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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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>I recommend everyone to not neglect your spiritual side
>you're going to need to be spiritually healthy if you're going to survive
>go with wherever your intuition leads you
Reminder that the bugman Jordan Peterson acolytes have the exact same faux-mystical neoliberal ideology as Oprah.
<Just trust your intuition as an atomized, individual consumer of ideology, and you'll be happy and successful, that's The Secret


> Miguel Serrano
I do not really find his work that interesting. Often seems rambling that goes nowhere or isn't very based in reality. Besides that he was a literal nazi worshipper.

> spiritually healthy

Lmao what does that even mean? Try to be physically healthy and improved mental health and clarity will occur.

Yes it is very stupid. Society was build upon collective knowledge, capital in knowledge is used to build more capital in knowledge thus progressing humanity forward. Collective collaboration in projects drives this progress. It is the individual who is responsible of contributing towards the collective, and in return it is the collective's responsibilities to provide for the individual his or her contribution.

Individualism is the result of a disconnect between the collective and the individual, so the individual stops caring all together about the collective and only about him or herself. Individualism has never really been the driving force behind society in Europe, Christianity was dominant and it placed huge focus on community and collective values not individualistic ones.


recommended biographies on lenin and stalin?


>Lenin by Lars T Lih
>Reconstructing Lenin
>Leninism Under Lenin
>The official CPSU biography of him
>Another View of Stalin
>Stalin: History and Critique of a Black Legend
>Young Stalin by Montefiore (anti-Communist bullshit, but pretty fun, does an alright job portraying the kind of Looney Toons hijinks he got into in his youth. Read with a critical eye)
Avoid the Robert Service books at all costs


And biographies on mao?


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Just picked up these Young Adult novels


based and red pilled

i gave them to my teen daughter and now she kidnapped the local mAAAyor and is demanding ransom to establish a local commune


Virilio-Bunker Archaeology
I'll try find some copies of the others.


Lambert-Weaponized Architecture


thanks for this.


>>968850 Enjoy.
Guattari-Schizoanalytic Cartographies
Keenan Weizman-Mengele's Skull


Arroyo Belanger-Logistics Islands
Lotringer Virilio-Pure War
Gregory-Defiled Cities

I got most of these from aaaaarg.org
You need someone to invite you to get in but it's relatively easy to get one, I'd go to the reddit for it make an account and dm a poster who's inviting people asking for invites.


Anyone have a good debunk of anti semitism and other fascist brainrot in book form


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hey i keep finding small communist manifesto books in various used book stores in my area. should i leave them there for people to find and buy or should i use them for praxis some how? they're not necessarily put out of the way in the shelves but they don't stick out either. im afraid to make them look more prominent in fear that they'll be vandalized or something. anyone got ideas on how i could use these?


Make a sign that says "dope shit" and leave them in a pile by a high-school or college. Other than that just leave em and let them flow


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What are some readings on the Socialist Revolutionaries of the Russian Empire? I generally get the distinction between the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks but not quite the third one and its history all too well.


The world and the place where proletarians could exist on it is apparently just Europe and its spawns with the condition that they have internet access. Fucking dumb ass.


>I got most of these from aaaaarg.org
but anon, I already have an aaaaaarg.fail account ;)

Here's my contribution to this thread, relevant in the context of war in Ukraine.


Anti-Semite & Jew, Sartre


Anyone annotate their theory - pen or pencil? I'm going through 18 Brumaire and I feel some historical notes might be helpful


I use the zettelkasten method.


sorry if this is the wrong place to ask but where did the "supervillians who did nothing wrong" thread go? it was really interesting but i lost the URL not sure if i archived it though seaching the catalog did not yield results not sure if it was from another board? on leftypol



thanks mate i owe you some gonna re-archive just for safety


Does a specifically history-focused reading list exist for /leftypol/?


If there isn't I'd suggest 18 brumaire and Faulkner's Marxist History of the World as a starting point


I know this is a reading thread, but are there any good Youtube channels / podcasts that are good?


>are there any good Youtube channels / podcasts that are good?


Oof. I wouldn't use that site, use PeerTube. Or use YouTube through Invidious. Anyways, you can watch Zer0 Books or CCK Philosophy or something. From egoist anarchists I only know Dilvany, Comfy Milk Shop and a Russian channel called Individuum, as well as Magnus Panvydia but his channel is more about discussing stuff with austrolibertarians so that may not be of interest to you (or it may, I don't know). As for socialists, there are Richard Medhurst, Multipolarista, George Galloway, Democracy at Work and The Gravel Institute.


Oh, and Thought Bat is another egoist anarchist and market socialist so he might be of interest as well.


What's the key of investing hours and hours of reading theory beyond the basics if one of the key messages of communism is to actually change the world?


>if one of the key messages of communism is to actually change the world?
not really a key message; it's a single comment on another book from what is practically a note by marx. It goes against most of marxism - the idea of materialism, that, simply put, you don't change society to a meaningful extent, society changes you. And to fully understand how that happens and how to use it to beneficial ends it's important to read and take on board new ways of thinking and seeing the world.



