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After the creation of our The Internationale's Library, the idea of a Reading Group has emerged. Personally, I don't really know how does a reading group work, but I suppose that people choose a book and after reading it they debate about the content.

Of course, we are not going to debate whether if the rabbit of 'Alice in Wonderland' was white or green, we are going to read books about politics.

So, tell me how many of you are interested on joining and what book do you propose.

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Me, me! 

Book Proposal: The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, which seems ideal for a reading group due to its structure (it is comprised of many short theses) and it could be easily analyzed or refer to certain parts. Also, it is pretty short.

 

42 minutes ago, Asturies-Llion said:

I suppose that people choose a book and after reading it they debate about the content.

We could read in stages and discuss in the meantime. Reading the whole book before we can talk about it is not necessary. Also, the reading group will make the reading a lot easier, since other members can explain and analyse stuff. It will definitely be a great experience and I hope that every each of you will join!

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9 hours ago, Asturies-Llion said:

Personally, I don't really know how does a reading group work, but I suppose that people choose a book and after reading it they debate about the content.

We pick a book, and all read some number of chapters, then talk about what we liked/didn't like/thought. 

Rinse, repeat. 

I'm in 

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I would possibly be interested in a reading circle here, as long as we allowed sufficient time to read and discuss, say one reading per month or so. Because this is on the side of other obligations it's best if this is at a very casual pace.

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On 5/10/2017 at 1:26 AM, North American Communists said:

I would possibly be interested in a reading circle here, as long as we allowed sufficient time to read and discuss, say one reading per month or so. Because this is on the side of other obligations it's best if this is at a very casual pace.

We won't read in a very fast pace, yeah. The duration will have to do with the books length, probably, but everyone will have the time . Good to see you joining!

 

More people are needed in order to move this forward, so cmon people!

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On 5/15/2017 at 2:02 AM, Soviet Potheads said:

sign me up

I was going to, then I got to the part about Rosa in your siggy, and I cried softly to myself ;)

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I must say I'm intrigued with Freien's choice. Sign me up.

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I'm in,

 I'm not too sure about making enough time, but I'll join in where I can. 

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I've been meaning to find time to read more from the library. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to force myself to do it.

I'm in, if a bit late. ☭

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3 hours ago, Cartanacia said:

I'm interested. By when should I have read the book?

Well, the Reading Group has died, as it seems. I really had high expectations about this, but it obviously didn't work. Forgot to address this before. 

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15 minutes ago, Freien said:

Well, the Reading Group has died, as it seems. I really had high expectations about this, but it obviously didn't work. Forgot to address this before. 

Ah, that's too bad. But I think I'll pick that book up anyway. 

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5 minutes ago, Cartanacia said:

Ah, that's too bad. But I think I'll pick that book up anyway. 

Good choice, comrade, it is an interesting read ;)

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Well I know I'm a bit late, but for communists or socialists looking to start reading up on the key tenets of the movement, I'd recommend these books, somewhat in this order:

 

1. The Fight for Socialism by Max Shachtman (and introduction)

2. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels

3. The State and Revolution by VI Lenin

And the Communist Manifesto (goes without saying).

You can get the second through fourth here in this book for only a tenner, comes with the Transitional Program, which is essential for understanding where Marxists can go from here. You can find that on amazon too, for American etc. comrades.

 

The Revolution Betrayed by Leon Trotsky is another for later, as the only serious Marxist analysis of what happened to the Russian Revolution after the death of Lenin. Without a thorough knowledge of this work, it is impossible to understand the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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