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Hello leftypol, we noticed an under-appreciation for the theory that upholds our political ideologies: As such, we have decided to revive the reading sticky! This thread will be dedicated to the sharing, discussing, and general banter about various leftist thinkers, theories, and political outlooks.

But, other than that, we believe there are other important reads that must be addressed, especially, for beginners and those just now getting into leftism.

Don't forget to check out >>>/edu/ for more reading and discussion!

Common Right Wing Talking Points Debunks

Check out the /edu/ thread at

Also see the relevant leftybooru tag
Add topics into the tag list to further narrow down your search!

Introduction to Marxism Reading List - Thanks to the /read/ matrix room (https://app.element.io/#/group/+leftyread:matrix.org)

Absolute Beginners Tier:

'Principles of Communism' by Friedrich Engels

'Three Source and Three Component Parts of Marxism' by V.I. Lenin

Not a book but Halim Alrah's youtube channel is good for the absolutely basics of Marxism but obviously not a replacement for reading

Marx and Engels Reading List

Tier 1:

'Manifesto of the Communist Party'

'Critique of the Gotha Programme'

'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific'

Tier 2:

'Wage Labour and Capital'

'Value, Price and Profit'

'Theses on Feuerback'

By this point you should have a good understanding of the basics of Marxism and are ready to branch out to other theorists and also read Capital.

Tier 3:

'Capital vol.1'

Lenin Reading List - By Moo (aka Zizekposter)

Lenin Essentials:

'State and Revolution'

'“Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder'

'Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism'

Petit Bourgeois Philistine Tier:

'What is to be done'

'The Proletarian Revolution and Renegade Kautsky'

'Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution'

ADHD Tier:

'Socialism and Religion'

'Zizek's Introduction to Revolution at the Gates'

'Revolutionary Adventurism'

MLM Reading List


Why MLM?

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course

'Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain'


'On Practice & Contradiction'

'On Guerrilla Warfare'

'On Protracted War'


'Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village'

'Red Star Over China' - Edgar Snow

'The Unknown Cultural Revolution' - Dongpin Han


Interview With Chairman Gonzalo

General line of the PCP

'Shining Path: Terror and Revolution in Peru' - Simon Strong


Operation “Green Hunt” in India

Eight Historic Documents (AZAD)

'Urban Perspective'


Araling Aktibista - Activist Study ARAK

'Stand for Socialism Against Modern Revisionism'

'Philippine Society and Revolution'
https://bannedthought.net/Philippines/CPP/1970s PhilippineSocietyAndRevolution-4ed.pdf

Political Economy:

'Rethinking Socialism' – Deng-yuan Hsu & Pao-yu Ching

'China: A Modern Social-Imperialist Power' - CPI(Maoist)

'Maoist Economics & the Revolutionary Road to Communism' - The Shanghai Textbook

Leftcom Reading Lists

r/marxism101's reading list:

r/bruhinternational's reading list:


'The Democratic Principle'

'Proletarian Dictatorship and Class Party'

'The Spirit of Horsepower'

'Report on Fascism'


'The Lyons Theses'

'Theory and Action in Marxist Doctrine'

'Dialogue with Stalin'


'World Revolution and Communist Tactics'

'Party and Class'

Herman Gorter:

'Open Letter to Comrade Lenin'

'The World Revolution'

Bookchin Reading Lists - based off of posts by Gorm1918 (pbuh)

'The Next Revolution'

'Urbanization Without Cities'

'The 3rd Revolution'

'The Ecology of Freedom'

Links to Resources and Libraries:

More Marx and Engels:


Other Selected Marxists:

Classical Works Recommended To High-Ranking Cadres:

Many important books can be found on libgen:

Libcom has some good books/documents:

Other links:

Various assortment of historical and biographical works:

The Leftist Bookshelf (4.16 GB, 600+ files)
This was originally a torrent but I can't find the link anymore. Its description was: "640 eBooks, mostly in PDF format (a bunch are CHM, DJVU or ePUB), from a revolutionary Leftist viewpoint. The main subjects are politics and philosophy, history, economics, and much much more."

Political Theory (MLM) (2.64 GB, 550+ files)
I found this on reddit years ago (circa 2016) Don't really remember who made it or where it came from, but this is a reading course (politics, philosophy, economics, etc) focused on Maoism. Has many books and articles on the USSR, PRC, Stalin, Mao, etc.

The Anarchist Library (669 MB, 4000+ files)
This is a complete mirror of the anarchist library with pdfs and epubs

Little Bunker of Marxism-Leninism (680 MB, 100+ files)
Unfinished project focused on M-L with more than 100 books on several topics like history, economics, politics, etc. Lots of stuff on the USSR.

Historical Materialism series (330 MB, 100+ files)
A pdf archive of over 100 books from the Historical Materialism book series. I got this from thecharnelhouse.org years ago and the website had released many marxist books from other publishers but unfortunately it's been taken down.

/leftypol/ with a slash of liberty (239 MB, 100+ files)
I didn't make this, just reuploading it. This is a classic /leftypol/ link, marxist stuff mixed with anarchism.