The BPP aren't really "Maoists." They called themselves Maoists, but the definition of "Maoist" or more accurately MLM wasn't synthesized until after Mao's death. By modern standards, the BPP would be considered MLs or ML-MZT (Mao Zedong Thought).


black panthers were dixie(new afrika)bol


1. Pretend you own a business. (doesn't matter what kind)
2. Try to hire a person you know produces $5,000,000 an hour of value for you.
3. Pay them $5,000,001 in wages per hour of work
4. for a net loss of $1 and hour to you
5. ????
6. You are now a socialist or a flat broke capitalist
7. You realize to be a worker without ownership of the means of production and a say in the distribution of profits after sale is to be exploited.
8. To be a capitalist is to be an exploiter. If you are fine with this, you abandon your humanity are no longer part of the species because you erected a wall of apathy around yourself so that you are unable to be human.

Or listen to this short audio book.


hello commiebros.
where to find anything related to the administrative/legislative/judicial system of ussr? im not talking about systemical analysis, im talking about laws, acts, statutes, regulations, decrees, decisions, rulings etc.
and if they are scanned, its even better. i dont really trust secondary sources like historical books that allegedly copypasted the legislative act (for example).



hope your sarcastic, because that's a bastardized lib syncretization of humanistic and analytic marxism, taking the worst aspects of both




Is it at all necessary to read the 2nd volume of the Governance of China after reading the 1st one or is it just more or less the same thing with more recent speeches? What about the third? Can anyone here talk about anything specific that the 2nd volume delves into, because I really don't wanna read 600+ pages of "we should adhere to the principles of seeking truth from facts through reform and opening up, which will enable the freeing of productive forces and allow for China to be a moderately prosperous society and realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation" again for no reason.


My guy there is a famous Marx quote that states men make history (but not necessarily as they please)
You can make history, you can be a Gavrilo Princip (this is not a glow I'm just using a commonly known example of a dude murdering an aristocrat and single-handedly changing the fate of the Balkans, previously the Balkans were heading towards getting slowly colonized by neighboring imperialists like the Austro-Hungary the aristocrat was from)
The workers won't liberate themselves, they need a vanguard aka men willing to make history

Society changes you isn't a dialectic, society changes you AND you change it in return is


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Does anyone here know of any good books about Gorbachev and Gorbachev's reforms? The political state when he was a rising politician, how he was able to get into power, how he was able to push his reforms, what they were supposed to do, what they actually did, how this was exploited by liberals, how liberals managed to gain control, etc.


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Socialism Betrayed by R. Keeran and T. Kenny goes over some of those topics in detail. Attached PDF.


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What's missing?


That is only making Maupin look good in perspective. May I recommend an alternative?


Recommend me some books on the PR Benin NOW!!


I think over the last 6 years I have acquired an adequate understanding of Marxism and a terrible knowledge the capitalist mode of production that haunts me every night and motivates me to struggle. If you wish to inflict such a curse upon yourself you need to learn of the three components parts of Marxism, gradually recognize their interdependence and to deepen your research on the part for which you have the greatest calling. Mostly you need to be aware that Marxism is a partisan science. It seeks objectivity but does so through the lines of the proletariat. If you also have this initial stimulus and the drive to deepen your understanding of your position, revolutionary theory will reveal to you the complex matrix of capitalist relations from which you cannot escape without organized collective action. I have constructed a programme of theory that aims to gradually achieve this target. You should be able to progress easily in the early stages. However, as the material gets more advanced through the years you should be able to advance your critical thought as well. The last level is not the hardest but it is ambiguous and will require creativity on your part, as it is a matter that the communist movement still hasn’t resolved. Returning to lower stages will help you see what you missed and understand higher stages more easily. Preferably, the last recc of each level’s subsection should be read after having finished the reccs in that subsection, but you should change from subject to subject (ie from philosophy to economy etc.) so it won’t get monotonous. I would actually recommend starting multiple books of each level at once, it is not as bad as people make it out to be. Finally, my greatest advice would be to not study alone. If you study with your party, under its concrete organizational-political relations, these works will be a 100 times more valuable. If for some reason you are not in a communist org you should get some of your close comrades to do a study in group in whichever of these works they are interested in. Two brains are better than one, but the point of this get-together is not chit-chat but to actually examine experience under the lenses of revolutionary theory, the more you are the more concrete experience is examined in this way.
Entry level:
>Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein
>The Principles of Communism by Friedrich Engels
>The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism by Vladimir Lenin

A Level:
aa) Philosophy
>On Contradiction and On Practice by Mao Zedong
>Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels
>Elementary Principles of Philosophy by Georges Politzer
>Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy by Frederick Engels
>Wage-labour and Capital/Value, Price and Profit by Karl Marx
>Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin
>The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

