375

>>74877

none of those people would attend a united-right rally, they are all moderate magapede tards… they are literally harmless nihlists


 No.91391

>>91375

They would, you retard, these are exactly the kind of social rejects you see in those rallies.

And as long as your special snowflake ideology doesn't criticize capitalism based on a serious and scientific class analysis of society, I couldn't care less about its contents. "Moderate" MAGA tards, meme fascists and dark enlightenment types are all useful idiots for the ruling elites to a similar extent.


 No.94220

Hey /leftypol/ I need a copy of this book to read.

https://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Theory-Popular-Culture-Introduction/dp/0415786630

Does anyone have a PDF or willing to scan and upload it?

This is what they're making university students read in Ontario in Canada btw. I looked through the contents of it. It's all marxist queer feminist theory, frankfurt school, post-structuralism, etc. in it and is blatantly far left about everything, but the politically correct kind. I want to read it myself and yet don't want to pay money for this. There is mention of Slavoj Zizek in it too I noticed when going through the contents.

Btw, this board is difficult to post on from Tor, and if I can post from Tor I can't post at all as in my country I'll be arrested for doing so (and yes, I used proxies before, and still got visited by secret services – but they never had on record anything from what I browsed with Tor).


 No.94250

File: a38b2dbe2557ad6⋯.pdf (3.67 MB, Endgame Volume 2 - Resista….pdf)

Anyone have a copy of Endgame Volume 1 by Derrick Jensen? I have Volume 2.


 No.94399

File: 659b2a68c51923f⋯.jpg (75.39 KB, 810x500, 81:50, Karl_Marx_810_500_75_s_c1 ….jpg)

File: cfab6ef679afa1a⋯.jpg (53.05 KB, 227x328, 227:328, Adolf_Hitler-1933.jpg)

File: 65a4fba9aea0629⋯.jpg (27.63 KB, 340x391, 20:23, wilhelmpieck.jpg)

File: 6db5127b3bd52c7⋯.jpg (260.43 KB, 1030x773, 1030:773, Riexinger_Referent.jpg)

Anyone have a book describing the history of socialism in Germany from Marx to reunification? Basically a book on German history from 1818-1990.




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