Marx & Engels Collected Works (900+ MB, 50 files)
The official, complete works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels organized in 50 volumes and 3 categories.
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Hey guys do you know that book about black people going to the Soviet Union and their experiences I remember reading it somewhere but I forgot.


Has anyone here read History of the Russian Revolution by Trotsky? I imagine it not only talks about the revolution itself but also the civil war as well right? Where is the main focus? Does it talk about the military aspect of the civil war, with Trotsky being a commander of the Red Army and all?


Has anyone read 85 Days In Slavyansk?


WHERE THE FUCK can I get myself some PDFs of レーニン全集 (Lenin Collected Works) in Japanese?


Hello. Does anyone have a book recommendation on christianity and fascism, especially modern evangelical christianity? I have read some articles but they are very limited in their analysis, and are mainly just descriptive of the conservative christian political movement. Im looking for something like a critical theory approach of the ideology of evangelicalism itself. There has to be something in the form of this religious ideology that in itself takes people towards fascism.


this isnt exactly about the innate qualities of the ideology (which… i think is maybe wrong anyways?), its more about the connection i guess

actually this reminds me, idk if it was in a Mike MacNair essay, or some essay on the trot theory of uneven and combined development (or the cross-section of the two? possibly), where they talked about how there are 3 forms fascism takes. One is the promotion of far-right ideas and culture, which has the effect/goal of disrupting working class organizing along with helping privatization, terrorize the working class, etc. Squeezes us lemons harder. The next form is that of paramilitary violence, which can be seen in fascist gangs who beat unionists and socialists, or ISIS, contras, etc. The third form being fascism "proper", the fascist state ran by a dictator who promotes (through violence and terror) national unity which suppresses the working class, and so on. It was very insightful, mentioning how in the US we have the first form (which pdf attached talks about the origins and development of), but it threatens to evolve into the second form and this is pushed by part of the ruling class, but mostly opposed, since it would be a larger threat to profits (because its a threat to stability). Interestingly, class collaboration philosophy/attitude as well as the ability to unite the bourgeoisie is able to be carried out effectively by liberals. Fascism incarnated in the state is totally unnecessary when liberalism does everything it can do, minus the extreme polarization and pushback.

As far as evangelical christianity, i would look at comparative studies against liberation theology, as well as in general the idea that protestantism is more harmonious with capitalism than catholicism or orthodoxy (a point marx brings up in passing once or twice in Grundrisse, maybe you could find it in his philosophical writings or Capital as well). Look to the specific parts of the bible which are being emphasized. As far as liberation theology, if you want english langauge and wider perspective than latin america, there's the philippines as well as MLK in the US and a small/diffuse following to this day around his preaching.


<The blind, totally uncritical acceptance and promotion of a doctrine or set of principles without any consideration of new evidence or changed circumstances and actual conditions. It is the approach of those who refuse to think about what they are saying and doing, let alone to really try to improve upon it, and who are instead determined to merely slavishly follow some previously established system of dogma as they understand it, come what may. Dogmatism is very common in religion, especially of the fundamentalist varieties. When it appears within politics, even within Marxism, it is a religious approach to politics.


where do you get the "we demand tomorrow" webpage screenshoot ? link website pls ?


None of those things are unique to fascism, unless "fascism" is reduced to "use of violence", and maintaining the fiction tha republics are ever what they appear to be. By that standard, the United States, the Jacobins, and the Soviet Union are all "fascist" because the state claims power and does stuff, and it would be nearly impossible to not be "fascist", because the cult of power is taken as inevitable and absolute.

The key distinction of fascism, stated by the fascists themselves, is "nothing outside of the state", and "nothing against the state". They actively seek to enclose the rest of the world and place it under state authority. It was then the task of the philosoper to mystify this, so fascism appears as something other than what it is by its own reckoning and deeds.

I can't recommend much, since writing on "fascism" often reduces it to a scare word. I'd look for critiques of the evangelical movement generally, rather than pseudo-critiques calling it "fascist". The transformation of religion and spiritual authority is an ongoing event and it's a dark hole to go down.
The honest are willing to say that a lot of these religious fundies are showing their Satanic side, but to acknowledge that requires acknowledging secret societies and conspiracies, and that is haram. I think it's more that many people did not really get what Christianity was from the outset, and you'd find better understanding from people who really get into theology and history, then from people who are tasked with pretending there are no such things as Satanists.


where the fuck is anti duhring in the sticky


What are the best leftist critiques of liberal idpol?


Not sure what "liberal" identity really denotes but
Adolph Reed should be good


>It pains my soul that our shitty theory was not enough to save humanity from this system of violence.
Marxism-Leninism isn't a shitty theory. Do you think Marx and Lenin wrote everything and we just dogmatically follow? No. The only theory we have is the theory that is informed by practice and experience. Every proletarian revolution, every proletarian struggle informs this body of theory. From Burkina Faso to Cuba to China to Congo to Chile, etc.

But other than that, you are correct. It was a picky point.