>The State and Revolution by Lenin

B Level:
>The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature by Marx (optional)
>The Essence of Christianity by Feurebach (optional)
>Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy by Friedrich Engels and Theses on Feuerbach by Karl Marx
>German Ideology: Chapter I. Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks, Abstract of Chapter 3 [Idealist mistakes & Materialist corrections], The New Testament: "Ego": Rebellion (should be left for last in that level) by Marx and Engels
>Principles of Political Economy & Taxation by David Ricardo
>A Critical Dissertation On The Nature, Measures, And Causes Of Value; Chiefly In Reference To The Writings Of Mr. Ricardo And His Followers by Samuel Bailey (optional)
>The first two manuscripts and "Private Property and Labour" from the Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 by Marx
>What is to be Done? by Lenin
>The Civil War in France by Marx
>Critique of the Gotha Programme by Marx

C Level (on anarchism)
>The Philosophical Roots of the Marx-Bakunin Conflict by Ann Robertson
>The Poverty of Philosophy by Marx
>On Authority by Engels
>The Bakuninists at Work An account of the Spanish revolt in the summer of 1873 by Engels
>Conspectus of Bakunin’s Statism and Anarchy by Marx
>Strategy and Tactics of the Class Struggle Abstract by Marx

D Level
>Novum Organum by Francis Bacon (optional)
>Discourse on the Method by Rene Descartes (optional)
>A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (optional)
>The second and third chapter from Spinoza and Spinozism by Pierre-Francois Moreau (optional)
>Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
>The Preface from A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy by Marx
>The Value-Form Appendix to the 1st German edition of Capital, Volume 1, 1867 by Marx
>April Theses by Lenin
>Left-wing Communism, an infantile disorder by Lenin
>Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg


E Level
>Phenomenology of Spirit by G.W.F. Hegel (optional)
>Science of Logic by Hegel
>Marx's Marginal Notes on Adolph Wagner's 'Lehrbuch der politischen Okonomie'
>Λ. Λ. Βάσινα: Δεύτερος τόμος του «Κεφαλαίου», ΚΟΜΕΠ 2003/τ.4 (use google translate it'll do fine it's just an article)
>The Political Economy of Women's Liberation by Margaret Benston
>The General Theory of Law and Marxism by Evgeny Pashukanis

F Level (on the importance of Leninism)
> Materialism and Empirio-Criticism by Lenin
> Leninist Dialectics and the Metaphysics of Positivism by Evald Ilyenkov
>Grundrisse by Marx
> Marx/Engels, Briefe Uber Das Kapital, Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1954
> The Leninist Political Philosophy of Marxism by Hans Heinz Holz
>History and Class Consciousness by Gyorgy Lukacs

G Level (exposition of the Systematic Dialectic of Marx’s Capital)
>Dialéctica de El Capital de Marx by Mark Moisevich Rosenthal
> V.A.Vazjulin: Das System der Logik G.W.F.Hegels und das System der Logik des «Kapitals» von Karl Marx»
>Evald Ilyenkov 1960. Dialectics of the Abstract & the Concrete in Marx’s Capital Marx’s
>Capital and Hegel’s Logic A Reexamination Edited by Fred Moseley and Tony Smith
> The Capitalist Labour-Process and the Body in Pain: The Corporeal Depths of Marx’ s Concept of Immiseration by Joseph Fracchia
>Capital as a Real God by Ian Wright

H Level (Das Kapital time)
Time to read all three volumes of Capital and, if you are up to it, the Theories of Surplus Value.
You should be able to point out the misrepresentations:
> An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx's Capital by Michael Heinrich
> Reading Capital by Althusser, Balibar and others
>David Harvey’s companion to Capital
>Marx’s Capital by Ben Fine

I (for imperialism) Level
>Paul Sweezy & Paul A. Baran, Monthly Review Press, Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order
>Jim Miller, Must The Profit Rate Really Fall? - A defense of Marx against Paul Sweezy Nick Beams, Marxism and the political economy of Paul Sweezy

>Kwame Nkrumah, International Publishers New York, Neo-colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism

>Paul Trewhela, George Padmore: A Critique. Pan Africanism or Marxism?
> Herwig Lerouge, "Opportunism on the United Front Against Fascism: Its International Sources”
>Mao Tse-tung, Peaceful Coexistence - Two Diametrically Opposed Policies - Comment On The Open Letter Of The Central Committee Of The CPSU (VI)
>Modern journalism on the character of the African Union

>Arghiri Emmanuel, Modern Reader, Unequal Exchange: A Study of the Imperialism of Trade > Struggle of communists against the source of wars – Imperialism by the CC of the RCWP




Luckily there are mirrors of Marxists.org that didn't go along with that bullshit copyright strike. It's doesn't completely replace a MECW PDF hoard (many letters, especially by Engels late in life, were never transcribed) but all the important stuff is there and easy to find. I use this mirror: https://marxists.architexturez.net/archive/marx/works/date/index.htm

IIRC the Lawrence and Wishart copyright strike is especially indefensible because most of the work was done by Soviet and GDR translators, they just gave L&W the copyright to raise funds for the now-defunct (kinda) CPGB.


Are there any books explaining how the Communist Party of China organises, especially at the local/grassroots level? I think even if you disagrees with them, their ability to hold hegemony on Chinese society is still something we should be able to learn from.

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