Socialist history, cutting-edge left journalism, and classic leftist literature.
Left History and Theory
Current Leftist Journalism
CounterPunch. “Tell the facts, name the names.” Critical and investigative journalism alongside cutting-edge opinion articles.
Mintpress. In-depth investigative journalism of events from around the world. Consistently provides news you won’t find in the mainstream press.
Current Affairs. A libertarian socialist journal with plenty of biting analysis, witty commentary, and amusements.
The Principles of Communism by Friedrich Engels. The first real work of Marxism and the forerunner of the Communist Manifesto. Engels lays out the foundations of this hugely influential political ideology.
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels. The seminal text of Marxism and modern communist ideology. This book’s analysis of proletarian struggle has inspired revolutions and millions of people around the world.
Capital volumes I, II, and III by Karl Marx. For those who really want to stretch their minds, this is a complete analysis of capitalist society and the relationship of labor and profit.
The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin. An easy-to-read introduction to anarcho-communism. This book lays out the case for libertarian socialism, how such a society would be organized, and how it could be brought about.
State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin. A complete analysis of the role of the state as a tool of repression by the dominant class, and why it’s necessary to destroy capitalist state power in a proletarian revolution.
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin. Describes the inevitability of monopolization under capitalism, and analyzes how this situation led to the First World War.
Reform or Revolution? by Rosa Luxemburg. In this scathing critique of reformist Edward Bernstein, Luxemburg lays out the foundations of Marxism on the issues of political and economic power.
History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky. The seminal work on the October Revolution of 1917, written by its leader and foremost historian. For more reading, check out Trotsky’s autobiography as well.
Che Guevara Reader, collected works of Ernesto Che Guevara. Writings on socialism in the Third World, proletarian internationalism, and guerrilla warfare by one of the 20th century’s most recognized revolutionaries.
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The side of the American story that doesn’t get told in the history books; the struggles of the oppressed in the modern heart of the capitalist empire.
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman. The uniformity of the media in the U.S. and its role in propaganda, especially related to U.S. foreign policy.
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