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Freien    106

What are your ten favorite leftist books? I am going to post my own list soon. There are too many that are worth for consideration. That was also the reason I didn't make a poll. Waiting to see your answers.

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Freien    106

10. The ABC of Communism by Nikolai Bukharin

9. What is Property by Proudhon

8. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

7. God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin

6. Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

5. 1984 by George Orwell

4. State and Revolution by VI Lenin

3. The Communist Manifesto by Marx/Engels

2. History and Class Consciousness by Gyorg Lukacs

1. Das Kapital by Karl Marx

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Caelapes    273

I think it would be helpful to link to PDFs/web-accessible versions of these books to help comrades find and read them.

I have tried to put together ten books by ten separate authors, with representation from Marxists and anarchists alike, though I personally consider myself a Marxist-Leninist. Here's my list:

  1. Sunkara, The ABCs of Socialism (good for babby's first socialism book—which is about all I'd use Jacobin for)
  2. Marx/Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
  3. Lenin, State and Revolution
  4. Kropotkin, Conquest of Bread
  5. Sakai, Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat
  6. Mao, Combat Liberalism (self crit or get hit)
  7. Bookchin, Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm (anarchist self-crit or get hit)
  8. Debs, "The Issue" (a 1908 speech, contains my favorite quote about "am I my brother's keeper?")
  9. Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (education as a radically liberating act)
  10. Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
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Burninati0n    41

For some reason I prefer reading my Leftism in essay form rather than book form. On that note, I'll give you my favorite 5 -- even though some on this list are painfully close to being essays rather than books. 

1) Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell [Orwell's lucid descriptions of Barcelona while it was under anarchist control is what made me first want to look into the economic beliefs of the far left, so it's a book that will always be a special one for me.]
2) Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
3) The Democratic Paradox, Chantal Mouffe
4) The Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci
5) Reform or Revolution, Rosa Luxemburg

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1. The Ego and His Own (Max Stirner)

2. The Right to be Greedy: Theses On The Practical Necessity Of Demanding Everything ( For Ourselves: Council for Generalized Self-Management )

3. The Conquest of Bread (Kropotkin, Peter)

4(tie). Revolutionary Catechism, Statism and Anarchy... (Bakunin)

5. Society of the Spectacle (Guy Debord) 

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