>Translated by the Institute of Party History and Literature of the CPC Central Committee, it's been published by the Central Compilation and Translation Publishing House.
Anyone have experience getting stuff like this? I'm seeing articles about the translation, but can't see where you're meant to download the thing, or if it even has a digital version.


Have you guys read Ian Kershaw's biography of Hitler?
Is there anything particularly bad about it from a leftist perspective?


Any history recommendations on the organizing work that the Bolsheviks did prior to revolution?


Kershaw is a typical lib who denies bourgeois influence over nasi germany. Read Fascism and Big Business or Wages of Destruction for counterpoints.


Anyone have an accelerationist reading list? Saw one floating around but cant find it



where does one acquire lasers strong enough to disable cctv cameras?


You need to research Weapon Fragments first.


>Weapon Fragments
i dont want to


then perish


Does anyone here know of any attempts to formalize marxist dialectics? like, has anyone attempted to develop a notation system?

think like one of these but virtual and less schizo


>>1394244 (me)
chatgpt says

The ABC of Materialist Dialectics by Evald Ilyenkov
The Three Categories of Dialectical Reasoning by Mao Zedong
The Tetralemma Diagram by J. Moufawad-Paul
The Four-Part Dialectical Diagram by Bertell Ollman
The Five-Step Method of Dialectical Analysis by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff
The Contradiction Matrix by Steve Keen and Russell Standish.

it might be possible to create a crowdsourced git based 'wiki' in an attempt to map out as many dialectical relationships as possible, attach excepts from theory, etc etc


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>Every proletarian revolution, every proletarian struggle informs this body of theory
>>>>>From Burkina Faso to Cuba to China to Congo to Chile
Literally all of those were spearheaded by the peasantry, with the exception of Chile which was a bourgeois parliamentary election


Wrong in the case of Russia. The Bolsheviks appealed to the urban industrial proles. The peasentry by and large supported the Socialist Revolutionary Party which ended up fighting against the Bolsheviks on the side of the Whites during the civil war (there was a Left SR splinter group that supported the bolsheviks but they got purged when they became super butthurt over Russia signing the peace treaty with Germany and tried to kill Lenin).


Not true in the case of Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the USSR as the other anon points out (although to my knowledge most peasants, particularly poorer ones and those not owning their own land supported the bolsheviks too, at least by the start of the civil war) and others. It's just that most successful revolutions so far have taken place in majority peasant countries, being the ones where the contradictions of class are arguably the most apparent due to poverty and an unstable bourgeoisie etc, although most countries are now majority proletarian. Also proletarianized countries will be likely to include th parlimentary methods in the revolution, which includes the historical successful examples of Chile, Czechoslovakia, Hungary again, Romania. Actually I think literally every communist movement ever heavily involved the proletariat class.


Peasants are just Proletarians that were held back a grade.


Which makes it all the more baffling that while listing off proletarian revolutions, anon chooses to name literally anything besides a proletarian revolution, thus my point
See above
>(although to my knowledge most peasants, particularly poorer ones and those not owning their own land supported the bolsheviks too, at least by the start of the civil war)
The Russian Revolution had a double character, its purpose was to carry out the bourgeois-democratic transformation domestically, while the creation of the Comintern served the interests of the international revolution, which would allow them to eventually carry out the communist transformation back home as well despite Russia not having a large proletarian base. Peasants were naturally big fans of the former, as peasants formed the backbone of every bourgeois revolution historically, but they would also be naturally be opposed to the latter, since their class is defined by the ownership of land.
>Also proletarianized countries will be likely to include th parlimentary methods in the revolution
Kautsky? And as a Romanian I am massively confused by the example of Romania as a successful parliamentary path to socialism lol, nevermind the fact that it was absolutely not a proletarianized country at that point in time.


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>It's just that most successful revolutions so far have taken place in majority peasant countries,
>The Russian Revolution had a double character,
In other words, 1910's Russia is, empirically, an outlier; the upper limit to which a country can be proletarianized and still being itself to successful revolt.


Halfway through this book as of yet. Anyone got more recommendations on The Young Lords?



>Valerie Solanas
For the record she was a schizophrenic who was allegedly raped (who knows if she really was or wasnt) which makes it more clear why she was like that.


everyone is pathological and traumatized, only those who cope in the system we revere and celebrate


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so true, narodniks and the SR's were right


any books on mengistu?


Well obviously they weren't.


here are notes from my most recent reading of Lenin's 'Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder'



you need to work on your formatting, bitch


it's normal markdown


How do you render markdown?


ehm… I use Obsidian for all my notes so


Also study something better than Lenin JFC. He was not a good writer.
Chapter 1 of Grundrisse is nice to chew over https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/ch01.htm


have read



You guys can have my most recent notes on Cornelius Castoriadis

'Modern Capitalism and Revolution'

'On the Content of Socialism (II)'



Whats the 101 book of his?


So i think those two and the imaginary institution of society are both really good. For an intro to his motivations probably modern capitalism and revolution is best and that is just a really good essay overall, but imaginary institution of society is the most rigorous.

happy ramadan


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Mohon maaf lahir dan batin :)

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